Laura Laughren (lorahliemaybe) is a Vancouver born self-taught diverse artist who lives in Toronto Canada. She centers her visual work in a variety of mediums and techniques. With a powerful mastery of color, form and depth, her pieces speak with intuitive loose and fluid brushstrokes. Combining complex layering and wet-on-wet techniques. She takes inspiration from nature while conveying a serious and urgent undertone. Painting is an extension of her being. Transporting herself and the viewer into a sensual world of Abstract Surrealism and emotion.

Her expansive creativity also flows into paper craft, stone jewelry, wood craft and fiber arts. Laura’s work is included in many private and corporate collections and has been exhibited in solo, group and juried exhibitions in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec since 1989.

~Artist Statement 2018~

I was born an artist, one of those children fascinated with patterns and colors….the preschooler me admired glittering plastic sea-shell beads strung as a necklace endlessly for their shape and texture. I got in trouble for art, would attempt to make “frescos” out of pillaged plaster powder, crushed watercolors and Styrofoam meat trays. It didn’t stick very well but the colors were soft and pastel.

My first exhibited piece, a pen and ink drawing of roses, was displayed in the Vancouver Art Gallery when I was in grade nine. Aside from that I was a secret artist. In my twenties I left my job to paint for a year and my television companion was Bob Ross from the PBS painting series. I watched and listened absorbing all of his knowledge. For a time I too used his “magic white” oil paint.

I discovered acrylics, so clean and versatile, and my mentorship with Bob ended. I began to enter competitions, selected three years in a row for the North West Coast Regional Art Show, the beginning of many exhibitions. I also became the Art Instructor for the City of Prince Rupert and taught a wide range of programming for all age levels.

I now work freelance from my home studio near Greektown in Toronto Canada. Over the years I didn’t really establish a “set” method of creating visual art. I’m an experimenter. Mostly painting in Acrylic but I also work with Encaustic, Lino, Graphite, Ink, Paper, Fibre, Clay and Resin.

Most people don’t know that I have vision in just one eye. I think it has confused art critics at times…I’ve had them say that my paintings are “astute” and “have a lot of depth despite not being three dimensional”. I am a visually impaired Artist. A hidden disability that I have learned to live with. I think it helps me actually…the world looks two dimensional to me anyways and translating that into a flat image comes easy. I’ve always relied on color theory and spatial contrast to get depth.

I research and watch a lot of documentaries on artists, past and present. One of the things I have noticed is that it is often commented upon how the artist’s style changes over time. It occurred to me recently “maybe it’s just age…their eyesight just isn’t as clear as it once was”.

That is happening to me. Age, medications, and radiation treatment for Cancer are all effecting my “good” eye. I’ve decided to relax my “style” and method of painting. I have awesome color awareness so that will still be a focus of my craft. But the days of extremely detailed and hyper-realistic work is over. People that have known me for a long time are noticing this change…and they like it! I’m leaning towards Abstraction, and Abstract Landscape. It’s always been “fun” but now it is a matter of function and energy level.

I’ll always paint…even when I inevitably become completely blind.

 

~ Early Career Highlights ~

3yrs Art instructor for the City of Prince Rupert-courses
consisted of: children’s programming 4-12 yrs, cartooning, crafts and painting. Adults and special circumstances programming, watercolour, acrylic basics and paper porcelain flowers 1990-1993

3 successive years West Coast Juried Regional Art
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Prince Rupert Port Corporation Competition 1991

Prince Rupert Panel Competition 1992

Accepted Artist Prince Rupert North Coast Art Gallery 1992

Logo + Municipal Design City of Prince Rupert 1992

Port Edward Cannery Museum on-site artist 1993

Independent Studio Work 1994 to 1999

Millennium Mural Parliamentary Library Ottawa 2000

Independent Studio Work 2001 to 2011

Being Scene Juried Exhibition

Workman Arts

May 2012

“Delirium” selected for Workman Arts 12th Annual Juried Exhibition. Exhibited at U of T, Gladstone Hotel and Workman Arts

John St. Farmers Market

June 2012 – October 2012

Organic farmers market featuring independent artists, musicians, gourmet coffees and edibles in the beautiful Grange Park, Toronto

Propeller Center for the Visual Arts Now…What r u waiting for?

October 2012

Two pieces, “Opal’s Essence” and “Opal Waiting” selected for the exhibition

Touched By Fire

October 2012

“Fly” Lino/watercolor print selected for the Touched By Fire 5th Annual show and sale. “Fire and Ice” donated to Mood Disorders Association of Ontario for Annual Fundraising Event during Touched by Fire @ Cooper’s Fine Art Gallery

Solo Exhibition

November 2012

Solo Exhibition at Full of Beans Coffee House and Roastery

2013 Year of the Snake Print Exhibition

Proof Studio Gallery
January 2013
International artist’s exhibition. Venues for this annual exhibit included Toronto, Ottawa, Muskoka and Concordia

Sage Print Show

April 2013
Group show at the Sage Café hosted by Jerry Silverberg

Art Fusion Toronto 2013 (January, May)

January 2013 Daniel Spectrum Centre
May 2013 Mel Lastman Square
Participating Visual Artist

“We Were all Children” Solo show @ CAMH

A body of work consisting of children’s Encaustic exhibited in the CAMH Client Library May 14th-August 14th 2013

Square Art Circle Exhibition at B1 Lounge

June 2013
Exhibition and art auction at the exquisite B1 Lounge, Toronto, Ontario. Hosted by Daniel Anaka

Architecture of Mad: An Exhibition of Art by Mad People

July 2013

“Under Siege” selected by Jury to be exhibited during the Mad Pride Festival. Exhibition Opening Ceremonies July 11th, 2013

Community Action for Families

Logo design and community outreach coloring book 2014

Neighbourhood Gallery

Tending the Wallflower Group Exhibition hosted by Lauren McKinley Renzetti
2015

Glass Works Gallery

Laughing like Crazy Juried Exhibition
Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
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~2016 onwards….Independent Studio Work~

 

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“Under Siege” Encaustic painting has been Jury Selected for this Exhibition

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Solo Show May 14th to August 14th 2013. 
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I'm participating in this group show with print-master Jerry Silverberg!

I’m participating in this group show with print-master Jerry Silverberg!

setting up at the Sage April 1st 2013

setting up at the Sage April 1st 2013

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Year of the Snake is Fast Approaching! My little guy’s and I will be there!! If you are in town, we hope to see you at our Year of the Snake opening. The Year of the SNAKE opening is Sunday, February 10. 2013 from 2-5 PM at PROOF Studio Gallery in the Distillery District, Toronto.
Come for the fortune cookies, snake snacks and great decorations accompanying wonderful prints on the wall!  The …Exhibition will run until Sunday February 24th.  This is the first of FIVE exhibition venues for the Year of the Snake!
Come to see the amazing variety of prints from all over the world:  China, Ireland, Hong Kong, Great Britain, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Guatemala, USA with printmakers from the states of Florida, Arizona, North Carolina, Ohio, Georgia.  In Canada we have printmakers from the provinces of British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta.  PROOF STUDIO GALLERY FEBRUARY 7 – 24  OPENING FEBRUARY 10 Ontario College of Art and Design – March 2013 Ottawa School of Art – March/April Concordia University – ‘Mouseprint’ Fine Arts Gallery March 20 – 26 Muskoka Place Gallery, Muskoka, Ontario   Month of April 2013
Johnathan documenting prints at Proof Gallery

Johnathan documenting prints at Proof Gallery

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Art Fusion Toronto 2013 January 19th 7:30pm-1:30am

*FREE ENTRANCE BEFORE 9pm*$5 donation after 9pm  585 Dundas Street EAST (Daniels Spectrum Centre) – Snacks & Refreshments Available (CASH ONLY)  A family friendly event

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Featured Performance Artists:

The Red Moon Music Collective         Flying Arts Collective     Firedance Drum Circle

NO BAND REQUIRED            Drummers in Exile         Circus Army             Zero Gravity Circus

Centre Gravity      Unicyclists             Indigo Cabaret              Bad Taste Bike Club Toronto

The PyroFlys                         Wonkhalan Drum & Dance       Lunaticus Tribe

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700+ Visual and Performing Artists Unite in One Fantastic Collective!

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Touched by Fire Art Show & Sale November 15 2012 @ Coopers Fine Art Gallery

Touched by Fire Art Show & Sale November 15 2012 @ Coopers Fine Art Gallery

entertainment at the Touched by Fire show November 15th 2012

entertainment at the Touched by Fire show November 15th 2012

Beside my piece at the Touched by Fire Exhibition @ Cooper's Fine Art Gallery Nov 15th 2012

Beside my piece at the Touched by Fire Exhibition @ Cooper’s Fine Art Gallery Nov 15th 2012

November Artist Solo Show @ Full of Beans 1348 Dundas St W., Toronto

November Artist Solo Show @ Full of Beans 1348 Dundas St W., Toronto

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Apanaki and Sheri @ CAMH Christmas Sale

Treehugger, Apanaki and Sheri @ CAMH Christmas Sale

Lindsay A.Vey at the CAMH Christmas sale

Lindsay A.Vey at the CAMH Christmas sale

“Delerium” was selected for this Exhibition

“Opal Waiting” and “Opal’s Essence” On Exhibition Oct 10-21 at the Propeller Center For The Visual Arts@ 984 Queen St W show Now…What r u Waiting For

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