Linda LaFontsee

Linda LaFontsee

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Linda LaFontsee • Profile

 

Linda LaFontsee

Using a variety of media including encaustic, oil and gouache, Linda LaFontsee conveys the dance of life with an organic freedom, independent of representation.  LaFontsee is inspired by color, movement and line; all of which she is continuously constructing and deconstructing through tones, varnishes, burns, molds, melts, and scratches into the surface of her paintings.

LaFontsee also finds inspiration in repetition.  History appeals to her; she is attracted to layers of peeling paint, the configuration of bricks, and natural outgrowths such as rings of a tree stump or the scattered tones of pebbles.  Like life under a microscope, Lafontsee’s paintings appear alive, in flux, primordial, and eternal.

LaFontsee attended Kendall College of Art and Design and has years of independent study and workshop experience.  Her paintings are included in the collections of Central Michigan University, Nokomis Foundation, Alticor, Bank of Holland, Jade Pig Ventures, and the law firm of Varnum Riddering Schmidt and Howlett L.L.P.  


Linda LaFontsee • Statement

"When your eyes are open, you see beauty in anything."
-Agnes Martin

I am inspired by color, movement and line.  In what is there and not there.

A line put down inspires another. Prodding me to add, embellish or void out.

My part in the process is simple - to listen, to keep on with it.

I build up, break down, and build up again.

Move the parts around until they settle into place.

Most lines are left. Their history is recorded.

Painting brings the stubbornness out of me.

While I am working on a piece, the hardest part is getting through the portion of the process where it doesn't work, when the parts don't fit together right and there is no harmony. I have to keep working on them until it feels right. I listen, react and keep painting until I feel settled and know that it is done.


Linda LaFontsee • Biography

EDUCATION

2003
Ox-Bow Summer Workshop, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saugatuck, Michigan; Painting Independent Study

2002
Two week residency, Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Mount St. Francis, Indiana

2001
Ox-Bow Summer Workshop, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saugatuck, Michigan; Painting

2000
Ox-Bow Summer Workshop, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Saugatuck, Michigan; Encaustic Painting

1983 - 1986
Kendall School of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, Michigan

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2016
LaFontsee Galleries, "Toast", Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Slightly Obsessive", Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Everyone in the Pool", Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Collective Alchemy", Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
LaFontsee Galleries, "Let's Get Started", Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Slightly Obsessive", Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Everyone in The Pool", Douglas, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Lookie Here”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2014
LaFontsee Galleries, “Annual Fall Celebration”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Slightly Obsessive II”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, “Hop Skip & a Jump”, Douglas, Michigan

2013
LaFontsee Galleries, “Slightly Obsessive”, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2012   
LaFontsee Galleries, “25 Year Gala,” Grand Rapids, Michigan
           
LaFontsee Galleries, “LG-Group,” Douglas, Michigan
           
LaFontsee Galleries, “Power of Pattern,” Douglas, Michigan
           
LaFontsee Galleries, “Fresh Squeezed and Locally Grown,” Douglas, Michigan

2011    
LaFontsee Galleries, “Come Out and Play,” Grand Rapids, Michigan
           
LaFontsee Galleries, “Summer Fun,” Douglas, Michigan
           
LaFontsee Galleries, “Opening Celebration,” Douglas, Michigan

2007
LaFontsee Galleries, "2007-d," Grand Rapids, Michigan

2006
LaFontsee Galleries, "FOUR," Grand Rapids, Michigan

2005
John Michael Kohler Arts Center, "One & Only," Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Ambient Gallery, "Random Repetition," Solo Exhibition, Grosse Pointe, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "April Fools: Paintings or Prints?" Grand Rapids, Michigan

First United Methodist Church, "Celebration," Juried Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2004
LaFontsee Galleries, "Tactile Surfaces," Grand Rapids, Michigan

Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, "Live Coverage," Grand Rapids, Michigan

2003
LaFontsee Galleries, "Holiday Muse," Group Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "Natural Code," Grand Rapids, Michigan

2002
Southwestern Michigan University, "Resurface," Solo Exhibition, Dowagiac, Michigan

LaFontsee Galleries, "LaFontsee Galleries' Fifteenth Anniversary Celebration," Group Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

College of Lake County, "Burning In: Four Encaustic Painters," The Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art, Grayslake, Illinois

LaFontsee Galleries, "Quiet Strength," Three-Woman Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2001
LaFontsee Galleries, "Winter Presents…," Group Exhibition, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2000
LaFontsee Galleries, "New Season, New Work, New Road," Grand Rapids, Michigan

1999
The Nines Gallery, "Small Works," Holland, Michigan

ARTS-RELATED EXPERIENCE

2002
Artist in Residence, Mary Anderson Center for the Arts, Mount St. Francis, Indiana

2000
Art Search Committee Member, Gilda's Club, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1997
Co-Chair, "Live Coverage," Fundraiser, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, Michigan

1985-present
Co-Owner, LaFontsee Galleries/Underground Studio, Grand Rapids, Michigan