Kathleen Lane, "untitled," 2003, oil on canvas, 36" x 36".
By Suzanne Mir
Kathleen Lane is a formalist at heart. Her paintings are a lyrical fusion of colour, line and form. Using a limited palette of analogous and complementary colours, Lane's abstract compositions resonate with pure and ethereal drama. Nothing appears on her canvases without careful consideration. The edges of the paintings are as important as the centre. Yet, the overall ease by which the paint appears to slide and roll over the canvas seems to resonate a less structured approach.
Vancouver Island has always been Lane's home and her work is reflective of the island's unique culture. Relaxed and sanguine like "island life," Kathleen Lane's paintings are a fine balance between the formalist's structure she requires and her fluid compositions. Lane's new work is on exhibition at Victoria's Gallery on Herald, October 3 to November 1, 2003.