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Murals by DORAS seen at BNP Paribas, Montréal - Flow 1
Image credit: Olivier Bousquet

Flow 1

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One of four walls produced in partnership with Mu for the new BNP Paribas headquarters in Montreal, November 2019.

Flow is the state of mind when all distractions, self-awareness or critical self-judgement melt away leaving only intrinsic joy for the task at hand. It is a place that is hard to define or intentionally revisit, which is what makes it so desirable.

With this series of images, I wanted to explore the idea of flow because the search for it, fully aware of it or not, is the meeting point of every person with a passion.

Starting with a river or current, I wanted to emphasize a sense of creative play through a few repeated elements (the flower, the rope, the fabric, the path) surrounding one desirable object - the yellow fruit. Each character in the river interacts with the repeated elements in their own way, but gives the fruit special attention. Without literally being passion fruit, that is what the fruit represents. It's that wish, or goal or endeavour that makes us feel most like ourselves.

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Meet the Creator

historical ornament and contemporary fantasy.

Marc O'Brien (Doras) is a multi-disciplinary artist, illustrator, muralist and director based in Montréal, QC. He graduated from OCAD University, Toronto’s illustration program in 2012 where he received the gold medal in for his series “Genius”.

He spent the next three years working as a freelance illustrator and fine-artist in Toronto.

In 2015, he relocated to Montréal where he began to explore film making, set design, digital sculpting and animation. Shortly after his arrival in Montréal, he co-created OA series, in collaboration with the Movember Foundation, and spent the next few years producing and directing a collection of short films, highlighting men with alternative masculine identities. During those same years, the newly founded Caravane Studio saw potential in Marc’s painting to make cheap light things look like expensive heavy things. He spent three years more working on projects with directors in Montréal as a texture designer and set builder.

In early 2018, he paused most of his work in set-design to return to illustration and write and illustrate a book called “Fauve”, which he completed in February 2019 and is currently exhibiting across Europe and Asia through the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

Currently, Marc is pursuing his long-held interest in public art and has completed several large scale mural projects since 2018. His style is colourful and dream-like, often combining historical ornament and iconography with the language of contemporary fantasy. His large-scale pieces draw from his background in illustration, featuring objects, scenes and characters that might easily have been ripped from the pages of a book.

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