International professional painter
May 15, 1946, New Westminster, B.C. Canada
From the age of three years old, Laara WilliamSen was inspired to draw her natural surroundings while growing up in the Lower Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada. At the age of 19 years, she studied with the international artist, Robert E. Wood in both his New Westminster and North Vancouver, B.C. studios where she learned the foundation of composition and the skill of oil painting. In 1984, she began her four year program at Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, B.C. and she graduated in 1988 with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies. During her time at Emily Carr, she discovered her own abstracted art language that continues to evolve today. WilliamSen has been influenced by the paintings of W. Kandinsky, the Impressionists and the Fauve artists.
Fascinated by our relationship to the elements and by our human responses to the infinite cycles within nature, WilliamSen’s paintings are exemplary of her continuing and passionate exploration of this content. She works with oils, acrylics or mixed media using a rich palette of colors and dramatic contrast. Although she creates the painting, she believes that the completed painting has a life of its own.
WilliamSen is a nominee for the Palm Art Awards 2016 in Germany this year. She has received nine international awards, most notable, the Top Ten Painting Award in 1989 in the Artitudes competition sponsored by Gallery 54 in SoHo, New York, N.Y., U.S.A. and curated by the Fogg Museum, the MOMA in Chicago and the Guild Hall Museum. Other awards include the PEACE PROJECT, U.S.A. selected touring international group exhibiti”on, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Local awards include The B.C. Cultural fund and The B.C. Scholarship Fund in Canada.
She has had 90 solo exhibitions and has been included in over 130 group exhibitions. Some exhibitions during the past few years include “The Carl Benz Cloud University” Germany,2015 “The Olga Santos Gallery, Portugal, 2014” “The Peace Project 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014” touring the USA, “Solo exhibition” at Small Rituals Society, White Rock, B.C., Canada, “Trees for Life Exhibition,” in Scotland, “Symbiose.” at the Summer Art Festival at the De Stads Galerij, Oude Vest 34, Breda, The Netherlands, “Galileo Museum,” Artists for Freedom, Lennestad, Germany, “The Armory Exhibition,” Pasadena, California, U.S.A., “International Contemporary Art,” London, United Kingdom, “The Twitter Art & Social Media Group Exhibition,” juried at the Diane Farris Gallery, Vancouver, B.C., Canada. WilliamSen’s paintings are held in permanent public collections at The Paul Getty III Foundation at The Siena Art Institute, Italy, The Brooklyn Art Library, New York, NY, U.S.A. and the Biuro Pronocji Kultury, Gdansk, Poland and in private collections in Canada, the USA, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, France, Portugal, Italy, Poland, China, Thailand and Australia.
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