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Laara Cassells
Medicine Hat, Albert, Canada

Medicine Hat College, Instructor

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My art practice is primarily devoted to representational paintings and commissioned portraits, although I also enjoy creating multi-media installations on a regular basis.     
"Neither Corley Nor Excalibur" is one in a series of 11 paintings called "e.strange".  I position the works in a contemporary context, focusing on the modern communication devices found worldwide but contrasting them with the "old world" origins of the equestrian portrait.  Each painting presents a different set of twinned portraits, subjects which are nonetheless separated by the young person's absorption in an unseen world, through cell phone and i-pod, as well as the horse's seeming unawareness of its human counterpart.  I wish to pose questions about the directions in which contemporary digital communications are taking us and if, indeed, communication is really improved.
My next series of 15 paintings continues this focus on communication devices but placed this time in an art historical context.


born: 1950, London, England


University of Calgary, MFA Theatre Design, 1985
Cranbrook Academy of Art, MFA Sculpture, 1982
Emily Carr College of Art, Diploma, 1980

selected awards/honors

Civic Award for Culture, City of Medicine Hat, 2011
Canada Council Grant, Alberta Creative Development Initiative, 2011
Finalist in the Figurative Category, Art Renewal Centre, 2011
Certificate of Excellence for outstanding achievement in Fine Art Portraiture, Canadian Portrait Soc, 2010

selected publications

International Contemporary Artists Vol II. NY, NY: ICA Publishing p.33, 2011
Ex Arte Equinus 4, 3rd place in Painting Category. Beaumont, TX: Art Horse Press p. 8, 2011
Who's Who in Canada. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Press, 2011

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Esplanade Art Gallery, "e.strange", Medicine Hat, Alberta, 2010

selected group shows

Buchanan Center for the Arts, 64 Arts 2011, Monmouth, IL, 2011
Raday Kepeshaz Gallery, Library Thoughts, Budapest, Hungary, 2011
Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Viewpoints, Newark, NJ, 2011
San Diego Art Institute, 51st International Award Exhibition, San Diego, CA, 2011



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