Alain Trocher’s Unconventional Journey in the Arts
Updated: Mar 15
Exposed to the arts at a young age visiting museums and art galleries with his mother, Alain Trocher gained an appreciation of the arts. The Haitian born artist whose childhood was spent between his native home and Canada did not envision a career in the arts. When he was about 20 years old, his adoptive mother, Dèita asked him to paint boat scenes to decorate the stage where she was going to perform as a storyteller.
His first attempt at painting. Jean-Claude "Tiga" Garoute, a famous Haitian painter, saw Trocher’s work and told Dèita that her young protégé is talented. His interests in the arts grew, still Trocher did not see art as a career but instead, he graduated from the University of Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) and McGill University in Quebec.
In 2017, Trocher introduces his works at his first exhibition at Les Ateliers Jérôme. The abstract painter was overwhelmed as he was not expecting such praise. “I was very moved, I did not expect such appreciation from the public. These works were no longer in my studio, but perfectly hung in an adequate space. I am an introvert and being in the lime light was a first,” said Trocher.
CE: Where did you begin to develop relationships with artists?
AT: At Ateliers Jérôme, in Haiti, I learned to observe and appreciate the works of contemporary artists; and dialogued with artists such as Ronald Mevs, Pasko, Marie Hélène Cauvin, Pascal Smarth, Ludovic Booz, and Franck Louissaint.
In addition, I helped catalogue the works of Jean-René Jérôme, a Haitian painter who is considered one of Haiti's greatest artists, who also established the Ateliers de Jérôme. This helped me delve deeper in the art community.
CE: You love to travel, which of your trips played a key role in your taking your artistry seriously?
AT: In 2015, I traveled to Morocco and vacationed there for three weeks. From the time I painted the boat scenes for my adoptive mother to my journey in Morocco, many years had passed. During this visit I had the opportunity to take painting lessons with the artist Jamal Ouadi. It happened by happenstance. It was fate. The couple with whom I was staying took lessons from Ouadi each Saturday and they encouraged me to come with them and so I did. After this eye opening experience, I returned to Haiti determined to hone my craft.
I was afforded the opportunity to spend several months in Odile Latortue’s studio. She introduced me to the pleasure of lyrical abstraction. She helped to develop my talent, and to better know myself. Because your creation is a conversation with yourself.
CE: What is it about abstract work that drew your interest?
AT: In addition to spending time in Latortue’s studio, I also participated in painting workshops, one of which was at the Brazilian Cultural Center with Brazilian artist Claudia Simoes. Early on, my choice of abstraction was clear and firm and I immersed myself wholeheartedly.
CE: How have your travels influenced your work?
AT: Traveling has impacted my work a lot. I loved to travel. I am a people person meeting people, experiencing different cultures, different facets of humanity at all levels expanded my perspectives about the universe, humanity. All these elements, whether it is the people I met, the museums I visited, the monuments I contemplated, even nature enriched my work.
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CE: What artists do you appreciate and/or admire?
AT: Jean-René Jérôme, Bernard Séjourné, Tiga, and Ralph Chapoteau. I also admire Vincent van Gogh. I love his colors.
CE: What inspires you?
AT: “I don’t conceive life without passion, indeed, the process of creation consist of giving birth to that subtle embryo that exists deep within us in a transformed artistic form, be it literary, dance, music, sculpture, and/or painting.
CE: What is lyrical abstraction?
AT: It is an abstract art form. There are no lines that separate the piece. It enables me to communicate my deepest thoughts, ideas, emotions, emotions, and spirituality.
CE: What process do you use to create?
AT: Each movement of creation is preceded by an introspection, which, when it takes a life of its own, propels the stroke onto the canvas. Although spontaneous, these coordinated movements which stem from my imagination are related to life’s trials and tribulations, joys and pleasures and even random captured fragments in our environment.
It is from these strokes on the canvas that I compose my subject and add color to the identified forms. At this point, reality escapes and gives way to the imposing forms.
I chose abstraction as a mode of expression as it corresponds better to the mystery of life, it is not just a point of view, but a way of seeing, of apprehending, of feeling.
The pleasure of abstraction is that it leaves a lot of room for imagination and interpretation, and often incites research and questioning.”
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