Etudes (2014-20)

etude (noun); a short musical composition, typically for one instrument, designed as an exercise to improve the technique or demonstrate the skill of the player. Origin: mid 19th century from French, literally, ‘study’.

Hollyhock, oil on board, 22.5 x 30cm (diptych), 2020

Between larger serial based projects, Laura takes refuge in these small, technical pieces or etudes as she has come to think of them. The subjects are often closer to home and draw on her love of flowers, vessels, the domestic interior and painting itself. They are also the means with which she can attend to and indulge her passion for the formal qualities of painting, namely colour, tone, mark-making and proportion. Not deliberately, but definitely consistently, Laura draws on the diptych as a means of creating a viewfinder (or armature) to frame the main subject and open it out to the more abstract forces governing perception and our relationship to sight.

Ethan, oil on board 38 x 23cm, 2021
Still Image; Curtain, oil on board, 23.5 x 50cm, (diptych), 2020
View, oil on board, 17.5 x 28cm, 2020
Hollyhock, oil on board, 22.5 x 32cm, 2020
Still Life with Sliding Doors , oil on board, 18 x 22.5cm, 2020
Mrs Whalley’s Field, oil on board, 39x48cm, 2020
Still Life with Spectacles. oil on board 22 x 30cm, 2020
Untitled. Oil on board. Diptych, 16 x 30cm, 2020
Still Life with Iris and Painting, oil on board, diptych, 22 x 30cm, 2020
Still Life with Canvas, oil on board, 15 x 22cm, 2020

Narcissus 1-6, oil on board, each 10 x 7.5cm, 2020

Still Life with Mirror, oil on board, diptych, 22 x 35cm, 2018
Fault Line, oil on board, diptych, 16 x 29.2cm, 2014

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