LAArtParty wants to encourage art lovers to support artists – enjoy a virtual art party with J.J. L’Heureux. Her work includes photography, paintings, and mixed media. A true adventurer at heart, she has been visiting Antarctica each year since 2000. Renowned for her photographs of penguins, seals, polar bears etc., she is also a talented painter. Her white-on-white color field series of “landscape” paintings are inspired by her trips to Antarctica.
Her solo exhibitions include The International Wildlife Museum, Tucson, AZ (2014), The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth, TX (2013), The Athy Heritage Museum (Shackleton Museum), County Kildare, Ireland (2012), The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IO (2012), The G2 Gallery, Venice, CA (2011), The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN (2010), North Museum, Lancaster, PA (2009), Fernbank Museum, Atlanta, GA (2008), and The Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, MO (2007).
Here is a statement from the artist about her paintings. “We are all familiar with the idea of glaciers, icebergs, snowfields, and hundreds of other words descriptive of snow and ice. My overall impression of ice, snow, and the results of its accumulation is one of purity and power. My work is abstract, like the surface of these snowfields, and reflects a rainbow of color field possibilities. Ice is alive with color that shifts and refracts light as I depict in these paintings. As an observer shifts position the light shifts its characteristics. There is an iridescence that overwhelms in nature and seems artificial on recollection.
I have been to the continent of Antarctica seventeen times. Expeditions have taken me from New Zealand through the Sub Antarctic Islands and Macquarie Island into the Ross Sea to explore the huts of Scott and Shackleton. It is my intention to find additional venues to explore different parts of this vast and inspiring place. The art will follow.
“Bergy Bit” – large chunk of glacier ice or a very small iceberg floating in the sea. They are generally spawned from disintegrating icebergs and glaciers.”
Find out more about JJ’s art on her website – http://www.jjlheureux.com