Jun 16 – Jul 3, 2011

“These paintings are more directly realistic than her prints. The subject matter is unequivocal. What is less obvious, more nuanced, is their meaning. In technical terms, they can be related to a tradition inherited from Rembrandt. […] These swaddled figures are incorporeal, they rise up out of the paint, and sink back into it again. Perhaps what they represent is not simply those who are oppressed, but the oppression and repression that we commune with every day, and keep within ourselves.”

- Edward Lucie-Smith, art critic and historian

Galerie D’Este is proud to present a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Ludmila Armata entitled Misfits. Better known for her prints, Armata worked, in this new series, with oil on canvas. The artist has created more representational imagery where the figures are in a state of obvious distress. The theme of oppression is omnipresent; on dark and textured backgrounds, she has painted figures that are either stretched and suffering, or curled up, wrapped and held against their will. The ambiguous concepts surrounding madness, either real or wrongly imposed, are at the forefront of the artist’s concerns. Armata’s work is influenced by the many methods used to calm and control those who go against the masses and don’t agree with the ways of thinking prescribed by the authorities. Misfits presents the consequences of diversity and nonconformity on the integrity of the individual when he chooses to act freely in an environment that confines him.

Ludmila Armata, with her extensive training in the visual arts, is the recipient of numerous awards and grants including the 2002 Prix de la Fondation Monique et Robert Parizeau. In the past twenty years Armata has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and internationally. Her works can be found in many important collections such as the the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Canada Council Art Bank, National Bank of Canada, Loto-Quebec and Desjardins.