Oregon-based artist Leslie Ann Lemieux creates splashy, panoramic paintings that tell a story. Leslie’s abstract paintings also appear on clothing designs.
I love the way that Leslie seems to bring a lot of competing elements together into a highly cohesive visual narrative. In many of her paintings, numerous curving, intersecting lines form a sort of horizon that creates a path for their viewer’s eyes to follow across the canvas. Using deep, saturated tones of blue, crimson and yellow, Leslie’s paintings oscillate between looking like depictions of supernovae and of more terrestrial phenomena like the northern lights or a really well-lit mountainous landscape.
I’m fascinated by the way some of Leslie’s abstract forms seem to almost become figures, at a glance, or under the right viewing circumstances. The way the artist combines heavy, clear lines with undulating planes of color lends her works a highly illustrative nature, with subject matter that seems just tantalizingly out of reach.