Denise Laurent – 27th July to 28th August 2010

Denise Laurent – Cats, Dogs and Other Animals
27th July to 28th August 2010
P/view 28th July 7-9pm

An exhibition of rich, colourful paintings of animals, exploring the lives and personalities of our domestic animal friends and their wilder cousins.

“The inspiration for my paintings comes from the natural world. I’m strongly attracted to colour and light and I like to use rich, lush colour in my paintings. Colour is a wonderful tool to reflect emotion and mood. My paintings all come from an emotional response to my subject. I have a passion for animals and I love painting them. I enjoy trying to capture their personalities, that quirky essence that makes each one an individual. I am intrigued by the way they interact with the world, each animal has its own unique perspective on life which demands to be captured in paint.

Gloria Stook said “For the artist a cat is a still life in motion.” Never a truer word! My “still lives” are always in motion. I do what I can to capture their spirit, their sense of life and vitality. In all their many varieties they are an endless source of material to a painter.

Dogs are the embodiment of happiness, from the smallest to the largest, every dog has the skill of happiness. It’s that wonderful exuberance and love of life that makes painting dogs such fun. It’s a challenge to capture that sense of movement and dynamic energy on the canvas.

Animals in the environment allow me to explore my love of landscape, to create a colourful setting for my subjects to inhabit. From the deep colours of the shady forest pool to the lively, sunlit greens of the open meadow, nature provides a rich and vibrant tapestry of colour and texture, light and shade that is exciting to paint.

About The Exhibition
This new exhibition of colourful and affectionate paintings explores the lives of many animals, both domestic and wild, at home and in the landscape. As an artist who clearly loves animals, Denise Laurent’s work explores the unique personalities of her subjects with an intimacy and deftness of touch while filling her canvas with warmth and humour. Her style has made her a popular artist, exhibiting both in the UK and abroad. Many of her paintings are available as limited edition prints and cards.

Her work can be seen online at www.thepainteddog.couk, and “