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Laura Gaiger

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Degree: BA Hons (Glasgow) MFA (Bergen)
University: Glasgow School of Art, Bergen Academy of Art and Design
Graduation Year: 2018

New Blood Art Statement

Laura Gaiger studied at Glasgow School of Art, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Painting and Printmaking. After a period working in Glasgow, she is currently undertaking an MFA at Bergen Faculty of Art, Music and Design, in Norway. Laura's paintings deal with the elusive nature of memory and the past, combining autobiographical sources with references to historical painting, dreamscapes and invention. Her work has been influenced by the French scientist and philosopher Gaston Bachelard, by the phenomenon of the romantic pastoral, and by the Jungian tradition of the collective unconscious.

Artist Statement

Boys run in a field (we only see their backs), roses grow up the front of a small house, some undefinable work is done by a man in overalls, people lay prostrate on vivid green in bright daylight, the setting sun casts a pink light over the pale grey water off the coast of a seaside town. This could be any time in the past few centuries. This could be very many places in the world. Perhaps the viewer inserts themselves into the story, finds what they recognise from their own past, what they have lost or left behind. The colour of a feeling, the shape of a dream they had once. The posture of a familiar figure or the topography of a place they felt safe.

These paintings are ambivalent memories, idealised, coveted, but in danger of becoming worn out through overuse and patched until the original fabric is buried under reworking. This is the sadness of memory - through each rehearsal of it, it is rewritten. We cannot keep the past alive by intention, and we ought not to try, lest we cast too bright a light on those fleeting instances of it and burn them out entirely. Instead we can take sideways glances at it, now and then, and trust that it will still be there next time we come looking.

Solo Exhibitions

2018, Suppertime, Crownpoint Studios, Glasgow, UK
2017, Helping on the Farm, Unit 42, The Hidden Lane, Glasgow, UK
2017, Painting About, Motherwell Concert Hall and Theatre, Motherwell, UK
2017, Lemon Yellow, The Old Hairdressers', Glasgow, UK
2016, Painting & Decorating (at Glasgow School of Art Degree Show), The Tontine Building, Glasgow, UK
2016, Recent Paintings, The Tontine Cafe, Glasgow, UK
2015, Painting, The Plinth, The Plinth, Glasgow, UK
2015, Painting In, The Art School, Glasgow, UK
2014, Hung Up, The Mackintosh Building, Glasgow, UK

Group Exhibitions

2019, Make Me/Destroy Me, USF Visningsrommet, Bergen, Norway
2019, Syndesgate 1b, Sydnesgate 1, Bergen, Norway
2018, RSA Open, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK
2017, Glasgow Splash, Bella Juanita, Palma, Mallorca
2017, Transmission Gallery Members' Show, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow, UK
2017, RSA Open, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK
2017, New Scottish Artists, David Roberts Art Foundation, Camden, UK
2017, RSA New Contemporaries, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK
2017, Pendolino Vol. 1, The New Glasgow Society, Glasgow, UK
2016, Collective Memory: The Past and Future is Ours, Bushwick Studios, New York, USA
2016, RSA Open, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, UK
2016, Painters Gonna Paint, The Tontine Building, Glasgow, UK
2015, Construction & Destruction, The Scottish Maritime Museum, Irvine, UK
2015, Nepal, Studio Warehouse Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
2015, Safe and Healthy, The McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, UK
2014, Head (and other mistakes), The Mackintosh Building, Glasgow, UK
2014, 200%, The Reid Building, Glasgow, UK

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2016, The RSA John Kinross Scholarship
2016, The Woon Foundation Prize (Longlisted)

Original works:

Christmas Dinner

By Laura Gaiger

£615

Farmer's Helpers

By Laura Gaiger

£615

Bathers

By Laura Gaiger

£600

Two Boys

By Laura Gaiger

£600

Fields

By Laura Gaiger

£580

Pool

By Laura Gaiger

£1200

Red Sky at Night

By Laura Gaiger

£585

Trees in Autumn

By Laura Gaiger

£700

Front Garden

By Laura Gaiger

£600

Carol Singers

By Laura Gaiger

£580

Roller

By Laura Gaiger

£600

North Cornish Railway

By Laura Gaiger

£600

In the Woods

By Laura Gaiger

£800

Barn

By Laura Gaiger

£785

Malmö

By Laura Gaiger

£780

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A Wall in Florence

By Laura Gaiger

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