Vancouver Island ArtistMessage
Born in Germany, Claudia Lohmann has been exposed to art her entire life. Her father was an artist accomplished in landscapes, architecture, and still life. Claudia immigrated to Canada in 1995 with her husband and three children. With her family’s support and encouragement, she began to experiment in 2004 with various styles and mediums and has since come to favor acrylic paint on wood and canvas. Her paintings began with rudimentary geometric shapes in intricate patterns and bold colours in daring combinations. Although still rooted in her beginnings, her style since progressed into an ever more deliberate method featuring bold lineation and tincture with subtle shapes and symbolism. She calls it “Imaginative Geometric Abstract.”
Claudia style has since developed further into abstract paintings that are free from her traditional geometric shapes. Over the past years Claudia has been displaying her art in shows such as Sooke Fine Art Show, Sidney Fine Art Show, in the Federation of Canadian Artist Gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver, at Nanaimo Fine Art Show, and in the Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery. In 2015 Claudia became an AFCA member.
Artists, like their art, run the entire spectrum of human emotion and experience. My work is but a small slice of what is possible. Unlike art that imitates the world accurately, my personality demands to express its imagination in a non-realistic way. I often favor bright colours and I use geometric techniques because they are effective for my purposes.
I want to be able to look at a painting that has been on my wall for years, and every once in a while, find something new and surprising about it. The themes and subject-matter of my work is not overt. Often, I plan to embed some specific meaning into my work, but occasionally I let my moods guide me, intending to merely please aesthetically.
In the end, the theme of my paintings must ultimately play a subordinate role to the meaning that the onlooker discovers, as he or she gazes onto the work. My job is merely to facilitate a kind of self-reflection by stimulating the mind with beauty and strangeness.