Loretta Fasan- Tree of Life, Oil, 30 x 30 inches

Loretta Fasan

My paintings are a combination of realism, pattern, trompe l’oeil, and whimsy. I paint female figures, at times mysterious, humorous, or serene, using intense or subtle colors, textures, and gold-leaf patterns in the costumes. There is an iconic aspect to some of the women, however it is softened by their expressions. It is exciting to see a character come to life, through a combination of observation, and imagination. Though most of the paintings are carefully planned, I like to allow for spontaneity, and the intangible: an element of surprise.

My technique is traditional, beginning with an underpainting, and building form and intensity of color gradually, yet always with the potential of adding an unexpected twist.

The elaborate beadwork, hairstyles, and ornaments are fun elements which help to create movement, richness, and give a sense of mystery to the paintings. Symmetry, proportion, pattern, and geometry are some of the underlying elements of my new paintings.

Gold has a spiritual significance for me. The gleam and warmth which emanates from gold adds an amber glow and a three dimensional effect to the paintings. The challenge in using gold or metal leaf is to integrate the gold into an overall scheme, rather than having it stand out as a foreign element. Gold also changes color and fluctuates under different lighting conditions, and takes on some of the color of its surroundings.

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Education:

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal, QC. 1982

Selected Exhibitions

2016     Inspirations Gallery, Lakeport, California

2015     Westmount Gallery, Toronto

2015     Galerie Vanasse, St. Lambert , Quebec

2015     The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC. November exhibition

2015     The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC “A Little Something in May” miniature exhibition

2014     Oil Painters of America Spring Showcase

2014     The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC. “All That Glitters” miniature exhibition

2014     Robert Lange Studios, Charleston, South Carolina, The 9th Annual Realism Show,

2014     The Malton Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio,

2013     International Guild of Realism, Tempe Center For The Arts, Tempe Arizona

2013     Women Painting Women, RJD Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York,

2012-2011   Inspirations Gallery, Lakeport, California,

2009     McCord Museum, Montreal, “Art and the Home” Mobilia Gallery, Pointe Claire, Quebec.

2007     Galerie de la Ville, Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec

2007     “Art and the Home” Mobilia Gallery, Pointe Claire, Quebec

2006     Plattsburgh State Art Museum, Suny, Plattsburgh, NY.

2005     Stewart Hall, Pointe Claire, QC

2004     Plattsburgh State Art Museum,Suny, Plattsburgh, NY

2003     McCord Museum, group show

2002     Toronto Convention Center solo exhibit

2001     Galerie de la Ville, Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec, solo show, “Creatures of Light”

1999-1998  Galerie Schorer, Montreal, group shows gallery artists

Interviews, Features, Publications

Art Renewal International Salon finalist (catalogue photo and online showcase 2014-15)

Oil Painters of America Honorable mention 2014

Art Renewal International Salon finalist (catalogue photo and online showcase 2013-14)

Carrie Turner interview: FASO (Fine Art Studio Online) featured artist August 2013

Southwest Art magazine November 2013

The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition finalist 2013

Musetouch Magazine online 2013

Contemporary Painters, Schiffer Publishing, 2012