Abstracted Sculptural Trees (2021)
"Abstracted Sculptural Trees" depicts a close-up view of twisting trees in winter, inspired by a walk I took in the Belgian coastal town of De Haan. The lines and shapes of the trees and their branches are flattened and the colour patches are simplified, forgoing much of the detail I had included in my earlier painting. Light and dark greens, purples, and browns depict the earth and foliage against which the trees emerge. I have been exploring painting in solid colour patches, emphasizing shape, in small areas in earlier works. In "Abstracted Sculptural Trees" flattened and expansive colour and shape became my main focus.
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Laura K. Smith (1989) is a Canadian landscape painter based in Brussels, Belgium. Inspired from a young age by the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art movements, Laura studied studio fine arts, art history, art theory, and philosophy for over a decade and is now pursuing her own painting practice professionally.
Laura holds a Ph.D. in Literature from KU Leuven (Belgium), a Master’s degree in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmith’s, University of London (UK), and a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Fine Arts with honours in Art History from Bishop’s University (Canada). Laura has worked in academia as a post-doctoral researcher and as an art consultant, gallery assistant, and researcher including in internationally renowned art institutions in Europe and Canada.
Peaceful, joyful, strong, colourful, dream-like, and haunting are some of the ways in which Laura’s paintings have been described to her. Using acrylic on canvas, Laura paints colourful landscape scenes of her home country of Canada and her new home country of Belgium with the aim of sharing the joy that she experiences in the practice and appreciation of art. Complementary to her painting practice, Laura writes about her painting process and inspiration in her biweekly blog, available on her website.