Posted on the 19th february 2021
Author : Yohann Goyat
Josiane Lanthier is a young contemporary visual artist from Montreal. But recently she move to, by choice, the region of Charlevoix (Quebec) and more precisely in Baie-Saint Paul. Josiane is an energetic artist bursting with ideas and projects. Her paintings are as colorful as her life and the encounters she has had so far. The one whose "street credit" is indisputable, sees in the work and the association of colors similarities with human relations. Meet this young woman whose desire to democratize the visual arts is as big as her paintings.
Josiane Lanthier graduated her bachelor in visual and media arts at UQAM in 2014. For everything else, she learned it on the job. Her canvases mainly portray landscapes that she observed at one time or that remind her of memories, key moments. The mixtures of colors are expertly thought out and each detail has its importance during the setting on canvas. “Painting is problem solving! "She launches before adding:" It is in nature that I find the answers. Nature gives it back to us so well! ".
« Baie-Saint-Paul was waiting for me »
Her move to Baie-Saint-Paul was therefore not trivial. Her relationship with nature is personal, introspective and also conducive to new paintings. But this exile also has another important aspect regarding her vision of art. Josiane wants to meet a new audience and introduce this new audience to a new, more contemporary and modern style. "The farmer and the construction worker have a very different view of art than city dwellers" she says with humor but conviction. Baie-Saint-Paul was a favorite but also a strategic place for her future career. “It seems that Baie-Saint-Paul was waiting for me. It was meant for me! »She quips. Indeed her last real estate acquisition was a master stroke: a home with a space transformed into a studio / gallery in the semi-basement.
This huge double room, crossed by natural daylight, is conducive to the creation and exhibition of her paintings. Josiane marvels every day at the sun which shines a light on her works and says she is determined to make this double room her art gallery. "In the near future I would like to invite artists in residence (tattoo artists, painters, musicians etc.) and exhibit my paintings at the same time" she says enthusiastically.
The meaning of colors
Her colorful canvases will not go unnoticed on the main artery of the town of Baie-Saint-Paul. "All glass with a door to the outside, the opportunity was too good" she said. The bright colors of her canvases remain faithful to the context she wants to give them. However, the abstract always dominates in order to give free rein to the imagination. “I want everyone to see their story. It has its own meaning and is reflected in the work, ”she adds. The match of colors is also very important in the elaboration of each of her paintings: "orange and lilac match with mauve but at the right dose" she explains before imagining her words with humor: "I associate colors with humans. We are all unique, we do not match with everyone. The colors are the same. "
Josiane piles up her works in her studio, not knowing what to do with them (or almost). Some are there, unfinished, but for all that full of meaning and beauty. However, the artist's excessive perfectionism always catches up with her and constantly surprises herself retouching her canvases. “You can be a beautiful blonde woman with blue eyes, but that's not everything. " she says. To use this metaphor Josiane is not content to make a beautiful canvas, but rather to add one or more elements that will radically change the vision of it.
The art therapy
It happens on a few rare occasions to bring out old canvases and to erase almost all of their content. She scratches, she brushes, so many techniques that lead her after a reflection more to see something new taking shape. This phenomenon, also called “pareidolia” *, led her to give new life to this painting. “I do art therapy. It's very impulsive but calculated. "I play a game of chess with the board ”she imagines before adding:“ The paintings have problems that I constantly solve. ” The textures are carefully studied and drawn, and each brush stroke thoughtful. The sense of lines, shapes and especially the match of colors are essential things in the composition of her works. "The shapes, the sensations, the reliefs that she sees and that she feels thanks to the sewing allow her to better apprehend the colors and the textures of her fabrics", she concludes.
Josiane Lanthier is a free spirit of the visual arts. This young woman shines as much as the powerful colors she chooses meticulously for the design of her paintings. The one who says she has no "school credit" has nothing to envy others. Behind this abundance of colors and voluntary artistic vagueness, Josiane Lanthier intends to break the codes and democratize the visual arts so that everyone can relive their own memories through her paintings.
* Pareidolia: Psychological phenomenon, involving a vague and indeterminate stimulus, more or less perceived as recognizable.
Website : www1.josianelanthier.com