Louise Fauteux was introduced to art, following the footsteps of the Automatists. Influenced by Borduas and Brother Jérôme, she discovered the roles of the subconscious, movement and haphazardness. She subsequently detached herself from pictorial representation and oriented her research towards warm colors blocks, where the notions of space and freedom are recurring themes.
Fauteux’s paintings show a desire to return to the innocence of childhood and games. The horizon, always placed very high, plays a major role in immersing ourselves in the reality seen through the eyes of a child. Indeed, the oversized space occupied by the earth, the ground and the volume of the pool (Pool II and Pool III) seem to be adapted to the perception of a child’s proportional relationship, through his interest for his environment.
The Artist’s work presents contrasts and dualities (structure/fragility, know-how/clumsiness, abstraction/figuration, passive/energetic) that reveal a free artist in her practice and unconventionality. The work takes its strength from its contrasts and releases an atmosphere of lightness, humor and escape which reminds the onlookers of vacation, summer, sea … and gives the viewer the freedom to project his thoughts on the two-dimensional surfaces of the canvas where time seems to have stopped.
Born in Ottawa, Louise Fauteux has at first completed a bachelor in fine arts at University of Ottawa. She installs herself in Montreal where she will have some classes at the Atelier du frère Jérôme. She will then obtain a bachelor in visual arts a Université du Québec à Montréal. She has participated in more than 20 collective exhibitions and has held 7 individual exhibitions. From 1984 to 2000, she teaches visual arts at the Fondation Culturelle Jean-de-Brébeuf, in Montréal. Her works are part of public collections in Canada, namely the Banque de prêt d’oeuvres d’art du Conseil des arts du Canada.