Opening Reception: Saturday October 21, 2006 from 1 to 4 pm Marie Lannoo in attendance
Newzones is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by Marie Lannoo.
Moving between abstraction and representation, Lannoo's paintings exert a potent physiological effect on those who stand in front of them. Made up of many fluid layers, these simmering surfaces subtly shift in colour and texture as you move around them. Lannoo's works are, in essence, richly coloured mirrors composed of paint that aptly question the manner in which the human presence can be added into a painting.
Lannoo interest in testing the physicality of her paintings continues in her new series, Sight, Unseen. Connected both conceptually and physically, each painting in Sight, Unseen has been constructed from a section of another painting in the series. This association creates a poetic sense of continuity while still highlighting the individual brilliance of each piece.
Part of a provocative dialogue with Saskatchewan's painting history, Lannoo's works have, in the words of Timothy Long, head curator at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, "reinvigorated the traditions of abstraction that have persisted in Saskatchewan for over four decades." Marie Lannoo is steadily becoming one of Canada's leading abstractionist painters.
Lannoo was born in 1954 in Delhi, Ontario. She attended the University of Saskatchewan and studied painting at the Banff School of Arts as well as in Virton, Belgium. Her work has been shown in exhibitions throughout Canada and internationally. The Government of Alberta, Canada Council Art Bank, University of Saskatchewan and many more have purchased Lannoo's work. Much has been written about her paintings, most recently in the Western Living Magazine, Calgary Herald, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Canadian Art.