Nancy St-Onge’s abstract paintings are the result of what she calls a “unique recipe,” one that combines a grounded sense of structure with a wide variety of textures, a distinctive feeling for movement and space, and a striking use of color. In her works, geometrical precision faces off against freely executed drips, thickly applied areas of pigment and a range of materials that includes minerals, plants and glass. As adept at depicting a delicate pattern of leaves as she is at orchestrating broad strokes of color, the artist creates a world in which those oppositions harmonize beautifully with each other.
The color combinations in St-Onge’s paintings are also a source of their appeal. Balancing black-and-white grids and subtly modulated backgrounds with bright, intense shades, she uses her colors to underline the depth and physicality of her images. “The colors which inhabit my canvases,” she says, “reflect an interior dynamism which I try to incorporate into all of my works.” That interior dynamism gives the artist’s work a unique energy that powerfully draws the viewer in.