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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.

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. It has also lead me to work as an art consultant for over 15 years at a distinguished art consultancy firm as the art director.  I led and contributed to numerous high-profile projects, such as:  St. Regis Museum Hotel San Francisco;  Four Seasons Hotels in Toronto, NY, Boston;  W Hotel Tai Pei;  St. Regis Hotel Resort Bal Harbour;  and Printemps Department Store Paris.  I have now launched my own art consultancy, Opus Art Projects.
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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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