Since my early devotion to painting, I’ve been motivated by a love of nature and a fascination with paint as a material. My paintings feature colour, texture and movement. I use techniques that involve pouring paint, mimicking dynamic patterns and flow in nature. I gravitate toward the abstract in art because it allows me the freedom to interpret the world I see through my own creative lens.
Since my recent visit to Iceland, I have been concerned with climate change and how it relates to the landscape. I witnessed first hand glaciers shrinking, ice breaking and rivers surging. The experience was sublime; beautiful and surreal yet equally disturbing, knowing it’s from the effects of global warming. My work is about observing the beauty in the landscape that is happening now, and to celebrate with hope what is still here.
About the Artist
Laura earned her BFA in Painting in her native United States from the State University of New York. It was here she studied with abstract expressionist Joop Sanders, friend and apprentice of Willem de Kooning, and the founder of the American Abstract Expressionism group. The influence of her education can be seen in her abstract works, with her use of bold colour and intuitive style.
She continued her studies in textile design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, and earned her MA Fine Art at Middlesex University, London. She remains active with artist communities, exhibitions and associations in the United Kingdom, Europe and in the United States. Laura currently lives and works in London, is a GOLDEN Artist Educator and is Art Curator at Stephens House & Gardens, Finchley.
For Laura Fishman's 'Pour Paintings', she explores how gravity pulls highly viscous paint. The process takes hours to form and days to dry. She uses a bold, playful palette that can trickle off, through or be completely free from the support, adding a playfulness to her work as she questions the notion of painting. Balancing experience along with discovery and chance, tension lies in the controlled gesture. As the colours swirl and mingle, the movement creates designs evocative of the intricate patterns of nature.
Laura Fishman is a visionary. On her craft, she says..
"Since my early devotion to painting, I’ve been motivated by a love of nature and a fascination with paint as a material. My paintings feature colour, texture and movement. I use techniques that involve pouring paint, mimicking the dynamic patterns and flow in nature, reminiscent of minerals like marble and agate. I gravitate toward the abstract in art because it allows me the freedom to interpret the world I see through my own creative lens."
Stephens House & Gardens Residency
‘A Walk in the Park’ was the solo exhibition of Laura's collection semi-abstract landscape paintings as artist in residence at Stephens House & Gardens. These works were inspired by the extensive gardens that have been local to the artist for many years. As a result of her residency, Laura was appointed curator at Stephens House & Gardens and is responsible for artist residencies, exhbitions and workshops. At Stephens House & Gardens there is a constant wealth of inspiration and ideas that continue to feed into her creative spirit.
Solo Exhibition and Residency 'High Viscosity' at DegreeArt
During Laura Fishman's Solo Exhibition and Residency 'High Viscosity' at DegreeArt, she transformed the gallery space with paintings, installation, video and sculpture. The exhibition linked the various surfaces and features, both literally and figuratively, which created a dynamic relationship with the viewer. Emphasis was put on the work's physicality and materiality, and the process of allowing the materials to find their own form and the creative possibilities.
|Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year Competition, Heat 6||Sky Arts||Winner||2017|