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Laara WilliamSen,

International Professional Painter

CANADA

Telephone 1 604 385 0695

EMAIL: laara63@gmail.com

BIOGRAPHY

Laara WilliamSen is a Vancouver, Lower Mainland, British Columbia based visual artist. She grew up in the Lower Fraser Valley of B.C., graduated from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in 1988, and then moved to North Vancouver to continue her painting and to continue her exhibiting both locally and internationally.

Her painting career spans more than 35 years and she has had 91 solos and has participated in 136 group exhibitions. Laara WilliamSen’s paintings are held in private collections around the world.

She is a recipient of “The top ten international painters” award in the International Artitudes Competition curated by the Museum of Modern Art, Lynn Warren, curator, Chicago, U.S.A., The Fogg Art Museum, Judy Neiswander, Curator, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A. and The Guild Hall Museum, Helen Harrison, Curator, East Hampton, New York, U.S.A. The exhibition was held at Gallery 54, SoHo, New York, U.S.A.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I like to paint what I sense or feel such as the sound of a stream, the sparkles of light in the green world of nature or the city constructions with hard edges, electric sidewalks and some blazing red sounds.  Using a paddle and my fingers, I apply acrylic or oil paints onto the canvas. My intention is that viewers may experience a sense of recognition or create their own stories from my art works.

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SELECTED EDUCATION

1984 – 1988       EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY OF ART AND DESIGN, Full time, Interdisciplinary Major.  Diploma, Vancouver, B.C. Canada

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2020 

WILD THINGS  International group exhibition at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, U.S.A.

ART BOX PROJECTS  International group exhibition at the Swiss Art Expo 2020, Switzerland

ARTSY.COM International group exhibition online represented by Art Box Gallery, Switzerland

PALM ART AWARDS NOMINEE 2020  Juried international award, December 30, 2020

PEACE, Juried international group exhibition, Personaland online, U.S.A.

2019

WHAT CALLS THE HEART  Juried international group exhibition, MEGA ART, Rome, Italy

RETROSPECTIVE  Laara WilliamSen  Solo exhibition, Crescent Park 3rd Floor Gallery, Surrey, B.C. Canada

2018

INSPIRED BY THE CAMINO International group exhibition held at the Dezner Gallery to raise funds for Farmington Valley Arts Center, Nov 3 – 24, MI, U.S.A.

GALLERY ROSSO CINABRO  Juried group international exhibitions,  April and May: three exhibitions, Rome, Italy

OZU CULTURAL CENTER Attended artist residency to create new works.  While there I taught two classes of painting to the children at Monteleone School with permission of their school board!

THREE PATHS TO CREATIVITY International group exhibition, Ocean Park Library, South Surrey, B.C. Canada

ROMART 2017 Biennale International Di Arte E Cultura,” Dr. Michela Bertazzo, juried  Although juried into physical exhibition, I chose to exhibit online in December 2017 to January 2018, Rome, Italy

2017

NATURES TEXTURE Juried international exhibition, Still Point Art Gallery, Florida, U.S.A.

PEACE UNITES  Peace Project 2017 AND ALSO

“Peace Starts Here,” Peace Project 2014,

“Peace, Love and Understanding,” Peace Project 2013,

“Make Peace,” Peace Project 2012,

“Peace Rises,” Peace Project 2011, all fundraisers for Africa, juried into touring

Group international exhibitions, sponsored by The Whole 9  Gallery, Los Angeles,             U.S.A.

2017 continued

DIVERSIFIED ABSTRACTIONS Group exhibition, Ocean Park Library, South Surrey, B.C. Canada

CIRQUE DU SOIREE Juried group Art Auction, Event benefactor: Peace Arch Hospital Foundation – New Hospice Building, White Rock, B.C. Canada

2016

FROM THE HEART Solo exhibition, Pelican Rouge Café Gallery, Benefactor Peace Arch Hospital, South Surrey, B.C. Canada

STARS AND BEYOND Solo exhibition, Ocean Park Library Gallery, South Surrey, B.C. Canada

THE THREE MUSKETEERS Group exhibition, Good Day Sunshine gallery, South Surrey, B.C. Canada

PICNIC Ocean Park Library, group exhibition, South Surrey, B.C. Canada

 2015

MOMENTS IN NATURE   Laara WilliamSen Solo, Babes in the Woods Café Gallery, Galiano Island, B.C., Canada

ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONS  Art Exhibition and Interview online,  The Carl Benz Cloud University, Germany

AUTUMN Laara WilliamSen Solo, Original oil painting: permanent installation, CHAMPALIMAUD FOUNDATION, Lisbon, Portugal

RISE GALIANO group Auction through Green Beautiful Foundation, to support the Borneo Rainforest – event held at Babes in the Woods Café Gallery, Galiano Island, B.C. Canada

IN3 INTERNATIONAL MINIATURE COLLECTIVE  Juried group international exhibition, Artist representative for Canada, TVAA GALLERY, Plaza of the Americas, 700 Pearl Street, Dallas Texas, U.S.A

TWITTER ART  International group exhibition, For Home Start fundraiser, Moss, Norway  and 2013 “Twitter Art Exhibition,” fundraiser, International group exhibition in support of Street Youth, Exhale Gallery, 953 Chung King Road Los Angles, California, USA and 2012 “Twitter Art Exhibition,” fundraiser, International group exhibition fundraiser in support of The Women’s Shelter, Moss, Norway

2014

ROTARY ART AUCTION International group fundraiser sponsored by Art Cafe International, Tampa, St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.A.

VENDEL ART FESTIVAL Juried group exhibition, White Rock, B.C., Canada

PROJECT SMILES Group international exhibitions, coordinated by Marek Wysoczynski, Biuro Pronocji Kultury, Gdansk, Poland and also in the years 2013, 2012 and 2011

2013

SMALL ART WORKS  Laara WilliamSen Solo exhibition, Good Day Sunshine Café Gallery, South Surrey, B.C., Canada

OPEN STUDIO Solo exhibition,  Celebration of my completion of 20 paintings; The Elements: Earth, Fire, Air, Water while attending painting residence at                                Ozu Cultural Centre, Monteleone, Sabina, near Rome, Italy.

MEMORY  2nd Biannual Group International Art Exhibition. Richmond Art Gallery, 7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond, B.C. Canada

THE COLLAGE Art auction international at the University of Toronto, 560 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada  This was a group fundraiser for Dr. Kevin Kain’s malaria research and treatment in Uganda.

UNITED STATE OF  INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS  Juried international group exhibition, Olga Santos galeria, Praca da Republica No 168 frente, Porto, Portugal

2012

A CASA DE LAGE  Juried group international painting exhibition curated by Francisco Lacerda, graduate of Sotheby’s curator program, exhibit held at Pestana Place, Lisbon, Portugal

PASSAGES  Juried group international painting exhibition curated by Francisco Lacerda, graduate of Sotheby’s curator program, exhibit held at Hotel Cascais, Miragem, Portugal

LETTERS FOR FEMINISM Donation for International group exhibition at International Art Works, Edmonton, Alberta. Canada

2011

FROM SKY TO SEA  Laara WilliamSen Solo Juried, Small Rituals Gallery and Society, White Rock, B.C., Canada

DRAWING CONNECTION International group exhibition, held in permanent collection, Siena Art Institute, Paul Getty III Foundation, Siena, Italy

TIKKUN OLAM COLLABORATIVE GRID   Juried international group exhibition, Alta Contemporary Art & Industria Studios, Tucson, Arizona, USA

TREES FOR LIFE  International group fund raiser exhibition, “Out of the Blue Gallery,” 32-36 Dalmeny Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

SYMBIOSE juried international group exhibition, Zomer-Kunst festival, Breda De Stads Galerij, Oude Vest 34, Breda, Netherlands

FIBER FUSION INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATIVE MURAL   Juried group international exhibition, White Rock Museum and Archives, White Rock, B.C. Canada.

CELEBRITY AUCTION Juried group exhibition fundraiser for Semiahmoo Animal League Inc., Surrey, B.C., Canada

BROOKLYN ART LIBRARY Call for international art – Donated to the Permanent Collection, New York, NY, U.S.A.

MORGAN CROSSING  Group exhibition,” Surrey, B.C., Canada and in 2010

2010

THE ARMORY EXHIBITION  Group international, Pasadena, California, USA,

ARTISTS FOR FREEDOM Group international exhibition fundraiser to free children from slavery, Galileo Museum, Lennestadt, Germany                                                                         and a second group international exhibition at The Bensdorf Town Hall,                             Bensdorf, Germany

INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY ART   Group international exhibition and fundraiser for Chelsea College, London, United Kingdom

TWITTER ART & SOCIAL MEDIA  Juried international group exhibition,  at Diane Farris Gallery, West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C., Canada

SELECTED AWARDS

1989 Top ten international painting award, International Artitudes Competition juried by

Museum of Contemporary Art, Lynn Warren, Curator, Chicago, U.S.A.,

The Fogg Art Museum, Judy Neiswander, Curator, Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.A.,

The Guild Hall Museum, Helen Harrison, Curator, East Hampton, New York, U.S.A. Exhibition was held at Gallery 54, SoHo, New York, U.S.A.

1987 The B.C. Cultural Fund Senior Scholarship Award presented by Jack Shadbolt, Canadian – International painter and Arletta Stevens, Director of the B.C. Cultural Affairs, at Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver, B.C. Canada

1985 B.C. Cultural Fund Senior Scholarship Award presented by Thomas W. Kowall, Chairman, Scholarship Committee, Emily Carr College of Art and Design, Vancouver, B.C. Canada

Juror and Publication  2020 COLORS OF LIFE, Art Palette by Tanu  Season 1. I was requested as a third Juror for this INTERNATIONAL exhibition of 35 people’s art work and the exhibition held in India.  Published October 1, 2020, Banaras Times under Achievement, India.

Laara WilliamSen’s paintings are held in private collections around the world and she has many publications as well as many curating and fundraising experiences.  For the past ten years, she has donated countless works of art to charities.

Telephone 1 604 385 0695                Email laara63@gmail.com

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