Françoise Lafortune aborde la toile de façon abstraite, sans toutefois que l’abstraction soit une fin en soi.


Françoise LafortuneFrançoise Lafortune started painting in the mid sixties. Her experience at the Studio of Frère Jérôme allowed her to immerse herself in a creative atmosphere where freedom of expression was encouraged. She touched upon various art forms. She realized that painting can serve to express unconscious thought as the canvass often captures the emotion of the moment without the artist realizing it.

Thereafter, Françoise felt the need to learn drawing techniques to perfect her approach to form and color. At Caroline’s Archambault’s studio in Saint-Sauveur, Québec, Françoise continued to perfect her work on the interplay between form and color, between nuance and clean sweep.

She satisfied a desire to explore eastern ways stemming from her appreciation for Tai Chi and Qi Gong, which she practiced for many years, by exploring calligraphy. Through such work with its focus on repetition and precision, she allied spirituality to the act of painting. Attracted to the inner world, Françoise nevertheless remains conflicted because of her passion for nuances.

Françoise address the canvas from an abstract angle, but, for her, abstraction in not an end, it is a means to approach the canvass to force out a story, as fleeting as it may be. She seeks to facilitate the coming out of what lurks within by attempting to marry sensibility and nuance with passion and conflict. She aims to recreate unity through the language of shadows and light, with forms that emerge without warning. Her work strives to free movement in a search for a unified and consistent structure. The artists that inspire her, namely Wang Yan Che, Fabienne Verdier, Emil Nolde and Milshtein, all share an ability to express strenght and sensibility, either in the abstract or in a graffiti-like fashion.

For Françoise, painting remains an attempt at forever reconciling opposite ends of the spectrum.

" Painting can serve to express unconscious thought as the canvass often captures the emotion of the moment. "