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Laurie Skantzos

Artist member since 2018
Guelph, Ontario

Laurie’s contemporary, process driven painting is largely inspired by the interactions of colour, shape and application. She was born in Toronto and studied fine art at the University of Waterloo. Her work is displayed in galleries throughout Ontario and she has been an active member of the art community for over twenty years, regularly participating in shows such as the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair and International Affordable Art Fairs with Spence Gallery. Laurie’s work is included in private and public collections across North America, Europe and Asia. She works from her studio in Guelph Ontario. Laurie teaches sessions at the Guelph School of Art, Elora Centre for the Arts, The Hive in Alton Mills and a week long intensive during the summer at the Wellington County Museum. She offers private and semi-private classes in her studio. The focus is on building a visual vocabulary of tools and techniques while further establishing each participant’s unique voice.

Shape, colour, line, materiality of paint and the myriad ways that they can interact are the jumping off points for my painting explorations. I truly think of painting as a dedicated practice, one that I must return to as often as possible to feed my artistic curiosity and my soul. Endless fascination and dedication to remaining present in each moment fuel my quest to express what is, at first, intangible. My painting practice is experimental and rigorous. I work with oil, incorporating cold wax medium mixed with alkyd. Shapes upon shapes are layered, using hand cut templates. These are somewhat crudely made and imperfectly spaced, which thwarts initial control while indicating the human hand involved in the making. Working wet in wet, unexpected transfers occur, adding richness to the surface. I scrape back in areas to reveal linear elements from the edges of raised forms. In some sections there are up to 15 layers. Layering, scraping back and re-application of paint in a manner that both obscures and reveals simultaneously, leads me through a process driven inquiry where discovery and exploration are the main objectives. Evident in the final works are a diaristic passage of time and the history of development.


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Q+A

Describe your home in 3 words

Bright, welcoming, eclectic

Everyone should know about

How to be in the moment

What do you listen to when you work?

Either streaming music or podcasts. Currently I'm enjoying I Like Your Work and Sound's True

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

Gardening in the summer and hiking year round

Favourite musical artist / band right now

Thievery Corporation, Miles Davis and Be Good Tanyas

Why is art important to you?

Creating it brings me joy and grounding, looking at art gives me faith and hope for humankind as well as a deep sense of connection

Select Past Exhibitions
2020

NYC
Affordable Art Fair with Spence Gallery

2020

RICA Renann Isaacs Gallery
Curated Group Show

2020

Toronto
Toronto Outdoor (Online) Art Fair

2020

Waterloo
PWD Gallery Big Ideas Show

Accolades
2018

Art in the Street, Guelph
Best in Show

2017

Art in the Street, Guelph
Honourable Mention

2020

Toronto Online Art Fair
Curator's Choice

2013

Riverdale Art Walk
Best in Show

Residencies
2021

Vermont
Vermont Studio Center Residency

2019

Elora
Artist in Residence

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