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Exhibitions

  • 2011 Energy. Beauty.Synergy, Albert Studios Gallery, London SW11
  • 2010 Cheyne Walk Trust, Bryan Shaw Gallery, London
  • 2008 East End Festival, London N1
  • 2007 The Gluttonous Gardener, Vitas Gallery SW8
  • 2006 The Affordable Art Fair, SW11 Long & Ryle Gallery
  • 2000 Being Nature, Chelsea Arts Club SW3
  • 1999 2000 Minus 1, Kensington & Chelsea College SW10
  • 1997 Art 97, Islington Art Fair N1
  • 1996 Art 96, Islington Art Fair N1
  • 1994 Summer Show Albermare Gallery W1
  • 1986 Paintings >From America, Gallery 28 W11
  • 1985 Friends of Friends, Paulo Salvador Gallery NYC

Commissions

Adult, children, family and pet portrait commissions welcomed.
Prices from £300...

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Artist Statement

Painting has become important to my life again and I've made a turn of 360 degrees to get back to the same point. Now painting is not just an object, it has an aura; there is a light again around the work.

The personal images in my work reflect my life; they also provide metaphors related to current issues and philosophies of contemporary life. Like Chichikov in Gogol's novel Dead Souls I am "collector of Souls". My studio is full of spirits seeking release from bondage of my painting and of being human.

laura_bluecapMy portraits, landscapes and drawings are emotive. They can be aggressive and uncompromising, or playful and full of pathos. Though the paintings convey these perceptions they nevertheless reflect my vigour, love of humanity, and determination. I have steadfastly kept to one goal: to paint people honestly, as I see them with all their idiosyncrasies of the specific person plus that Zeitgeist.

Most importantly I share with you the ability to penetrate the psyches, minds and the motions of my subjects. Picasso had so many generalities. Mines are all – mostly a specific person. I think it was Shelley who said: "A poem is a moment's monument." Now, a painting is that, plus the fact that it is also the Zeitgeist, the spirit of the age.

Biography

  • 1958 Born in Africa
  • 1968 Moved to England
  • 1984 Moved to New York - Painting assistant to Malcolm Morley
  • 1990 Moved back to London - PT Life drawing teacher at The London Cartoon Centre, and City & Guilds of London Art School
  • 2000 – present PT Teacher in Secondary schools & Children's Art clubs

Education

  • 1979-83 St Martins School of Art & City & Guilds 2.1 Diplomas in Fine Art
  • 1885 Skowhegan USA, Scholarship in painting
  • 1992 Schumacher Ecology Centre, Dartington, Nature as Teacher
  • 1998-9 Kensington & Chelsea College AIR & Professional Practice Programme
  • 2001-2002 Goldsmiths University of London Art Psycotheraphy Foundation

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Lying somewhere between fiction and reality, narratives emerge which are open to interpretation. Becoming free from vertigo in the painter's imagination, where one only finds reassurance of the real.

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Lying somewhere between fiction and reality, narratives emerge which are open to interpretation. Becoming free from vertigo in the painter's imagination, where one only finds reassurance of the real.

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Lying somewhere between fiction and reality, narratives emerge which are open to interpretation. Becoming free from vertigo in the painter's imagination, where one only finds reassurance of the real.

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Each portrait is unique. An articulation of my thoughts and observation of each face gradually manifest itself on the canvas by using bold forms, strong contrasting colours and powerful brushstrokes to create semi-figurative abstractions, self-portraits and portraits of local friends and family. I want my portraits to be specifically the person and also the Zeitqeist. I paint a lot from memory, because there are tiny changes all the time. The Chinese say “ you never bathe in the same water twice”. Look at paintings of Whistler’s called Nocturnes. How could you paint in the dark in the failing light? You had to have a good memory.

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I paint and draw as a way of getting as close as possible to what I perceive as the truth. As St. Paul says, we perceive the world around us "as part", it is only through the celebration of what is "perfect" that we are able to transcend our narrow perspective.

paintings title

I paint and draw as a way of getting as close as possible to what I perceive as the truth. As St. Paul says, we perceive the world around us "as part", it is only through the celebration of what is "perfect" that we are able to transcend our narrow perspective.

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Artworks
Tuesday May 7th - May 9th, 2013
The Tabernacle,35 Powis Square, W11

LAURA FABER

The personal images in my work reflect my life; I paint characters whom I come under the spell of the person; narrative landscapes with a connection to nature; colourful autobiographical scenes and still life's, deepening space with cast shadows, and Flowers, offering sensuous jewels, that unfurl as organically as that from a calyx. The vibrant colours and stories comes out of growing up in Africa and Scotland, as in Spirit Field, 2013 with its consciously warped horizon line, as this way 'you were in it, part of it'.
Laura has exhibited in London, New York, Europe and Sussex, where she frequents. 'I paint to breath, to escape.'

GERALDINE HARMSWORTH

The five artists who have come together for this show all use colour to interpret and illuminate the contemplative and cerebral investigation of the transient, what becomes historical; using colour in a visual vocabulary based on intuition and a meditation on the romance of what is left from the impressions of experience, to reveal perhaps far darker truths underneath.