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Laura Nugent

"My job as a painter is to take small moments and make them spectacular."

Nugent's non-representational, contemporary works employ traditions of Minimalism, Color Field Painting, Pattern Painting, and textile arts. Each work is an exploration of new color relationships that invites viewers to interpret both emotion and story. A lifelong artist, Nugent continues to be inspired by finding new materials on which to work and enthusiastically adopting the compositions that result.

Working with a loose idea of pattern and a limited color palette, Nugent creates works with insistent rhythm and restrained hues. Her method of layering paint, with both transparent washes and thick, dripping coats, creates depth and allows for accident. Her hand is apparent in each imperfect line that is painted, showing a tolerance for letting her materials speak without correction.

Nugent received her BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. While attending MICA, Nugent studied abroad at SACI in Florence, Italy. She has been a full-time artist since 2004 and travels widely to exhibit and sell her work in galleries and juried fine art fairs.

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Finely Fragile
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,680
Speculative Situation
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,600
An Inverse Edge
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,600
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Beyond Bounds: Envision, NermanMuseum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS, 2020
Plaza Art Fair, Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO, 2019
Not Everything Will Be Replaced, The Bunker Center for the Arts, Kansas City, MO, 2019
Winter Salon, Weinberger Fine Art, Kansas City, MO, 2019
Flat Files KC, H & R Block Artspace, Kansas City, 2018