About Laura

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Paddling North Tea Lake, Algonquin with Navigator/Gallery Assistant and all-round good dog, Angus.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My paintings are my response to my deep and abiding love of the the wild places of Ontario. I am motivated to paint images, whether representational or abstract, which reflect my profound sense of connection to the rocky and wild landscape in which I live and which seems to inhabit me.

My images are the product of many meditative hours spent in this harshly beautiful environment: hiking, paddling, observing, absorbing and just being.

My process is an exploration that involves building up multiple layers of wax and pigment using a range of application and mark making techniques, combined with scraping back to expose underlying layers. By repeatedly adding and subtracting, concealing and revealing, I build an environment rich in natural textures and with a sense of history and place. I feel this process is akin to nature’s cycles of erosion and decay, growth and renewal, and also an adventure and a journey; and exciting merging of spontaneity, analysis and imagination.

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T.S. Eliot

BIOGRAPHY

Laura is an award-winning painter, originally from Toronto, now very happily settled in Maynooth.

Laura completed studies at the Ontario College of Art in 1985 and went on to work as an illustrator , mural painter and fine artist. A professional painter for over 30 years, Laura’s work resides internationally in many corporate, private and government collections including the Art Collection of the Government of Ontario. She is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists and a recipient of an Ontario Arts Council Grant.

Laura paints with beeswax; either encaustic (hot wax) or with cold wax mixed with dry pigment and oil paint. Her work is available directly from her home studio Black Spruce Art Works; at various juried art shows, and at several galleries throughout Ontario.
Awards include Best in Show at the Ontario Society of Artists 139th Open Juried Exhibition, Best in Painting at the 51st Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition and most recently, the David B Milne Award of Best in Show at the Art Gallery of Bancroft Annual Juried Show.

Laura paints full-time in the studio of her cozy home and gallery in Maynooth Ontario. When time allows, she loves to venture away on long motorcycle rides or out canoeing and camping in Algonquin Park.

Laura Culic
2018

In the White Mountains, New Hampshire

 

CURRICULUM VITAE

Awards & Grants
2017 David B Milne Award of Best in Show, Art Gallery of Bancroft Annual Juried Exhibition
2016 Best in Show, The Northern Art Show, Apsley ON
2012 Best in Painting Award, 51st Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
2012 Best in Show, Ontario Society of Artists 139th Annual Juried Exhibition
2009 Best in Show, Art Gallery of Peel 36th Annual Juried Show
2008 Ontario Arts Council Emerging Artist Grant

Selected Juried and Group Exhibitions

2018
Kingsway-Lambton United Church Show & Sale, Toronto

2017
Solo Exhibition of Recent Work, Kidd Gallery, Kingston General Hospital
Kingsway-Lambton United Church Show & Sale, Toronto
“Invocation” Solo Show at Art Gallery of Bancroft
Art Gallery of Bancroft Annual Juried Exhibition – David B Milne Award of Best in Show and People’s Choice Award
Yorkminster Park Gallery Anniversary Show, Toronto
56th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
“I Frequently Go There…” dual artist exhibition, Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton

2016
“Northbound” Solo show at Ben Navaee Gallery, Toronto
“Scapes” group landscape show at Navillus Gallery, Toronto
Kingsway-Lambton United Church Show & Sale
“Elemental” two-artist show at Paula White Diamond Gallery, Waterloo
55th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
“The Northern Art Show”, Apsley ON
“Summer-scapes” group landscape show at Arta Gallery, Toronto

2015
54th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
“Reflected Natures” two-artist exhibition at Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton
Out from the Back” gallery artist exhibition, Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton
The Artist Project Toronto

2014
ALONE together, group exhibition, MJG Gallery Toronto
“Back Country” Wall Space Gallery, Ottawa
53rd Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
“Sojourn” solo show, Yorkminster Park Gallery, Toronto
The Artist Project Toronto

2013
“Environmental Music II” two-artist show, John B Aird Gallery, Toronto
“Shorelines” Agnes Jamieson Gallery, Minden Cultural Centre, Minden ON
“Transformations” two-artist show, Jordan Art Gallery, Jordan ON
52nd Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
“Take a Hike” two-artist show at MJG Gallery Toronto
“Landforms”, two-artist show at Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton
The Artist Project Toronto
“Best Of”, Award winning artists from 2012 TOAE, First Canadian Place Gallery, Toronto

 2012
Art Gallery of Hamilton Sales and Rental Program Show and Sale
“ALONE together” group exhibition, Triangle Gallery, Toronto
51st Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
The Artist Project Toronto
Ontario Society of Artists 139th Annual Juried Exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto

2011
50th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Art Gallery of Hamilton Sales and Rental Program Show and Sale
The Artist Project Toronto

2010
Whodunnit OCADU – work selected by Curatorial Committee for Gala Preview Silent Auction
“Pursuit of Aesthetics”, Earls Court Gallery, Hamilton ON
“Quiet Interludes”, Academy Gallery, Bath ON
“Environmental Music”, curated group of three exhibition, John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Gillian Reddyhoff curator
49th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
The Artist Project Toronto

2009
Art Gallery of Hamilton Sales and Rental Program Show and Sale
48th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Art Gallery of Peel 26th Annual Juried Show
Toronto Art Expo
“Remembrance”, Solo Exhibition supported by Ontario Arts Council Grant, Hangman Gallery, Toronto

2008
47th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Riverdale Artwalk, Toronto
Toronto Art Expo
“Killarney: power, place, poetry”, group of three exhibition, Carriage House Gallery, Midland ON

2007
McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Volunteer Committee Art Sale
46th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Riverdale Artwalk, Toronto
Toronto Art Expo

2006
Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto
Toronto Art Expo

2005
Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto
44th Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Toronto Art Expo
Solo Exhibition of Recent Work, Centennial Museum, Penetanguishene ON

2004
Open Water, CSPWC Juried Watercolour Exhibition, Etobicoke Civic Centre Art Gallery
Queen West Art Crawl, Toronto
Art Gallery of Peel Annual Juried Show
Toronto Art Expo
Solo Exhibition of Recent Work, Centennial Museum, Penetanguishene ON

2003
“Smatterings” curated group exhibition, Centennial Museum, Penetanguishene ON
42nd Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
Juried Landscape Exhibition, Praxis Gallery, Toronto
Solo Exhibition of Recent Work, Elysian Arts Gallery, Toronto

2002
Visual Arts Mississauga Annual Juried Exhibition, Art Gallery of Mississauga
Colour & Form Society Annual Juried Exhibition
41st Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition