Bio

Laurie’s contemporary, process driven painting is largely inspired by the interactions of colour, shape and application. She was born in Toronto and studied fine art at the University of Waterloo. Her work is displayed in galleries throughout Ontario and she has been an active member of the art community for over twenty years, regularly participating in shows such as the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair and International Affordable Art Fairs with Spence Gallery. Laurie’s work is included in private and public collections across North America, Europe and Asia. She works from her studio in Guelph Ontario.

Laurie teaches sessions at the Guelph School of Art, Elora Centre for the Arts, The Hive in Alton Mills and a week long intensive during the summer at the Wellington County Museum. She offers private and semi-private classes in her studio. The focus is on building a visual vocabulary of tools and techniques while further establishing each participant’s unique voice.

Shape, colour, line, materiality of paint and the myriad ways that they can interact are the jumping off points for my painting explorations. I truly think of painting as a dedicated practice, one that I must return to as often as possible to feed my artistic curiosity and my soul. Endless fascination and dedication to remaining present in each moment fuel my quest to express what is, at first, intangible.

Recently, the shapes and forms that have dominated in my two dimensional work have taken on a life of their own. The integration of these elements onto a flat surface is not always appropriate to what I’d like to express. I am on a precarious threshold between the worlds of painting and sculpture and am very interested in the play between the two. Materiality is becoming increasingly dominant in my work. A more sculptural approach is sometimes necessary, as well as a distillation into more isolated forms. Employing an integrated approach to all aspects of my process, the paint encrusted templates that were previously employed as a means to an end are now being salvaged and assembled into objects in their own right. I’m interested in ideas of “permanency” and archival qualities during a time filled with so much uncertainty of how our future will unfold.

Curriculum Vitae

Gallery Representation:

Butter Gallery, Collingwood ON

Karger Gallery, Elora ON

Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo ON

PI Fine Art, Toronto ON

Spence Gallery, Toronto ON

Select Exhibitions:

2020

VAM 42nd Annual Juried Show, Mississauga ON

Affordable Art Fair NYC w/ Spence Gallery

2019

Holiday Open House

Solo Show - Journey Into Process, Elora Centre for the Arts

PAINT - Curated Show at John B Aird Gallery Toronto

Affordable Art Fair London UK with Spence Gallery

Elora Fergus Studio Tour

Guelph Studio Tour

Three Person Show at Shane Norrie Contemporary, Stratford

Summer 2019, RICA Gallery, Guelph

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair, Nathan Phillips Square

Unmade - Curated Show at Propeller Gallery Toronto

Insights Juried Show, Wellington Museum

Art in the Street, Guelph

Affordable Art Fair NYC w/ Spence Gallery

West Hamilton Artist Tour (WHAT)

Art Gallery of Hamilton Spring Sale

2018

Holiday Open House

Gesture and Geometry, 3 Person Show at Elora Centre for the Arts

SOFA Art Expo, Chicago w/Spence Gallery

Affordable Art Fair London UK w/Spence Gallery

Guelph Studio Tour

Elora Fergus Studio Tour

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Insights Show, Wellington County Museum

Guelph Art in the Street

Riverdale Art Walk Toronto

Affordable Art Fair London UK w/Spence Gallery

Feature Artist at Jordan Gallery

West Hamilton Artist Tour

Open Studio, Elora Centre for the Arts

Affordable Art Fair NYC w/ Spence Gallery

DeFacto Gallery Solo Show, Hamilton ON

2017

Annual Holiday Open Studio, Guelph ON

Affordable Art Fair Singapore w/Spence Gallery

Affordable Art Fair London UK w/Spence Gallery

Guelph Studio Tour, Guelph ON

PEC Studio Tour, Prince Edward County ON

Affordable Art Fair NYC with Spence Gallery

Solo Show at Redbrick Cafe in Guelph ON

Art in the Yard, Elora ON

Art on the Street, Guelph ON

Insights 2017 Wellington County Museum and Archives

Riverdale Art Walk Toronto

Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong w/Spence Gallery

Affordable Art Fair Hampstead UK w/ Spence Gallery

West Hamilton Artists Tour (WHAT)

"Seeking" Two person show with Mary Karavos at Williams Mill Visual Arts Centre

"Four Walls Four Artists" Elora Centre for the Arts

2016

Holiday Open Studio Sale, Guelph ON

Hear Here, Toronto's Premier Salon

Square Foot Show, Julia Veenstra Gallery, Hamilton ON

Paula White Diamond Gallery Group Show, Waterloo ON

Group Show at Crescent Hill Gallery

Affordable Art Fair UK w/Spence Gallery

Guelph Studio Tour

Affordable Art Fair NYC w/Spence Gallery

PEC Studio Tour

Affordable Art Fair Seoul Korea w/Spence Gallery

Impact 2016, Nielson Park Creative Centre

Art in the Street, Guelph ON

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Affordable Art Fair Hamstead UK w/ Spence Gallery

Two Person Show at PWD Gallery Waterloo ON

Riverdale Art Walk Toronto

Art Busan Korea w/ Spence gallery

Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong w/ Spence Gallery

West Hamilton Artists Tour

"Exhibit Eh" The Painting Center NYC

Art Gallery of Hamilton Spring Show and Sale

Art Wynwood Miami w/ Spence Gallery

2015

Paula White Diamond Gallery Group Show, Waterloo ON

Art San Diego with Spence Gallery

Capacitance, Guelph ON

Affordable Art Fair London UK with Spence Gallery

.Guelph Studio Tour

Hear Here, Toronto ON
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Cabbagetown Art Fair, Toronto ON

Affordable Art Fair, NYC with Spence Gallery

Arts on Queen, Feature ArtistGuelph Art on the Street

Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto ON

Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong with Spence Gallery

WHAT Hamilton Studio Tour

Toronto Artist Project

Twist Gallery Abstract Group Show, Toronto ON

2014

Paula White Diamond Gallery Group Show, Waterloo ON

MJG Gallery Group Show, Toronto

Guelph Studio Tour

Cabbagetown Art Festival, Toronto ON

Guelph Art on the Street

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Rittenhouse Fine Art Show Philadelphia PA

WHAT West Hamilton Artist Tour

Open Studio Show and Sale Guelph

Toronto Art Expo

Toronto Artists Project

2013

Art Gallery of Hamilton Show and Sale

Outside the Lines Group Show, Hamilton ON

Open Studio Show, Guelph ON

Art in the Street, Guelph ON

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

The New Art Festival, Ottawa ON

Solo show at Red Brick Cafe, Guelph ON

RAW Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto ON

West Hamilton Artist Tour, Hamilton ON

Speakeasy Spring Art Fair, Toronto ON

Art Gallery of Hamilton Spring Sale

Toronto Artists Project

2012

One of a Kind Holiday Show Toronto

Alone Together, Group Show at Artscape Triangle Lofts Gallery, Toronto ON

Mary Allen Studio Tour, Waterloo ON

Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto ON

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Barnes Art Market Toronto ON

SpeakEasy Fine Art Show at the Gladstone

Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto ON

“Flux” at the Gladstone, Toronto ON

Propeller Gallery, “Stolen Moments” with Colourshift Collective

The Artists Project, Toronto ON

Solo Show at Albion Hotel, Guelph ON

2011

Toronto One of a Kind Show

Feature artist at Arts on King, Toronto ON

Up Art at the Gladstone, Toronto ON

Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto ON

“Bright Lights Big City” at the Gladstone Hotel with Colourshift Collective

Oakville Art in the Park

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition “TOAE”

RAW Riverdale Art Walk Toronto ON

Speakeasy at the Gladstone, Toronto ON

W.H.A.T Hamilton Studio Tour

The Artist Project Toronto ON

Colourshift Collective Group Show
“New Growth” Gallery 1313 Toronto ON

Colourshift Collective Group Show
“Abstraction”
Ben Navaee Gallery, Toronto ON

2010

One of a Kind Show, Toronto ON

Ebar solo show, Guelph ON (Sept - Jan 2/11)

Art Gallery of Hamilton Fall Show, Hamilton ON

Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto ON

Square Foot Show, AWOL Gallery, Toronto ON

Sunnyside Beach Show, Toronto ON

Salon des Refuses, Toronto ON

Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto ON

WHAT West Hamilton Artist Tour, Hamilton ON

The Artist Project Toronto ON

2009

Art Gallery of Hamilton Show and Sale, Hamilton ON

Art Off the Lot, Toronto ON

Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto ON

Cabbage Town Art Festival, Toronto ON

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto ON

Riverdale Art Walk Toronto ON

2008

Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto ON

Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto ON

Riverdale Art Walk, Toronto ON

Stitch ‘n Kitsch Spring Show & Sale, Waterloo ON

Five Lights Gallery, Guelph ON

Hanna’s Bella Bistro, Waterloo ON

2007

Stitch ‘n Kitsch Christmas Show & Sale, Waterloo, ON

Artworks Show & Sale, Kitchener, ON

Stitch ‘n Kitsch Show & Sale, Waterloo, ON

Hanna’s Bella Bistro, Waterloo, ON

Artworks Spring Show & Sale, Kitchener, ON

Other

Brighton Yards Studio Tour, 2006 Waterloo, ON

ASAP (Available Space Art Project) Kitchener Tourist Info Centre, 2006

Princess Twin Cinema, 2005 Waterloo, ON

ECH Front Gallery, U of W Third Year Painting Show, Waterloo, ON

ECH Front Gallery, U of W Group Show, 1999, Waterloo, ON

Corporate Collections

The Aimia Collection

Residencies

Elora Centre for the Arts - Artist in Residence 2018-2019

Upcoming - Vermont Studio Centre Residency, May 2020

Artist Talks

Art Gallery of Burlington 2017

Education:

University of Waterloo, Honours Fine Art ~ Studio Specialization 1996-2000

Awards:

Best in Show, Art in the Street Guelph 2018

Honourable Mention, Art in the Street Guelph 2017

Honourable Mention, Cabbagetown Art Festival 2014

Best in Show at Riverdale Art Walk 2013

Dean’s Honour List, U of W 1996-2000

Liz Edwards Fine Art Memorial Award, U of W 1999


Memberships:

Artists’ Network


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