Elise Lafontaine

born in 1984, she lives and works in Montreal, Canada. She is currently completing her BFA in the Department of Studio Arts at Concordia University. Since 2009, her works have been exhibited in Canada, the United States, Japan and Turkey. „My painting questions the delicate and complex relationships between Man and Nature; it attempts to stress our domesticated surroundings as a byproduct of culture. Natural and artificial elements – ancient architecture, ruins of civilisations, forests, industrial machines or even familiar objects – come together in utopian landscapes where all seems deconstructed, fragmented, abstract and even unattainable. My compositions reflect varied degrees of a muddled, isolated and forgotten world. They play on the paradox of the conspicuous absence of any human presence in an altered nature, of an environment nevertheless marked by Man’s intervention.“

Education
2015 BFA Visual Art, Concordia University, Montreal
2005 Certificat in History of Art, UQAM, Montreal
2004 Museology (DEC), Montmorency College, Laval

Group show and Art fair
2015 Ruins, gallery Luz, Montreal
2014 Emergence, gallery Spazio, Toronto
2014 Fresh painting and new construction, Art Mûr, Montreal
2014 VASResidency, VAV Gallery, Concordia University
2014 Endroits-Passages, Leopold Plotek, Onze Gallery, Montreal
2013 Auction Fondation, MACL, St-Jerome
2012 Baronesque, Conseil des arts de Montreal, Gaston-Miron Building, Montreal
2012 Toronto Art Fair, Gallery Artêria, Ontario
2011 Toronto Art Fair, Gallery Artêria, Ontario
2011 Infringement Festival, Gallery Loft 243, Montreal
2011 Me and the devil, Gallery Plateau,Montréal
2010 A breakneck, Gallery Espace Contemporain, Montreal
2010 Reflexive self, ö Patro Vys Theater, Montreal
2010 Contemporary Art Istanbul, Gallery Artêria, Turkey
2010 Fire Sale,Coop Ecto, Montreal
2010 Affordable Art Fair New York, Gallery Artêria, USA
2010 Tokyo Art Fair, Gallery Artêria, Japan
2009 Contemporary Art Istanbul, Gallery Artêria, Turkey
2009 Pied carré, Gallery Zone Orange, Montreal
2009 Duel, Gallery Viaduc, Montreal

Honors and Grants
2015 Travel Grants for LIA residency, LOJIQ
2015 Nominated for 1er price BMO, Financial group, Bank of Montreal
2013 D.L.Stevenson Colour Scholarship, University Concordia
2012 Fellowship Vermont studio Center
2010 Raymond-Blais, Fondation Desjardins

Residency
2015 Leipzig International Art Programme, Germany
2012 Vermont studio Center, USA

Collections
Loto-Québec
Several works are part of private collections

Contact
eliselaft@hotmail.com