JENNIFER LEFORT

Jennifer Lefort explores contrast, space and the use of colour through abstract painting and sculpture. She deftly probes the coexistence and codependence of formalism and expressionism, colour field and pattern, structure and disorder, depth and flatness, and failure, accidents and intuition. Her practice garnered her the prestigious Joseph Plaskett Foundation Award in painting. In recent years she has shown her work in several solo and group shows in Canada and internationally. Of significant note are solo presentations at the New York and Basel VOLTA fairs, a temporary public artwork commission for the MACL (museum) as well as solo exhibitions with Patrick Mikhail Gallery in Montreal and at the Galerie UQO (institutional) in Gatineau. The artist has upcoming plans for exhibitions in Montreal and Los Angeles in 2017.

 

 

EDUCATION

M.F.A. York University, Toronto, On, Canada 2006

B.F.A. with distinction, Concordia University, Montreal, Qc, Canada 2002

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 (TBD), PES Limited, curators Corinne Bernard & Chelsea McCarthy, Los Angeles, CA,USA

2016 The Anecdotal and The Abstract (After L.A.), Patrick Mikhail Galery, Montreal Qc, CAN
2016 Le nouvel atelier, Galerie UQO, Curator Marie-Hélène Leblanc, Gatineau, Qc,CAN
2015 Solo presentation PMG@ VOLTA BASEL, Basel, Switzerland
2015 Proposition pour monument potentiel, Musée d’art contemporain des Laurentides, St-Jérôme, Qc, CAN
2015 Dire Oui, Patrick Mikhail Galery, Montreal Qc, CAN

2015 Chromadose, GNO, curator Cheryl Rondeau, Sudbury, On, CAN
2014 Full Spectrum (Duo with Dominique Petrin), OPTICA, Montreal, Qc,CAN
2014 Lefort, solo presentation PMG@ VOLTA NY, New York, NY, USA
2014 Repères abstraits, Espace Odysée Mdcl Gatineau, Gatineau, Qc, CAN
2013 R+Y+B if ever there was, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, On, CAN
2013 Balise ( en couleur) Beacon (in colour),Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2012 Lefort, solo presentation PL@ ART TORONTO, Toronto, On, CAN
2010 Make-Believe, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2007 After Berlin, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2006 Spots & Fabulisms, Drabinsky Gallery, Toronto, On, CAN 
2006 Pretend You’re Here, Galerie Trois Points, Montreal, Qc,CAN
2004 Juicy, Galerie Trois Points, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2004 The Systematic Arrangement of Pretty, SKOL Centre des arts actuels, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2003 Titillation, Maison de la culture NDG, Montreal, Qc, CAN

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

2017 McClure Gallery, Curator Lee Plotek, Montreal, Canada

2016 TEN, Anniversary Group Exhibition & PMG Editions, PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY MONTREAL

2015 How's It Going?, P.E.S. Limited, Avenue of the Americas Project Space, New York, N.Y., USA

2014 Preview, PATRICK MIKHAIL GALLERY, Ottawa, Canada
2014 Ten years of Plaskett, Vancouver, Bc, CAN
2013 La jeune peinture et ses collectionneurs, curated by Réal Lussier, Plein Sud, Long.Qc, CAN
2012 New work, the BUNKER, Parisian Laundry , Montreal, Qc, CAN
2012 Abstraction in Canada, curator Otino Corsano (online), LLP
2012 Mois de la culture, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2012 Spill, The Drake, curated by Mia Nielson Toronto, On, CAN
2011 Between the Cracks (picturing the fourth dimension), curated by David Elliott , Oboro, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2011 State Of The Art, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Ottawa, On, CAN
2010 Beyond/In Western New York, Castellani Art Museum/Albright-Knox, Buffalo NY, USA
2010 Summertime in Paris, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2008 The first five years, Emily Carr Concourse Gallery, Vancouver, Bc, CAN
2007 Introducing, Bjornson Kajiwara, Vancouver, Bc, CAN
2007 RBC Canadian Painting Competition Exhibition (TOURING), Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto; Galerie d'art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen, Université de Moncton; MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ont.; Winnipeg Art Gallery; Emily Carr Institute Art + Design, Vancouver BC, CAN
2006 Summertime in Paris, Parisian Laundry, Montreal, Qc , CAN
2006 CollectArt: La collection, Maison de la culture Frontenac, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2005 Small Comets: A New Class of Interplanetary Bodies Confirmed,64 Steps Contemporary Art, Toronto, On, CAN
2005 Chromopholie, Gallerie Trois Points, Montreal, Qc, CAN
2002 Tribute to Yves Gaucher, Leaonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Montreal, Qc, CAN

CURATING AND COLLABORATIONS
2013 Painting Perspectives, CURATOR, artists include: Kristine Moran, Carol Wainio, Jeanie Riddle, Janet Werner, Jinny Yu, AXENEO7, Gatineau Qc, CAN
2013 Northern Scene, COLLABORATOR with AXENEO7, SAW gallery and National Arts Center Ottawa, On, CAN
2013 Sakahan, CURATOR-COLLABORATOR with National Gallery of Canada and AXENEO7, CAN
2012 AmourAnarchie (LoveAnarchy), Assistant to CURATOR, artist include: Jean-Luc Verna, Diane Borsato, Mathier Beauséjour, Nicolaj Dudek, Manon de Boer, CAN

TALKS-PANELS
2016 Artist Talk, Université du Québec en Outaouais, Galerie UQO

2015 Panel, PAINTING THE PRIZE, Awards and Consequences, Musé d’art contemporain, Montreal, Canada
2014 Artist talk, Plaskett Foundation, Emily Carr University, Vancouver
2013 CANFAR panel discussion, National Gallery of Canada
2013 RBC painting competition panel discussion, Axeneo7
2013 Invited speaker, Carleton University Art Gallery
2011 Artist talk, Patrick Mikhail Gallery
2010 Artist talk, Parisian Laundry
2010 Artist talk, Concordia University

SELECTED EVENTS & ART FAIRS

2016 Papier 16, Montreal, Canada

2015 VOLTA 11, Basel, Switzerland, Solo Presentation

2015 Feature Art Fari, Toronto, Canada

2015 Papier 15, Montreal, Canada
2014 Feature, Toronto, On, CAN
2014 VOLTA NY, solo presentation, New York, NY, USA

2014 Papier 14, Montreal, Canada

2013 Papier 13, Montreal, Canada
2012 ART TORONTO, solo presentation, Toronto, On, CAN 
2005 Toronto Alternative Art Fair Curated by Wayne Baerwaldt, Toronto, On, CAN
2000 Performance wearing latex art by Ana Rewacovicz, Montreal Biennale, 
Montreal, Qc, CAN

COLLECTIONS
Abbott Laboratories Lmt.
Aldo Group Inc. 
BMO Bank of Montreal
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
City of Ottawa
Concordia University 
CollectArt 
Hydro-Quebec 
Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec
RBC Dexia Collection UK
Schulich School of Business
Stephen R. Pile Architects Inc.

MEDIA / PRESS

2016 L’inconvénient, Jennifer Lefort Résidence Californienne, Marie-Anne Letarte, Fall 2016, No66.

2016 Téléjournal Ottawa-Gatineau, Interview with Emilie Tremblay, January 17

2016 Ici Radio-Canada Première, Interview with Anne Michaud, January 14

2015 Border Crossings, James D. Campbell, Mai 2015, vol 34
2014 The Wall Street Journal, Friday March 7 2014, Art-fair survival guide, D2
2014 Canadian Art, Bill Clarke, http://www.canadianart.ca/features/2014/03/12/nyc-armory-fairs-report-2014/
2013 La jeune peinture te ses collectionneurs, Réal Lussier, Les Édition Plein Sud (catalogue)
2013 L’art et la vie, Fondation HMR (catalogue)
2013 Tricks of light, James D. Campbell, 2013
2013 La jeune peinture et ses collectionneurs, Réal Lussier & Hélène Poirier, Plein Sud (catalogue)
2013 New light at Parisian Laundry, Rachel Levine, Cult Montréal, Jan. 16, 2013 
2011 Jennifer Lefort Abstraction feintes, Christian Roy , Vie Des Arts vol 222, p98 
2010 Beyond/In Western New York: Alternating Currents, Louis Grachos, John Massier, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, (catalogue)
2010 2010 Schooldesks and Motherhood, Stacey de Wolfe, Mirror, October 14 ,2010
2008 The First Five Years, Joseph Plaskett Award Foundation, (catalogue)
2008 RBC Canadian Painting Competition 10 Years, Laurel MacMillan, Friesens, (catalogue)
2007 After Berlin-Jennifer Lefort, Jeanie Riddle, Meredith Carruthers, 
Parisian Laundry, (catalogue)
2007 Each work a new la-la land, Christine Redfern, Montreal Gazette, November10
2007 RBC Canadian Painting Competition, Leah Sandals, Royal Bank of Canada, (catalogue)
2006 Yay Paris, Christine Redfern, Montreal Mirror, August 8
2006 Le vent dans les toiles, Nicolas Mavrikakis, VOIR, August 24
2006 Jennifer Lefort: Pretend You’re Here, James D. Campbell, Modern Painters ,May , p119
2006 On maps, birds and a rising star’s solo show, Gary Michael Dault, The Globe and Mail, April 8, pR16
2005 Toronto painting student wins rich art prize, The Globe and Mai, December 8
2005 Abstract artist wins $25,000 travel grant, CBC Arts News Online, December 7, www. cbc.ca
2005 Small Comets, Gary Michael Dault, The Globe and Mail, September 3, pR9
2005 Des généalogies qui parlent, Bernard Lamarche, Le Devoir, April 16-17
2004 En Forme, Lyne Crevier, Ici, March 4-10, p30
2002 A fitting Tribute, Henry Lehmann, The Gazette, July 20, pI3

AWARDS

2015 Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec, research and production grant

2015 Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec, bourse de déplacement

2015 Canada Council for the Arts, travel grant

2014 OAC, exhibition assistance grant

2014 Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec, bourse de déplacement

2014 Canada Council for the Arts, travel grant
2012 Conseil des arts et des letters du Québec, research and production grant
2009 Canada Council for the Arts, creation grant
2007 Finalist -- RBC Painting Competition
2005 Winner--Joseph Plaskett Foundation Award
2005 Graduate Development Fund
2002 Henry Mills Prize 

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