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Laura Menzies

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Degree: MA Fine Art
University: Falmouth University
Graduation Year: 2013

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Laura Menzies' abstract canvases seem to capture fleeting, intangible emotions : like the experience of simultaneously realising and forgetting on the point of sleep, or the bewildering feeling of deja vu perhaps. Like Turner's epic, formless vortexes, layers of translucent paint, applied and scratched away,  suggest ideas just waiting to be born from the ether. The titles of her works similarly lead the viewer to consider the intangible relationships between forces and shapes yet to take definite form. Inspiring calm philosophy and contemplation, these paintings improve the atmosphere of any room.

Artist Statement

'My lyrical, abstract paintings are like visual poems, spoken through constructs of memories, emotions and indirect references to place. These influences are not overt but are located on the edge of consciousness, gradually seeping in as the work evolves. 

I paint intuitively in a visceral and fluid manner, each brush stroke directly informing the next. This process is highly sensitive. It develops organically over time by building up and scraping back layers of oil paint, cold wax and mixed media to create a palimpsest of lines, colours and textures that reveal traces of the work’s history. In places the play between these formal elements registers a tension between the familiar and the unknown, offering subtle suggestions and emphasising instability over certainty. 

My paintings are sensory and evocative, the end result of looking, thinking and feeling. They aim to reveal things that aren’t immediately visible and often can’t be put into words. They take time to disclose themselves fully and reward those that spend time with them. They ask the viewer to slow down and contemplate and to momentarily loose themselves in their visual and physical presence, providing breathing space from the world'. 

Solo Exhibitions

2019, In the Stillness, Jubilee Wharf, Cornwall

Group Exhibitions

2019, Tate Biennale, Tate Modern, London
2019, Environments, Tate St Ives, St Ives
2018, Perspectives, Agora Gallery, New York
2018, Enys Art Exhibition, Enys House, Enys House
2018, St Ives School of Painting Tutors exhibition, Penwith Gallery, St Ives
2016, Seldom Seen, Create Gallery, Cornwall
2016, Imagine, Falmouth Art Gallery, Cornwall
2016, Passages, St Stephen in Brannel Church, Cornwall

Competitions, Prizes & Awards

2015, Winston Churchill Travel fellowship
2015, Gane Trust funding Award
2016, Artists Network Professional Development Bursary
2016, Visual Arts South West Go and See Travel Bursary
2017, Cultivator Grant
2019, Creative Investment Grant

Original works:

Float Away

By Laura Menzies

£560

Hideaways

By Laura Menzies

£560

My Heart Wanders

By Laura Menzies

£560

In Solitude

By Laura Menzies

£560

Far Away

By Laura Menzies

£250

Imbolc

By Laura Menzies

£250

Rising

By Laura Menzies

£250

To Sit and Dream

By Laura Menzies

£250

Rite of Passage

By Laura Menzies

£420

Fleeting Impressions

By Laura Menzies

£420

Begin Again

By Laura Menzies

£420

Coming Home

By Laura Menzies

£420

Closer

By Laura Menzies

£420

Limitless

By Laura Menzies

£420

Rapture

By Laura Menzies

£420

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Deluge 2

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Vestige 2

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Expanse 2

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Expanse 1

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Expanse 3

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Expanse 4

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Expanse 5

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Expanse 6

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Expanse 8

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Traces 3

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Unspoken

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Ponder

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Still Life

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Arise

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Reformation

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The Sea Within

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We Want to Keep Dreaming

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Becoming

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A Passage to Ireland

By Laura Menzies

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