LAURA HARRIS - Learning to Fly

Includes Laura Harris
Saturday, April 13 from 2 - 5 pm

Showing Laura Harris

LAURA HARRIS - Learning to Fly


Laura Harris spent many years tucked away cosily in her garden studio. The walls bare, bar errant splashes of paint, and the room simple but furnished with well worn and equally paint dashed furniture. Her art flourished here, but she felt a desire to shake things up.

In 2018 she swapped bird song and green lawns for a Victoria (BC) based studio. This change of pace has breathed new life into her art and on Saturday April 13th from 2-5pm Laura will be at Canada House Gallery (201 Bear Street, Banff) for an artist reception to share a collection of her new work. Come, and discover it for yourself!


"I guess I started to notice it last year sometime. Some days it would feel strong and almost pull me – toward what, I didn’t know. Other days it would be more like a little nudge from the corner. I couldn’t put it into words, but I felt it almost every day, particularly around studio time. Something was shifting. My studio was a sweet little cottage with just enough room to make a good mess. It was picturesque, still, quiet, and private. I was comfortable. Ya, I said it: COMFORTABLE. Hmm.

Not a good place for me. I realized I needed to be uncomfortable.

That little something I could feel was my creative mojo growing restless, and it began shouting at me, “Move. I needed to move my body, move my mind, and yes, move my studio to a much more untamed, loud, active place. I needed to disrupt. I needed to be afraid, to experiment, to feel vulnerable, to create new, unexpected things. And I needed to have the energy and space to do it. It was time for renewal and reinvention. While I was craving change – my art required it.

This new space feels limitless and exciting. A bright spark has been lit in me and my work. Every day I move, connect, explore, and watch. There’s a new energy flowing around me and it feels magical."

THE WIND & A SIGH
THE WIND & A SIGH
LH212
mixed media, canvas
40 x 60 in.
$8,800 CAD


MIDNIGHT & MAGIC
MIDNIGHT & MAGIC
LH211
mixed media, canvas
24 x 24 in.
$2,700 CAD


IN THE HILLS & CEDAR TREES
IN THE HILLS & CEDAR TREES
LH210
mixed media, canvas
36 x 30 in.
$4,150 CAD


CLOSE YOUR EYES & REMEMBER
CLOSE YOUR EYES & REMEMBER
LH209
mixed media, canvas
48 x 48 in.
$8,450 CAD


LIKE A SONG FOR WEEPING
LIKE A SONG FOR WEEPING
LH207
mixed media, board
48 x 36 in.
$6,650 CAD


YOU KNOW THE PLACE
YOU KNOW THE PLACE
LH205
mixed media, canvas
36 x 18 in.
$2,800 CAD


SKINNY DIPPING FALLS
SKINNY DIPPING FALLS
LH202
mixed media, canvas
60 x 48 in.
$10,550 CAD


BLUE BLACK SWAY
BLUE BLACK SWAY
LH201
mixed media, canvas
12 x 36 in.
$2,250 CAD


TUMBLING THROUGH SATURDAYS
TUMBLING THROUGH SATURDAYS
LH200
mixed media, canvas
24 x 24 in.
$2,700 CAD


YES, PINK
YES, PINK
LH199
mixed media, canvas
30 x 30 in.
$3,500 CAD


COPPER & JADE
COPPER & JADE
LH198
mixed media, canvas
30 x 30 in.
$3,500 CAD


FALLING INTO PLACE
FALLING INTO PLACE
LH197
mixed media, canvas
36 x 36 in.
$5,000 CAD


TRIPPING BILLIES & BADLANDS
TRIPPING BILLIES & BADLANDS
LH196
mixed media, canvas
48 x 48 in.
$8,540 CAD


THROUGH RIVERS & MOUNTAINS
THROUGH RIVERS & MOUNTAINS
LH195
mixed media, canvas
36 x 48 in.
$6,650 CAD


WHISPERS & GREY FLANNEL
WHISPERS & GREY FLANNEL
LH194
mixed media, canvas
36 x 36 in.
$5,000 CAD


SHE IS WATER
SHE IS WATER
LH192
mixed media, canvas
36 x 36 in.
$5,000 CAD


LEARNING TO FLY
LEARNING TO FLY
LH191
mixed media, canvas
48 x 60 in.
$10,550 CAD


I KNEW YOU WERE THERE
I KNEW YOU WERE THERE
LH190
mixed media, canvas
24 x 48 in.
$4,400 CAD


LIKE THE SUN ON YOUR SKIN AND WATER AT YOUR FEET
LIKE THE SUN ON YOUR SKIN AND WATER AT YOUR FEET
LH186
mixed media, canvas
60 x 48 in.
$10,550 CAD


Laura’s paintings are described as beautifully imperfect, and have the ability to stir powerful emotions, speaking to an inner voice often ignored. Often large in scale with strikingly bold colours and texture, each piece offers discovery. Her process is rooted in memory and imagination, and her emotions are palpable.

When she’s at work, Harris becomes utterly engrossed in her practice. It’s a fully physical task with music turned up loud and paint flying. Laura applies the same love and abandon to all other areas of her life. Exuberant, sensual, and often surprising, Laura's images are known and prized for their irresistible energy.

"I try and create what I ache for. Painting for me is is not work, it's an essential part of living."

Harris' is a positive oeuvre, but there are contrasts in texture and hue that suggest the opposition of forces. Her relationship with light has been compared to that of Turner. As a young child, the Canadian artist learned drawing techniques from her father, who preferred realism but encouraged freedom of expression. Her work is exhibited in galleries across Canada and collected worldwide. Corporate clients include Mercedes Benz, The Ritz Carlton, The Keg and Canaccord.

Exhibitions

2017 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
2017 White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC
2017 Mayberry Gallery, Winnipeg, MB
2017 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2016 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
2016 White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC
2016 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2015 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
2015 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2015 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
2014 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
2014 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2014 White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC
2014 Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB
2013 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
2013 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2013 White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC
2013 Mayberry Fine Art, Winnipeg, MB
2013 West End Gallery, Victoria, BC
2012 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
2012 West End Gallery, Victoria, BC
2012 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2012 White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC
2011 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
2011 Canada House Gallery, Banff, AB
2011 West End Gallery, Victoria, BC
2011 White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC
2010 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
2010 White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC
2010 The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC
2009 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
2009 The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC
2008 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
2008 White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC
2008 The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC
2007 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
2007 The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC
2007 White Rock Gallery, White Rock, BC
2006 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
2006 Hollander York Gallery, Toronto, ON
2006 The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC
2006 Main Street Gallery, Sidney, BC
2005 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
2005 Main Street Gallery, Sidney, BC
2005 Hollander York Gallery, Toronto, ON
2004 Adele Campbell Fine Art, Whistler, BC
2004 Main Street Gallery, Sidney, BC
2004 The Avenue Gallery, Victoria, BC

Collections

The Ritz Carlton
Mercedes Benz
The Keg
Canaccord
The Pier Hotel and Spa
Ric's Grill
GeoMetrix Global Software
Cook Roberts Law

Publications

2016 Rebel with a Brush, Lorie Lee Steiner, Arabella Magazine, Canada
2015 Leaking Hearts Magazine, Claire Gruver, South Africa
2015 Palette Play, Ego Magazine, Abigail Barbasa, Dubai
2015 Cella Magazine, Vancouver, Canada
2011 Dreaming Big, Dan Mesec, Whistler Question, Canada
2011 Laura Dreams Big, Holly Fraughton, Pique Magazine, Whistler Canada
2009 The Perfect Canvas, Kim Christie, Chatelaine Magazine (spelled wrong on site), Canada
2007 Laura Harris: Painting in Elegant Chaos, Linda Rogers, FOCUS Magazine, Canada
2007 Paintings Shed Light in Quest for Radiance, Robert Amos, Victoria Times Colonist, Canada
2006 Creating a Landscape of Calm, Ingrid C King, Magazin Art, Canada
2003 Homie at Heart, Dana Michell, Pique Magazine, Whistler Canada