I create semi-abstract colorful worlds and people them with whimsical characters. I like to contrast colours to highlight the tensions between the various elements of my paintings, hoping to trigger an emotive response. I invite the viewers to imagine the story that is there, waiting to be told.
Each work begins with a splash of colour, which carries the initial strength of the painting; then lines are added, a need for structure appears and the painting becomes coherent through the use of drawing, painting, collage and stencils. This mixed approach allows a new space to unfold, which then becomes the focal point of the finished work where objects, human and animal figures harmoniously coexist.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Francesca Trop is an emerging painter whose work captures the beauty of ordinary every-days scenes. Francesca's fascination with art began as a small child and never left. Throughout her studies in law school, Bar school and, later, her career as an entertainment lawyer, she undertook extensive training in academic drawing and painting with the California “Gluck” method. In 1999 she moved to Paris where she practiced law for six years, all the while founding a family and honing her painting skills by following various art classes at Atelier Terre de Feu with celebrated painters such as Daniel Lacomme.
When she moved back to Montreal with her family, Francesca initial joined the National Film Board of Canada before deciding, in 2009, to forego her legal career and embrace fully an artistic one. She has since then developed her unique style without ever stopping to try and advance her art.
Francesca's work is included in several local and international collections and has been shown on the walls of various galleries and cafés, introducing her work to a wider audience. She is a member of the Regroupement des Arts Visuels du Québec and the Women's Art Society of Montreal.
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