A sense of ‘organized chaos’ informs Montreal-based Jean-François Lauda’s work. The textures and colours walk a fine line between coherence and collapse, with erased and fleeting gestures, juxtapositions, and fragmented forms combining to create tension within his abstract paintings. In a review of Lauda’s work published in the December 2018 issue of ARTFORUM, critic Ara Osterweil writes: Lauda’s intelligence is liquid, material, sensual, and metaphysical, all at once. Indeed, it is the fugitive quality of his marks that allows for the ineffable experience of abstraction at its best.
As well as his first solo show in Toronto at Angell Gallery in 2018, Lauda mounted a solo exhibition at the Darling Foundry and a two-person show (with Serge Murphy) at the Guido Molinari Foundation. He participated in the 30th Symposium d’art contemporain de Baie-Saint-Paul in 2012 and was also part of the Painting Project at Galerie de l’UQAM in 2013. His work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in commercial and public venues throughout Montreal, as well as Toronto, San Francisco and New York. His work can be found in the collections of Hydro-Québec, the National Bank of Canada and TD Bank.