Marie Lannoo

About the Artist

Marie Lannoo was born in Delhi, Ontario and makes Saskatoon, Saskatchewan her home. She has developed a reputation as an outstanding  abstractImagery which departs from representational accuracy, to a variable range of possible degrees. Abstract artists select and then exaggerate or simplify the forms suggested by the world around them.  (Artlex.com)  painter whose work explores ideas of surface, reflection, depth and colour.  Her  paintingWorks of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is either a tightly stretched piece of canvas or a panel. How the ground (on which paint is applied) is prepared on the support depends greatly on the type of paint to be used. Paintings are usually intended to be placed in frames, and exhibited on walls, but there have been plenty of exceptions. Also, the act of painting, which may involve a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's other concerns which effect the content of a work. (Artlex.com)  Whatever Happened to the Goebbels’ Family? is represented in the ARTSask theme Homelands and was one of her last works in a  seriesA number of things or events standing or succeeding in order, and connected by a like relation; sequence; order; course; a succession of things; as, a continuous series of calamitous events. (The Online Plain Text English Dictionary)  of work in which she explored  figurativeUsed to describe an artwork which visually references, depicts, or describes the human body as a focus.   imageryAn image is a picture, idea, or impression of a person, thing, or idea; or a mental picture of a person, thing, or idea. The word imagery refers to a group or body of related images. (Artlex.com)  and narrative.  She is a prolific artist who exhibits locally, nationally and internationally and her paintings are represented in many collections.

Lannoo’s interest in investigating abstract art practices and exploring colour began in 1984, when she established her full-time career as an artist. Since that time, she has examined a variety of themes and processes. In her current abstract work she is exploring the magical effect of layering colour to produce a variety of colours and create the  illusionA deceptive or misleading image or idea. (Artlex.com)  of depth. She is also interested in how the changing light effects our perception of colour. She imbues her work with the experience of colour and wants to involve her audience and connect with them through their experience with her work. As the viewer interacts with the  surface(an element of art) The outer or topmost boundary or layer of an object. Colours on any surface are determined by how incident rays of light strike it, and how a surface reflects, scatters, and absorbs those rays. The material qualities of a surface, as well as its form and texture further determine how it is seen and felt. (artlex.com) See also texture.  of the  paintingWorks of art made with paint on a surface. Often the surface, also called a support, is either a tightly stretched piece of canvas or a panel. How the ground (on which paint is applied) is prepared on the support depends greatly on the type of paint to be used. Paintings are usually intended to be placed in frames, and exhibited on walls, but there have been plenty of exceptions. Also, the act of painting, which may involve a wide range of techniques and materials, along with the artist's other concerns which effect the content of a work. (Artlex.com)  and is reflected in it, the surfaces change and provide totally new or unexpected reflections of colour. What appears simple on the surface becomes more complex as you spend time experiencing her work.

Lannoo is always open to her environment and finds inspiration in everything she does, sees and experiences. She is captivated by a variety of stimuli such as magazine articles, books on string theory, the Aurora Borealis (see image below) and popular television programs. The vast open spaces of the prairie landscape and the clarity of light also have had an effect on Lannoo and her work. Some of her greatest artistic influences are Otto Rogers, Eli Bornstein, Mark Rothko and Zaha Hadid, as well as the artists of the “Regina Five“: Art MacKay, Ken Lochhead, Ted Godwin, Ron Bloore and Doug Morton.

Aurora Borealis


Her Move Towards Abstraction
Invisible Flames
Listen to the Artist Within You
Reflection and Colour in Her Current Work
The Story Behind the Painting Whatever Happened to the Goebbels Family?
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