It’s difficult to categorize the works of Isabelle Leduc: “Neither completely paintings, nor sculptures . . . . perhaps masks, architectural fragments, shields, organic elements, pebbles and rocks, enigmatic botanical species, pictograms?” critic René Viau once wrote. (Above: Glossaire, 2008, paper, wood and acrylic, 40,5 x 30 x 8 cm each)
-Fleurs (flowers) bordeaux, mauve, jaune, verte, each 108 x 8.5 x 8.5 cm
The daughter of famous Quebec abstract painter Fernand Leduc works in handmade paper, wood and acrylic paint. Her recent show at la Galerie d’art d’Outremont, Montreal, was a retrospective of her work since 1984.
Triangles tronqués (truncated triangles), papier acrylique, 62 x 38 x 12 cm
Scutum, 1988, paper and painted wood, 174 x 110 cm
Sous le vent, papier, acrylique 2010
Photo: André Pichette, La Presse
Are they paintings or sculptures? Masks, totems or religious symbols? Signs borrowed from Egyptian writing a secret code or scout? Geometric figures and architectural motifs? Isabelle Leduc remains calm before the avalanche of questions. La Presse (Translated)
Leduc’s father, abstract painter Fernand Leduc, played a major role in the formation of the group of dissident artists known as the Automatistes, which included such well-known artists as Jean‑Paul Riopelle.