Loretta Fasan is a Canadian artist painting in oils. Many of her paintings possess a range of influences, from the soft realism of Victorian art to the moody quality of Baroque paintings. She has developed her technique through following traditional classical painting techniques. Fasan’s paintings are often described as imaginative or magical realism, with a combination of realism, pattern, trompe d’oiel and whimsy. The female figures are, at times, mysterious , humorous or serene using intense or subtle colours, textured and gold leaf patterns in the costumes. There is an iconic aspect to some of the women, however it is softened by their expressions. Though most of the paintings are carefully planned, Fasan allows for spontaneity and the intangible: element of surprise.
Her technique is traditional, beginning with an underpinning and building form and intensity of colour gradually. The elaborate beadwork, hairstyles and ornaments are fun elements which help to create movement, richness and give a sense of mystery to the paintings. Symmetry, proportion, pattern and geometry are some of the underlying elements of her new paintings.
Gold has a spiritual significance for the artist. The gleam and warmth which emanates from gold adds an amber glow and a three dimensional effect to the paintings. The challenge in using gold or metal leaf is to integrate the gold into an overall scheme, rather than having it stand out as a foreign element. Gold also changed colour and fluctuates under different lighting conditions, and takes on some of the colour of its surroundings in the Microcosm series.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal.
2014 Oil painters of America
2015-2024 International Guild of Realism Art Renewal International Salon Finalist for catalogue photo and online showcase
2013 The artists Magazine Annual Art Competition finalist
2016 Westmount Gallery