My work intends to create a story of continuity between the past and present by collaging small bits of, what I consider, contemporary graphic symbolism with nature references. This lexicon is meant to bridge the healthy, tangibility of nature with a certain positivity regarding our modernity.
Artist: Alicia LaChance
From: St. Louis
Medium: Oil paintings and frescoes
Alicia LaChance is fascinated by the dichotomy of material and immaterial – the physicality of tar, fresco, canvas, and paint combine in an emotionality of images: “My work synthesizes color and form; these are used to communicate my personal attachments and emotions. Tension between images, forms, colors and materials resides within my work. The ideas inherent in Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism attract me. The resulting non-traditional sensibility in my work relies on visual stimuli; these attract the viewer and hold their attention, while eliciting an emotional response from them.”
Alicia has exhibited throughout the West and Midwest. LaChance’s work is included in corporate and private collections including the Kate Spade offices in New York, Gap Inc., San Francisco, Citadel and HGTV.
The vibrant paintings of Alicia LaChance are available at a Scottsdale art gallery. The Marshall Gallery of Fine Art is pleased to represent LaChance and share her brilliant works with our collectors.
- Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (terrazzo floor in C concourse)
- Contemporary Museum of Art, St. Louis
- Kate Spade offices, New York City
- Corporate collections of Gap Inc., Citadel, and HGTV
- Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
- for the Midwest edition of New American Paintings #95, 2011
- The Armory Show
“My work intends to create a story of continuity between the past and present by collaging small bits of, what I consider contemporary graphic symbolism with nature references. This lexicon is meant to bridge the healthy, tangibility of nature with a certain positivity regarding our modernity.
Imagery is closely associated with process. The mood and content of the work is largely a product of its surface and substance. The works begin on fresco where pigment is stained into wet plaster, creating either an image or an evocative worn surface. Once dry, multiple rounds of scraping and layering of paint takes place. Process is used to reveal small vignettes of development of the painting. Once the imagery has come together, illumination of the work with transparent glazes of oil color begins. Each oil glaze works through other much like vellums, giving the painting an inner luminosity. Ultimately, I hope these paintings resonate with a broad spectrum of people, engaging the viewer in present time with a modern beauty created through worn surfaces and contemporary imagery.”