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Laurel Smart  – Abstract Acrylic Paintings

Where does abstraction come from and where is it going?

Laurel’s work explores elements of abstraction, starting from making marks and choosing colour without reference in the real world.  Sometimes it is the emotion and the energy that are prominent. Sometimes the real world creeps in and asserts itself. The work can reflect a mood, or be reminiscent of time and place.

Laurel’s work is large, expressive and energetic. She is most interested in capturing a sensation.

Titles pose a particular challenge to Laurel as she never wants to tell anyone what to see. But equally she would like to stimulate thoughts and give the observer a way in.

There is a beguiling beauty in her paintings which evolve and change as you look at them. The personality of the work reveals itself as you get to know it better.

Laurel is a Friend of the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol, She has been instrumental in developing a collaboration with The Goods Shed, leading the RWA Friends exhibition in May 2020.

Her connection with abstract painting has been incubating throughout a rich and varied career as a painting tutor. Encouraging others to examine the creative process and draw from deep within themselves, has nourished her own creativity.

Gestural marks and colour drive Laurel’s painting, it is both intuitive and disciplined. Freedom from the convention of ‘subject’ requires more concentration on the elements that create abstract imagery. Her work is often large, complex and layered, it changes as you look at it and in different lights.

Laurel says, “I would like people to spend time staring at my paintings. Our visual perception changes and the image evolves before our eyes. Discover what resonates, learn how to feel the painting.”

Journeys into Abstraction runs from Wednesday 8th January to Sunday 23rd February 2020 at the Tetbury Goods Shed Arts Centre, The Old Station Yard, Cirencester Road Tetbury, Gloucestershire GL8 8EY. Open to visitors five days a week from Wednesday through to Sunday and between the hours of 11am – 3pm.

Occasionally the Hall is closed for a private event so we do recommend calling ahead if travelling a distance