Laura Wood - Paintings and Art
Laura Wood

Laura Wood

Toronto, Canada

"There is something meditative about the act of painting itself. The simple gesture. The physicality and repetition of it. Mark making after mark making. Soft blendings. The viscosity and smell of the oils. It triggers something in me, shutting out all the noise of the day."
I am a painter living in Toronto, Ontario with my husband and two young daughters. I was born in Ontario, Canada and received my BFA at the University of Waterloo.

My work is an investigation into image and perception, touching on the ambiguity of texts - photographic, painterly or mnemonic, creating an encounter open to interpretation. I use glazing techniques, creating layers which capture a rich glow of light and a depth of colour. I am constantly drawn to light and strive to always be living in it.

My work has been exhibited across Canada and the United States and is included in many International collections.
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How do your pieces come to life? Tell us one interesting thing about your creative process?

"My artistic process is so integral to my work. For me, painting is a kind of meditation. I work mostly at night and I find that the quiet time with my thoughts, my paint and the repetitive blending and brush strokes is incredibly therapeutic. I like to think that this is also manifested in my artwork."
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What do you want people to do or feel when they encounter your creations?

"My work touches on memory, something brief and ephemeral. A small glimpse or window into a fleeting moment that’s come and gone. I love that each person brings something entirely different to my work and leaves with their own individual experience. Everyone’s experience to my work is as unique as their own memories."
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What funny moments, unexpected surprises, or obstacles have you encountered?

"Working on a large scale for me is always exciting. I’d say the most memorable artistic experience I've had, was working on an 18' chandelier painting, for a project here in Toronto. There were so many different challenges involved in this project. I had a very small studio at the time and was only able to work on half of the painting at one time. It was divided into panels. My entire studio was filled with scaffolding and I spent months up there, creating a chandelier that I had never actually seen as a whole. Oh and did I mention that I was nine months pregnant at the time? My daughter was born and I completed the chandelier painting a month later as she looked on. In those moments, dealing with all those challenges, it really did feel like an impossible task. But looking back now, it couldn’t really have been more perfect - the creation of my first child and this incredible painting - both took a long time to make and weren't revealed to me until the very end. It’s quite poetic in a way, and such a fond memory."
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What is your favorite material to work with?

"I remember trying oils for the first time in high school, and just falling in love. The buttery texture, the blending, the colours, the smell. I couldn’t possibly choose another medium."
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What motivates and inspires you?

"Light has always been a constant theme throughout my work. I am always seeking light or the absence of it. In nature, shadows, reflections. I live near the lake in the Beaches area of Toronto, and we have the best summers here. Having the beach, parks, the swans so close to where I live and where my studio is - I am constantly surrounded by inspiration. I’ll go out with my camera and take hundreds of photos and video. Photography has always been my sketchpad. I’ll play around with the photos a bit and then will work from them and continue to abstract them further in paint."
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What makes a space special?

"I have had the privilege of having my work included in many amazing spaces internationally and locally. The spaces that really stay with me are the beautifully designed and carefully curated locations where lots of thought and attention to detail has been given. Spaces are more then just good design and architecture, they are also the styling and the final artistic layer that really make everything come together as a whole and tell a story that is worth remembering."
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What’s unique about your work?

"Over the years I have developed a way of painting - using thin layers of glazes in a similar way to a photograph - layer upon layer, until the painting glows. I typically begin with a very saturated colour and work back from that. Building each layer, pushing and pulling the saturation, the light, the blur, until finally it’s finished. It’s a long process and does take some patience. But the process is really why I paint. When I am in that moment, everything else slows down. Hours go by without notice."
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