Karine Leger

Canadian, b. 1977


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Karine Léger born in Montreal, Quebec, 1977. A graphic artist by profession, Léger began to explore her interest in painting in the early 2000's. Over the ensuing years, her artistic vision evolved through photography, collage and painting.

At first, Léger was drawn to portraiture. Then in 2006 and 2007 she traveled to Northern Quebec and Iceland where the landscape completely changed her artistic vision, and she developed a love for vast spaces and the calm of winter.

Since then Léger has been developing a unique style through her abstract paintings. Léger's interpretation of these empty spaces starts with elaborate research of textures which she draws on from her own photographs, books and the internet. Léger's approach first involves the need for deconstructing to better establish the foundation for an introspective reconstruction. Each painting is beautifully spare in both its palette and line.

In Leger's introductory body of work for Lanoue Gallery, she further explores her series entitled, "La Forme du Ciel" (The Shape of the Sky). Similar but independent forms come together, at times nearly touching, other times precariously balancing on one another and, on occasion, merging.

Léger's coupled elements invite personification. One imagines the opposing forms/ personalities growing closer, tentatively, in an attempt to find common ground. Her subtle outlines encompass parts of each shape, perhaps suggesting a meeting of the minds.

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