Laura Nugent: Boundaries of Color

Show dates: July 1 – July 28
Artist talk with Marilyn Artus on June 30 from 5:30 to 7 :00pm
Hosted by Paul Polycarpou, Nashville Arts Magazine

Laura Nugent creates non-representational, painterly works featuring imperfect pattern and fresh color relationships. Her surfaces are constructed out of the history she has collected in my studio: wood or canvas covered with older abandoned works on paper and a plaster-like medium. She sands and scrapes with different tools to create a new texture. She paints with many layers of acrylic and finishes with a matte or gloss varnish. Upon close inspection you will see her wobbly, hand-painted lines and the drips of paint allowed to remain where they fell.

As she works over several months on each painting, her mind starts to assign the meaning of pattern and color to more narrative elements. They become aerial-view landscapes, tapestries, tributes to ordinary objects. She views her job as a painter as taking small moments and making them spectacular.

Painting is her lifelong pursuit. She began her formal training as a young teen, graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a degree in painting and has lived and worked as an artist all over the United States. She makes her home and studio now near Kansas City and travels widely to exhibit her work.