These delicate drawings open up a subtle landscape of colour and shapes, abstract works of a lyrical aesthetic.

The works come in a variety of formats, some in triptychs, as in the piece entitled "Onde" in which three oblique forms seem to slide up and down as if in a slipstream.

Melded into, rather than placed against a background, they are strangely organic, alive.

In other works, such as "Temps 1, 2 & 3", the image is pure abstraction with colour planes overlapping, and the composition bolstered by dark lines that intertwine and disperse against the colour.

They are perhaps the most static of the selection, for movement seems intrinsic to Tognon's oeuvre. It is the energy that imbues a stunning piece called appropriately "Valse", where round, roughly 'constructed' orbs of different sizes dance against a pale background.
The sensation of movement is aided by the shadows that attach and detach from these shapes, propelling them as it were within the composition.

Born in Montreal in 1959, Lisa Tognon holds a degree in fine arts with a major in printmaking from the University of Quebec in Montreal.

In 1998, she won the Loto-Québec prize in a print contest and received the Award of Excellence at the L’Art et le Papier III Biennale, of Galerie Jean-Claude Bergeron.

That same year she received the Jacques-Cartier Arts Award from the City of Lyon at the International Biennial of Miniature Prints. In 2010, the City of Laval showcased her works in a major solo exhibition.

Lisa Tognon
Galerie D'art Jean-Claude-Bergeron(lien externe)
150, St.Patrick Street
Ottawa
Until April 24, 2016

Onde, 2015, encre sur papier Kozo, Triptyque, 84 x 76 cm
Temps 1, 2016, techniques mixtes et pointe seche sur papier japonais, 78 x 56 cm
Temps 2, 2016, techniques mixtes et pointe seche sur papier japonais, 78 x 56 cm
Temps 3, 2016, techniques mixtes et pointe seche sur papier japonais, 78 x 56 cm
Valse, 2014, encre sur papier, 110 x 75 cm