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  • Karine Leger


Born in Montreal, Quebec, 1977


A graphic artist by profession, Canadian Karine Léger began to explore her interest in painting in the early 2000's. Over the ensuing years, her artistic vision evolved through photography, collage and painting.

At first, Léger was drawn to portraiture. Then in 2006 and 2007 she traveled to Northern Quebec and Iceland where the landscape completely changed her artistic vision, and she developed a love for vast spaces and the calm of winter.

Since then Léger has been developing a unique style through her abstract paintings. Léger's interpretation of these empty spaces starts with elaborate research of textures which she draws on from her own photographs, books and the internet. Léger's approach first involves the need for deconstructing to better establish the foundation for an introspective reconstruction.  Each painting is beautifully spare in both its palette and line.

In Leger's introductory body of work for Lanoue Gallery, she further explores her series entitled, "La Forme du Ciel" (The Shape of the Sky).  Similar but independent forms come together, at times nearly touching, other times precariously balancing on one another and, on occasion, merging.  

Léger's coupled elements invite personification. One imagines the opposing forms/ personalities growing closer, tentatively, in an attempt to find common ground. Her subtle outlines encompass parts of each shape, perhaps suggesting a meeting of the minds.



2010 Sans Visage - paintings, Narcisse Bistro, Montreal 

2009 Forêt - photography, StudioBizz, Montreal

2009 Portraits - paintings, Maison de thé ChaNoir, Montreal



2016 Karine Léger & Jaeok Lee, Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA

2015 Intervalle (with Patricia Barrowman), Galerie MX, Montreal, QC

2014 Winter Group Show: Introducing Karine Léger, Lanoue Gallery, Boston, MA

2014 Traits abstraits, Galerie MX, Montreal

2014 Karine Léger and Joanna Chelkowska, Galerie D, Montreal

2013 Déconstruction, Galerie D, Montreal

2012 Exposition collective de petits formats, Galerie Suite 60, Trois-Rivières 2012 Exposition collective Pi 2, Galerie MX, Montreal

2012 Le nord, le sud, Galerie Espace, Montreal

2011 Expositie Dierlijk, Gesamt Galerie, Rotterdam

2011 A small Conversation, Restaurant Le Barbare, Montreal

2010 The Sketchbook Project 2010, Art House Co-op, Brooklyn

2010 The Square Foot Show, AWOL Gallery, Toronto

2010 Swiss Consulat, Montreal

2009 Bain St-Michel, Exposition de petites oeuvres, Montreal

2006 Galerie In Vivo, Montreal



2015 Mixte Magazine, Art in the Balance

2013 Museum of Fine Arts of Sherbrooke – annual auction catalog of works of art 2013 Société Alzheimer du Canada – Catalog

2013 Magazine Spirituality & Health (Michigan) – article illustration

2011 Poetry book « Onun Çölünde » par Bejan Matur (Istanbul) – book cover 2011 Poetry book « Fake Book » par Tony Leuzzi (New York) – book cover

2010 Décover Magazine – artist’s portfolio

2010 Slice Magazine No 7 (Brooklyn) – article illustration 2009 Le Vadrouilleur Urbain – visual art blog