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Laura Newbury - Art Profile
Laura finished schooling at Inverness Royal Academy, and was accepted for the 5-year Fine Art honours degree course at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art where she graduated in 1984.
The course is unique in offering extensive academic study and development of practical skill. It comprises a full art college degree programme and art history honours degree course, with a final Degree Exhibition. (All Laura's works were sold and are now with private art collectors.)
The course included study abroad, in Florence and Siena. These were to be the first of many opportunities to visit major art centres over the following years.
The Development Process
Having gained a postgraduate art teaching degree Laura went on to teach in primary and secondary schools.
Whilst continuing to develop her own style and to exhibit work, Laura also became interested in developing teaching techniques to heighten visual awareness and unlock the creative process, as well as producing programmes to introduce art history and art appreciation to students of all levels.
Laura is still engaged in further education: in 2003 she received two Awards of Excellence in Adult Teaching from the Scottish Adult Learning
The Japanese Influence
A visit to Japan in 1988 had influenced Laura in creating a new style. She developed a technique of painting in series (groups of paintings showing different aspects of the same subject), each series progressing from representational work to abstract. She also produced Japanese-style folding screens depicting garden, and landscape themes.
The British Influence
On returning from Japan, Laura exhibited and sold widely. She continued painting in series using Scottish garden and landscape themes, developing her own style with some large-scale works. She received a written commendation from Richard Demarco.
Other influences are the British artists Ivon Hitchens, Howard Hodgkin and Winifred Nicholson and the Scottish colourists, especially Peploe.
Today Laura is comfortable in both abstract and representational styles. She is currently working and teaching in Stirlingshire.
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