Republic Gallery


October 19 to December 15

Lyse Lemieux's prolific drawing practice enlists a tandem investigation of figuration and materials. Faces, heads, and suggestions of full bodies populate the room, enacting an aesthetic concern that moves through and beyond portraiture. This collection of recent work demonstrates the artist�s compulsion to initiate and respond to gesture. Strokes of black ink confront the edges of the paper, while a meticulously curated colour palette enlivens personages that challenge the notion of a whole and continuous figure. These bodies, developed through rigourous experimentation and assemblage, comprise what Lemieux calls a �recital of drawings,� performing and showcasing the breadth of an intuitive and methodical process. This first solo exhibition at Republic Gallery demonstrates the broad scope of Lemieux�s drawing practice and her ongoing commitment to working with paper.

Lyse Lemieux has lived and worked in Vancouver since graduating from the University of British Columbia�s Fine Arts department in 1976. Over the past 30 years she has exhibited her work in public and private galleries in both Canada and Europe. Most recently Lemieux�s work was featured in Cut & Paste at the Equinox Project Space in Vancouver.

Untitled (Floating Body in stripes) (2012)
Cotton, glassine, watercolour, ink on arches, 44.75 x 30 inches

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