Gaetanne Lavoie

“Dreams pass into the reality of action. From the actions stems the dream again; and this interdependence produces the highest form of living.” - Anais Nin

The Double Plus One - Oil on linen 70 x 40 in.

Canadian Artist, Gaetanne Lavoie was born in 1978 and holds an MFA from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, as well as MFA from New York Academy of Art and BFA Honors from York University in Toronto, Canada.

"My current body of work focuses on conveying ideologies of freedom. I have been working to express my personal philosophies of spirituality in relation to the human condition by developing narrative compositions that project emotional contrast. Within the experience of each emotional state lies the potential for release and within that release lives freedom. I create psychologically spiritual narratives that are meant to produce a visceral, emotional reaction in the viewer. I intend to yield a lasting impact that induces free thought and dialogue.

Aesthetically, I have a preference toward more realistic/representational imagery with very little variation in brushwork. I want the compositions to speak for themselves and don’t want the application or brushwork to take away from the narrative. I enjoy bright, vibrant colors and utilize them often as a contrasting element to the overall narrative, which is often somber or somewhat disturbing.

I create multiple entendre narratives; compositions that the viewer can come back to over and over again and see something different every time. There are layers to the compositions, the first layer being the most obvious in intention, often utilizing contemporary symbols as a means of attracting the viewer, then a second and often a third layer to the narrative, creating a metaphor to enhance the philosophy.

I paint figurative paintings and utilize both traditional and contemporary techniques, and that alone is not very original; where my originality stands is in my compositions, narrative, and implementation. My lifelong goal is to create work that wakes the viewer into consciousness, my current body of work is heading in that direction, and although my compositions sometimes vary, they all carry this underlying intent.”

Untethered - Oil on canvas 42 x 62 in.
Creating Wonderland - Oil on linen 70 x 30 in.
Freedom - Oil on canvas 70 x 30 in.
The Definition of Insanity - Oil on canvas 30 x 40 in.

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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