Laurel Swenson

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FEATURED PAINTING | Stay Here | Artist Laurel Swenson

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Seeing Laurel Swenson’s artwork at the 2018 Vancouver East Side Culture Crawl was all it took: I wanted to visit her studio, see more of her work and get a sense of the person behind her powerful paintings. We made a date.

After climbing a flight of stairs and winding my way through a dark maze of corridors, I find Laurel in her light-filled studio. She shares the space with 3 other artists yet she is alone today.

Meet LAUREL SWENSON: Abstract painter

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Laurel invites me to observe a work-in-progress and gives permission to snap some pics as she puts the finishing touches on a large-scale painting. I’m excited to be here. I didn’t expect her to be painting during my visit. Laurel tells me that this is the point that she can “wreck everything.” The camera shutter clatters in the silent studio as she stands, thinking, looking at the canvas. I’m concerned I’m a distraction.

Laurel collects brushes. Mixes paints. Stands back. Looks. Takes a deep breath and walks towards the canvas. She holds the brushes in ways I did not expect. Marks the canvas with strokes I’ve never seen before. She stands back. This back and forth – call and response, as Laurel calls it – continues until she feels that she has painted what she can in this session.

canadian-art best-original-art abstract-art painting vancouver interior-decor interior-design art-collection art-therapy styling acrylic affordable-art“To struggle is universal. My paintings celebrate the value of struggle in our lives.”

– Laurel Swenson

Laurel is an artist deeply inspired by human development and the theme of struggle, transition and growth run through her work. She makes a connection between struggles with the creative process, painting and the struggles we each face by simply being human.

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I sat down to chat with Laurel and asked a few questions. Listen in for her responses.

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Five questions with Laurel Swenson

1. When did you first start painting?

2. Has painting always been your primary creative outlet?

3. What advice would you give someone who is undecided about an artwork?

4. When you are working … silence or something else?

5. Artists name their paintings. How do you name yours?

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About this featured painting

Stay Here

24” x 24” (61 x 61cm)

Acrylic and polymers on canvas
Light grey painted sides

Available for purchase

World-wide shipping available by arrangement

Where to hang it: This painting will look great on a narrow wall, in a niche or as part of a grouping.

What I like: This painting is colourful yet somehow neutral. It is rich with texture. It’s pink without being pretty and it perfectly marries colour with a small amount of black while maintaining a light and fresh look.

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Other works by Laurel Swenson:

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Bundle Of Emotion Acrylic and polymers on wood panel white painted sides 12×14 in.
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I Love You Because We Hate The Same Stuff Acrylic, charcoal, pencil, and polymers on canvas 56×56 in.
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Life is Tough But So Are You Acrylic, pencil, pastel, charcoal, and polymers on canvas. Grey painted sides. 40 x 40 in.
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It Hurts Because It Matters Exploding Bouquet series Acrylic and polymers on canvas 24 x 30 in.
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Your Focus Determines Your Reality Acrylic and polymers on canvas 40 x 40 in.
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It Matters To You Acrylic, polymers, pencil and charcoal 36 x 36 in.

 

 

Laurel’s works range in size from 10”x10” to 56”x 56”.

Original works starting at $200 CDN.

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Photo Credit: Rennie Brown

– Laurel Swenson lives and paints in Vancouver CANADA –

See more of Laurel’s abstracts at LaurelSwenson.com.

Find me HERE on Instagram.

If you’re a fan of abstract art, tell me why. I’d love to read your comment.

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4 thoughts on “Laurel Swenson

  1. This has the makings of a fabulous series Catherine.
    Conversation with Laurel was very revelatory and I feel I know her a little. I do love her painting titles. Though I don’t often gravitate to abstract art I do very much like some of Laurel’s paintings including the featured one, “Stay Here” (you are right about the pink), “It Hurts Because It Matters” and “Bundles of Emotion”.

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