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Oil, wax, acrylic on shaped plywood

17 x 14 x 4 inches


Artist Biography 

Laurie’s contemporary, process driven painting is largely inspired by theinteractions of colour, shape and application. She was born in Toronto and studied fine art at the University of Waterloo. Her work is displayed in galleries throughout Ontario and she has been an active member of the art community for over twenty years, regularly participating in shows such as the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair and International Affordable Art Fairs. Laurie’s work is included in private and public collections across North America, Europe and Asia. She works from her studio in Guelph Ontario.

Artist Statement

Shape, colour, line, materiality of paint and the myriad ways that they can interact are the jumping off points for my painting explorations. I truly think of painting as a dedicated practice, one that I must return to as often as possible to feed my artistic curiosity and my soul. Endless fascination and dedication to remaining present in each moment fuel my quest to express what is, at first, intangible.

The shapes and forms that dominated in my two dimensional work have taken on a life of their own. The integration of these elements onto a flat surface is no longer appropriate to what I’d like to express. A more sculptural approach is necessary, as well as a distillation into more isolated forms.

My practice is experimental and rigorous. I work with oil, cold wax, acrylic and sculpted plywood forms. The sides of the pieces are painted with fluorescent colour, which reflects off the wall surface and animates the work. Shapes are layered, using hand cut templates and masks. These are somewhat crudely made which thwarts initial control while indicating the human hand involved in the making. Working wet in wet, unexpected transfers occur, adding richness to the surface. Layering, scraping back and re-application of paint in a manner that both obscures and reveals simultaneously, leads me through a process driven inquiry where discovery and exploration are the main objectives.

Evident in the final works are a diaristic passage of time and the history of development.

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