Article by Priyanka Chandani published in Indulge, The New Indian Express
Famous during the middle ages for bringing beauty to the grand cathedrals and churches in Europe, the exhibition promises to be at the intersection of traditional techniques and new ways of expressing
When you see artist Robert L’Heureux’s glasswork, you will relearn all that you know of glass as a material. This supposedly fragile material seems to be a rock-like object that can be shaped into anything when handled by the artist. Bringing alive the century-old art of glass or Vitrail as it is called in the West; Robert’s artwork will be a part of an upcoming exhibition titled Glass Work Exhibition by Happy Glass Studio at Centre d’Art gallery in Auroville. Famous during the middle ages for bringing beauty to the grand cathedrals and churches in Europe, the exhibition promises to be at the intersection of traditional techniques and new ways of expressing the art.
“It’s my way of expression and it takes many years to conceptualise and mould the glass into an art,” says Robert who made Auroville his home nine years ago. Hailing from Montreal, Canada, Robert began his apprenticeship as a stained glass artist at the end of the 1970s — “in an effervescent era where new ways of living and expressing oneself were sought.” It was only after he came to India to meet his friend in Puducherry that he fell in love with the place and decided to stay back. “After my daughter turned 20, I thought I could take a break and settle where the artistic community was present and involved,” he says.