Laura Ross-Paul
Urban Forest
February 4 - March 15, 2014

Exhibition tour and discussion with the artists
Saturday, March 8th
11am

Laura Ross-Paul

Portland native Laura Ross-Paul returns to Froelick Gallery with her latest exhibit, titled Urban Forest. These paintings and monoprints, which are to be arranged in a large salon-style installation, draw much influence from the trees and plantlife of her surroundings. Working in a bold color palette in which she combines oil, wax and watercolor media, she paints reaching boughs in red and blue; dark, solid trunks surrounded by dense beds of white; hazy distances in pink and yellow; bursts of foliage in an array of greens.
Known as a largely figurative painter, Ross-Paul shifted her focus by thinking of trees as figures themselves- as “individual conifer and deciduous citizens”, inseparable from the life of her city. People are present in some works, many of them solitary in wooded surroundings. She considers the expressions someone might adopt while alone in the forest; their faces register serenity, awe, distraction, while others gaze into a mobile device, connected to something other than the beauty of their immediate environment.

Crest 1 Red Boot
60 x 40 inches
 
Crest 1 Wire City
28 x 30 inches
 
Crest 1 Guardians
24 x 24 inches
 
Babe in the Woods 1 Blue Eye
12 x 12 inches
 
Babe in the Woods 1 City Boy
12 x 12 inches
 
Babe in the Woods 1 Needles
12 x 12 inches
 
Babe in the Woods 1 Halo
12 x 12 inches
 
Babe in the Woods 1 Wired
12 x 12 inches
SOLD
 
Crest 1 Upturn
20 x 16 inches
SOLD
 
Crest 1 Downturn
20 x 16 inches
SOLD
 
Crest 1 Lines 1
28 x 20 inches
 
Crest 1 Pines
16 x 12 inches
SOLD
 
Crest 1 Pines 2
16 x 12 inches
 
Crest 1 Double Tree 1
16 x 12 inches
 
Crest 1 Double Tree 2
16 x 12 inches
 
TAF _17 TAF #17
16.5 x 10.5 inches
SOLD
 
TAF _17 TAF #13
16.5 x 10.5 inches
 
TAF _17 TAF #16
16.5 x 10.5 inches
 
TAF _17 Tree and Figure 1
16.5 x 10.5 inches
 
TAF _17 Tree and Figure 15
16.5 x 10.5 inches
 
TAF _17 Tree and Figure 11
16.5 x 10.5 inches
 
TAF _17 Tree and Figure 2
16.5 x 10.5 inches