Melanie Authier’s paintings bring together visual contradictions into one imaginary space. By drawing upon the histories of abstraction and the strategies of representation, she creates fantastical environments where colour, texture, line and shape compete for room within the canvas. Each painting presents a brimming jostle of oppositions that the viewer is invited to bring into a certain order.
Authier received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University and completed her Master of Fine Arts at the University of Guelph. Her paintings are in numerous collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, RBC, TD Canada Trust Collection, BMO, among others. Most recently, she has exhibited at Brock University in St. Catharines (2013-2014), galerie de l’UQAM in Quebec (2013) and Cambridge Galleries, Ontario (2014). Recent solo shows include the Art Gallery of Ottawa in 2015 and the Thames Art Gallery in Chatham, Ontario in 2016. The Ottawa-based artist is represented by Georgia Scherman Projects, Toronto.