Deep, earthy greens spread across the canvas evoking the latent energy in even the most tranquil of nature scenes in this mixed-media painting by contemporary artist Laura Harris. Described as ‘beautifully imperfect,’ Harris’ paintings speak to an inner voice often ignored. This haunting painting’s title, Go On. I’ll Follow, evokes a sense of longing and desire. Fully engaged in the physicality of large-scale painting, Harris harnesses an emotional engagement with memory and imagination. As the artist describes, “I create what I ache for. Painting for me is not work, it’s an essential part of living.” Harris’ oeuvre is one of continual reinvention but at its core, her abstract realist paintings retain a deep engagement to nature and the romanticism of stunning landscapes.
Exuberant, sensual, and often surprising, contemporary artist Laura Harris’ large-scale paintings are known for their bold brushstrokes, vivid colours and rich textures that evoke an irresistible energy. Harris’ work is inspired by the natural world and the beauty of the Canadian landscape. Stylistically, Harris’ work is known for its emotionality that is evoked through multiple layers and the use of mixed media with paint on canvas. The result is abstract landscapes whose skies are heavy with approaching storms.
When she’s at work, Harris becomes utterly engrossed in the physical task of painting. Paint flies across her works with both love and abandon. As Robert Amos writes,”Her painting style is aggressively physical. Her emotional involvement is tangible.” Working from moulded under-painting, texture informs her paintings, where touch is a multi-sensory experience that involves a playful interplay of memory and imagination
A fourth generation Victorian, Harris’ roots run deep on Vancouver Island, BC. Mostly self-taught, Harris began painting in her teens. Her draughtsman father taught her perspective and technique, and encouraged a freedom of expression that can still be found in her works today. After high school, Harris started a design firm with a focus on branding and visual identity. In 2001, her design work gave way to her full time art career. Her first show sold out and was followed by critical acclaim.
Harris has a long list of successful exhibitions that span 20 years that includes the Canada House Gallery, in Banff, Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, Mayberry Fine Art in Winnipeg, White Rock Gallery, the West End Gallery in Victoria, the Hollander York Gallery in Toronto, and the Main Street Gallery in Sidney, BC.
The artist’s work is collected internationally and exhibited in galleries across Canada. Corporate clients include Mercedes Benz, The Ritz Carlton, The Keg, Canaccord, and the Pier Hotel and Space.
Harris currently lives in Victoria, BC.