Laurel Smart – Colour beyond Darkness
The exhibition runs from Wednesday 30th March through to and including Sunday 8th May 2022. Opening times are 11-4pm Wednesdays through Sundays. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays and occasionally for other events in the main hall – we recommend you call first if travelling a distance to avoid disappointment.
Laurel is a Bristol based abstract artist. This exhibition is new work created over the last two years. Her paintings are a celebration of how colour sustained her through the pandemic.
Laurel started painting large abstract canvases about four years ago. Most often they are entirely intuitive and only tell their story once they are complete. They tend to be busy, energetic and evocative. Laurel loves colour and the physical experience of applying paint to the canvas.
She is fascinated by the relationship between chaos and order in nature. This is reflected in the way she paints, starting with apparently random marks, gradually imposing some order and then disrupting it to build it up again. The paint is many layers deep.
Main image “Breakthrough” measures 36 x 48 inches