ABOUT / À PROPOS ~ Michèle LaRose

As a painter, I focus on colour and shape and how each person’s brain interprets them to fit into their view of art or the world. Building on a long history of abstract, or non-representational, art, I am intrigued by the ongoing fascination with images that provide open-ended interpretations and mystery. In a world filled to the brim with images, the challenge is to come up with paintings that stop the viewers in their tracks and make them ponder the possibilities. To contemplate, and imagine the richness of their own meanings…

Comme peintre, je fixe mon regard sur la couleur et la forme, et comment ces deux éléments sont interprétés par le cerveau de chacun afin de les situer dans ses perceptions de l’art ou du monde. Partant d’une base longue et solide de peinture abstraite et non-représentative,  je suis intriguée par la fascination continue dans des images qui offrent des interprétations ouvertes, sinon le mystère. Dans un monde plein à craquer avec des images, le défi est de produire des peintres qui puissent arrêter net des spectateurs et de les amener à s’interroger sur les significations possibles. De réfléchir, et imaginer la richesse de leurs propres interprétations…


• Honours B.A., Art History, 1974 (modern art), Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
• University of New Brunswick, 1970 – 1971, History and art history; Fredericton, NB
• Fine Arts Certificate, 1996, St.Lawrence College, Brockville, ON
• CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal, 1969 – 1970; Collège II: Arts Plastiques (Fine Arts), Montréal, QC
• CEGEP de Ste. Foy ,1968 – 1969; Collège I: Arts Plastiques (Fine Arts), Ste. Foy, QC


2013 Your Own Grad School, Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre, Kingston, ON, A six-week residency with 8 other artists followed by multi-day session with Cliff Eyland and Jeanne Randolph of Winnipeg. The focus was the purpose and necessity of graduate school in the fine arts, and involved participants and the public.


2013: Colour illustrations for “X”, a poem sequence in 16 parts by award-winning poet Phil Hall (GG, Trillium, Griffin). Handmade book printed by Thee Hellbox Press, Kingston, ON.
2014: Colour illustration for “From the Mouths”, a book of poetry by Shane Neilson (doctor/poet). Handmade book printed by Thee Hellbox Press, Kingston, ON.


Agnes Etherington Art Centre (https://agnes.queensu.ca/)
Modern Fuel Artist-Run Centre (KAAI) (www.modernfuel.org)
Organization of Kingston Women Artists (OKWA) (www.okwa.org)
Union Gallery, Queens University (http://uniongallery.queensu.ca/)


2017-18   Coordinator, Artists Talking at the Agnes, discussion group for artists, Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Kingston, ON
2016   Co-Juror, Annual Juried Show, Belleville Art Association, Belleville, ON
2015   Chair, Project Grants Jury, City of Kingston, ON
2015   Juror, Nan Yeoman’s Grant for Artistic Development, Kingston, ON
2010 & 2012   Juror, Operating Grants, City of Kingston Arts Fund, Kingston, ON
2007-2008   Board of Directors, Kingston Arts Council (KAC) (strategic planning)
1988   Project Manager, Archives Headquarters Accommodation Program National Archives of Canada (NAC), Ottawa
1986-1988   Assistant Director General, Conservation Branch, National Archives of Canada, (NAC) Ottawa
1985–1986   Director, Planning and Programme Coordination, Archives Branch, NAC, Ottawa
1983-1985   Executive Assistant to the Secretary-General and Vice-Chairman, National Museums of Canada (NMC), Ottawa
1982 – 1983   Manager, Government House Historic Property, Government of Saskatchewan, Regina
1981 – 1982   Policy and Planning Officer, NMC, Ottawa
1980 – 1981   Programme Coordinator, Museum Assistance Programmes (MAP), NMC, Ottawa
1978 – 1980   Training and Information Coordinator, Canadian Conservation Institute, NMC, Ottawa
1974 -1978   Paper Conservator, Canadian Conservation Institute: Headquarters (Ottawa), Atlantic Conservation Centre (Moncton) and Québec Conservation Centre (Québec), NMC

2008   Abstraction and Non-Representation; Composition and Design, (CLASS) Community Learning, Pawley’s Island, South Carolina
2006   Abstraction and Non-Representation, 6-week course,  Rideau Lakes Artists Association, Westport, Ontario
2005   Applied Colour Theory Workshop, 3 days, Rideau Lakes Artists Association, Westport, Ontario
2003 -2005   Rideau Lakes Township Recreation Programme, Elgin, Ontario
– The Creative Use of Colour: Applied Colour Theory, 10 weeks
– Creativity for Painters: Getting Out of Those Ruts, 8 weeks
– Drawing Fundamentals, 7 weeks
– Basic Watercolour, 9 weeks and 2-day workshop
– Intermediate Painting, 8 weeks
– Landscape Painting and Drawing, 10 weeks
– The Magic of Watercolour!, 5 weeks
1998 -2003   Courses offered at studio in Elgin, Ontario
– Composition and Design, Colour Theory
– Basic Watercolour, Intermediate Watercolour
– Outdoor Painting, Painting Flowers (offered in Crosby, Ontario)
2001   Watercolour Monotype Workshop, 2 days, North Gower, Ontario