Laura Madera

watercolour painting with florals in pastel shades

Garden Air, 2020, archivally treated watercolour on panel, 16″ x 12″

About the Artist:

“I use painting to poetically explore the natural world, it’s beauty, it’s phenomena, and to approximate something of the wonder of it. I think about this as a way to become intimate with the place that surrounds me but also to the world within.

I paint in watercolour, in many veils of transparent pure colour. The paintings are layered over time to create rich, complex and sometimes unexpected colour. I engage with gravity and the properties of water as my collaborators. I dip and tip and shimmy my paintings into being.

A painting, or series of paintings, begins with asking questions – often about place, colour, light and process. And in my making in the studio,  I aim to create a picture that invites experience, that circles back to my initial curiosity and may even spark yours. My paintings are often about a feeling, an atmosphere and perhaps an invitation to look with fresh eyes on the luminosity possible in everyday moments.” – Laura Madera

Laura Madera received her BFA from Emily Carr University, BC and an MFA from the University of Guelph, ON. Her practice explores the potential of watercolour as a means to poetically investigate phenomena within a contemporary context. Her work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at Evans Contemporary in Peterborough ON, Monastiraki in Montreal QC, The Bakery on Franklin in Vancouver BC and is held in private collections across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Canadian Art Magazine has consistently listed her solo exhibitions in their “Must-sees This Week”. She was named as one of Canada’s most promising emerging painters by the Magenta Foundation. She is a recent recipient of an Emerging Artist Production grant from the Ontario Arts Council. She lives and works in Peterborough with her husband, son and cat.

watercolour painting featuring florals in pastel shades

Garden Air, 2020, archivally treated watercolour on panel, 16″ x 12″

person on left viewing watercolour painting featuring florals in pastel shades



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