Art is almost like a long affair with objects and images and sensations, and what you can call the passions
– Francis Bacon
These non gender specific, human shapes are moulded into a relaxed position and, without eye contact, they are filled with expression. The contrasting colours are deep and interesting and the style is confident and feminine – a superbly talented Brooklyn based artist.
Liza Lacroix is a Montreal-born artist who creates large-scale oil paintings.
“I exalt in the aura that comes both from the historical prominence of painting and from its potency as an emotional object. Throughout the painting process, I am compelled by the heightened subconscious and intuitive possession that takes hold as a painting comes together, component by component, stroke by stroke. I am open to chance, accidents and awkward colour juxtaposition. I place the agency of the painting materials above personal intentions for storytelling; the paint has a life of its own.
While my influences are drawn from the canon of abstraction, I reject the dichotomy between figuration and abstraction. I prefer to refer to my work as abstract figurative painting. Using large canvases and a rich but muted colour palette, I create soft but arresting paintings using texture, wide strokes and watery oils. I often use reference material that contains images of humans, a practice in line with the history of abstract painting. I push my abstraction to a place where it becomes almost entirely non-respresentational – but it must still maintain a human presence. I wish to always maintain a trace of humanity.”