Ruth Lane (b. Toronto, ON, 1967) is a self taught figurative painter living in Elora, ON. The subject matter Lane paints from is varied, however recently her practice relies more and more on producing images based on memory rather than visual reference. In current painting practices she is exploring the themes of loss and impermanence. Working in emulsion paint, Lane combines elements of both figurative and abstract painting to represent the moment when natural environments and memory engage. Her work is in private collections in the US, Canada, Europe and Asia.
For me, painting is a highly personal experience, during which time I explore questions regarding identity as fluid rather than fixed. The subject matter I paint from is varied, but portraiture and figures are my true passion. I work from personal photographic images and life interchangeably. When painting, whether it be a landscape, portrait, or figure my primary concern is to capture the emotional content. While the portraits and figures I render reflect what is familiar, I am even more interested in conveying the inner workings. This is to say; what might be going on beneath the surface. I feel that this is where the dialogue begins, and space is provided for individual reflection.
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Lovers in the Pink depicts a male and female figure rendered with a somewhat symbolic, graphic approach. Conventions of line, shape, and most notably, colour are utilized to call into question which figure is feminine vs masculine. There is a fluidity and asymmetry of form that is playful and light-hearted.
Morning Coffee is an autobiographical domestic scene from a third-person perspective. The work depicts the artist and her partner engaged in their morning rituals-the morning shower and coffee. Details are flattened out, evoking a feeling of matter-of -factness in the midst of this intimate moment.