Artist Statement

In this hectic, fast-paced world, I search for simple moments of peace. I am infinitely intrigued by the idea of being away from it all, lost in a place of hopeful tranquility. For this reason, I am inspired to paint surreal skies viewed at higher elevations. I envision the viewer in a more peaceful dreamlike setting, away from worries and anxieties to a landscape of brilliance and promise. My paintings are places of my imagination. I find my work the most honest and authentic when I create from a feeling or an image in my mind’s eye.

Many of my paintings contain building thunderheads viewed at higher atmospheric levels, surreal and fortress-like. My work embodies the concept of “castles in the sky,” or striving toward the impossible. The clouds have sharp edges similar to the harsh exteriors of castles, yet they still evoke a certain cloudy softness and luminescence. I’m captivated by the idea of attempting the impossible because I believe anything is truly possible. It is through my paintings I wish to pass on to the viewer a moment of endless hope and serenity.

 

New Body of Work: Cloud Abstraction Series

This series of paintings isolates the shapes found in building thunderheads onto a solid background. The clouds appear strong and solid, yet they are simply water vapor. It is my hope that the viewer becomes lost in the intricate details of the clouds and is transported to a meditative and peaceful place.

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Rêvasserie de l’aqua

Oil on canvas. 30 x 58.         ©Laura Guese.

Crépuscule Lavande

Oil on canvas. 16 x 16.         ©Laura Guese.

Ciel de Champagne

Oil on canvas. 44 x 50.         ©Laura Guese.

Cloud Château

Oil on canvas. 30 x 58.         ©Laura Guese.

Crépuscule Impossible

Oil on canvas. 38 x 56.         ©Laura Guese.

Dans le Crépuscule

Oil on canvas. 18 x 18.         ©Laura Guese.

Castles in the Sky Series

This series of paintings contains building thunderheads viewed at higher atmospheric levels, surreal and fortress-like. My work embodies the concept of “castles in the sky,” or striving toward the impossible. The clouds have sharp edges similar to the harsh exteriors of castles, yet they still evoke a certain cloudy softness and luminescence. I’m captivated by the idea of attempting the impossible because I believe anything is truly possible. It is through my paintings I wish to pass on to the viewer a moment of endless hope and serenity.

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Wyoming Gloaming

Oil on canvas. 56 x 78.         ©Laura Guese.

Journey’s Promise 5:32 AM

Oil and oil bar on canvas, 56 x 78. ©Laura Guese.

Cumulonimbus Luminescence

Oil on canvas. 64 x 64.         ©Laura Guese.

Thunderhead Fortress

Oil on watercolor paper, 22 x 40. ©Laura Guese.

Satellite Luminescence

Oil on watercolor paper, 20 x 40. ©Laura Guese.

Reaching for the Moon

Oil on watercolor paper, 22 x 30. ©Laura Guese.

Castles in the Sky

Oil on watercolor paper, 22 x 30. ©Laura Guese.

40,000 ft Fortress

Oil on panel, 12 x 12.           ©Laura Guese

Enchanted Break

Oil on canvas, 56 x 56.         ©Laura Guese.

Western Luminosity Series

This series of paintings reflects the fleeting atmospheric conditions as the sun rises or as it sets in the West. I am captivated by the few seconds when the sky becomes full of infinite color and energy. The sky is an impermanent, universal landscape, which I find extremely appealing. In my work, I am passionate about creating these passing moments in a more lasting and emotional manner.

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Cumulonimbus Glow

Oil on canvas. 18 x 18.         ©Laura Guese.

Building Clouds, Amber Light

Oil on canvas. 18 x 18.         ©Laura Guese.

Gloaming Thunderhead

Oil on canvas. 30 x 60.         ©Laura Guese.

Other Side

Oil and oilbar on canvas, 56 x 78. ©Laura Guese.

Mid-Flight Moguls

Oil and oilbar on canvas, 66 x 72. ©Laura Guese.

Both Sides Now

Oil and oilbar on canvas, 56 x 78. ©Laura Guese.

Sedimentary Sky

Oil and oil bar on canvas, 56 x 64. ©Laura Guese.

Migratory Sky

Oil and oilbar on canvas, 66 x 108. ©Laura Guese.

North Atlantic Interchange

Oil and oilbar on canvas, 52 x 44. ©Laura Guese.

Golden Chalice

Oil and oilbar on canvas, 56 x 78. ©Laura Guese.

Golden Crucible

Oil and oilbar on canvas, 52 x 44. ©Laura Guese.

First Storm, Fall Equinox

Oil and oilbar on canvas, 52 x 44. ©Laura Guese.

Pre-Dawn Sail, Outer Banks

Oil and oilbar on canvas, 52 x 44. ©Laura Guese.

Stalactite Sky

Oil and oil bar on canvas, 52 x 44. ©Laura Guese.

Evening Embers

Oil on canvas, 50 x 44.         ©Laura Guese.

About

Biography

Laura Guese is best known for her large-scale atmospheric paintings that reflect the emotional, therapeutic qualities of the sky. She has exhibited throughout the United States in solo and group exhibitions. Laura’s work can be found in public collections that include Parker Adventist Hospital in Parker, Colorado, Children’s Hospital in Aurora, Colorado, National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado, Oakbend Medical Center in Richmond, Texas, Northwestern Mutual in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Hilton Hotels.

Laura was awarded artist residencies with the Ucross Foundation of Clearmont, Wyoming, Jentel Artist Residency Program of Banner, Wyoming, and Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, Wyoming. Most recently, Laura was awarded a residency with Centre d’art CAMAC in Marnay-sur-seine, France, with a grant from the Foundation Ténot.

She has spent time painting in France, the Lesser Antilles, Mexico, North Carolina and the western United States. She received a B.A. in Studio Art and a B.A. in French from Saint Mary’s College of California. Laura was born in Denver, Colorado, where she currently lives and works.

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Solo Exhibitions
    2014

  • Featured Artist: Laura Guese, Alliance Française Gallery, Denver, CO
    2013

  • Featured Artist: Laura Guese, The Fine Art and Frame Company, Ft. Collins, CO
    2012

  • Featured Artist: Laura Guese, The Fine Art and Frame Company, Ft. Collins, CO
    2011

  • Featured Artist: Laura Guese, The Fine Art and Frame Company, Ft. Collins, CO
    2009

  • Western Luminosity, Viridian Artists Inc. New York, NY
  • New Works, Framed Image Gallery, Denver, CO
    2008

  • Laura Guese, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO
    2006

  • Featured Artist, Laura Guese, Stoneheart Gallery, Evergreen, CO
Two Person Exhibitions
    2010

  • Color: Laura Guese and Jim Peterson, Lakewood Cultural Center, Lakewood, CO
    2009

  • Laura Guese and Jeanne Hatherley, Earthwood Gallery, Boulder, CO
    2008

  • Laura Guese and Conor O’Donnell, Reserve List, Denver, CO
  • Sky Visions: Two Visions of the West, Laura Guese and Jim Peterson, Space Gallery, Denver, CO
  • Laura Guese and Kathi Dougherty, Indigo Gallery, Ft. Collins, CO
Selected Group Exhibitions
    2014

  • Saint Mary’s College of California Juried Art Alumni Exhibition, Gallery 160, Moraga, CA
  • The Fine Art and Frame Company, Ft. Collins, CO
    2013

  • RiNo Arts District Annual Open Studio Tour, Dry Ice Factory, Denver, CO
  • Muse Fine Art Gallery, Denver, CO
  • The Fine Art and Frame Company, Ft. Collins, CO
    2012

  • Open Studio, Artist in Residence, CAMAC, Marnay-sur-seine, France
  • Muse Fine Art Gallery, Denver, CO
  • 140 Characters: Twitter Art Exhibit, Moss Bibliotek, Moss, Norway
  • RiNo Arts District Annual Open Studio Tour, Dry Ice Factory, Denver, CO
  • Stoneheart Gallery, Evergreen, CO
  • The Fine Art and Frame Company, Ft. Collins, CO
    2011

  • Band of Artists, Republic Plaza, Denver, CO
  • 140 Characters, Twitter Art Exhibit, Moss Bibliotek, Moss, Norway
  • RiNo Arts District Annual Open Studio Tour, Dry Ice Factory, Denver, CO
  • Indigo Gallery, Ft. Collins, CO
  • Stoneheart Gallery, Evergreen, CO
    2010

  • Micro Whitney Counterweight 100 Artists in Mail Art Show, H215 Gallery, New York, NY
  • Indigo Gallery, Ft. Collins, CO
  • Stoneheart Gallery, Evergreen, CO
    2009

  • Viridian Artists, Schacknow Museum of Fine Art, Plantation, FL
  • Stoneheart Gallery, Evergreen, CO
  • Indigo Gallery, Ft. Collins, CO
    2008

  • All the Best, Viridian Artists Inc. New York, NY
  • Local Artists, Indigo Gallery, Ft. Collins, CO
  • Viridian Artists, Manhattanville College Art Gallery, Purchase, NY
  • Stoneheart Gallery, Evergreen, CO
  • Open Studio, Space Gallery, Denver, CO
    2007

  • Viridian Artists 40th Anniversary Celebration, Viridian Artists Inc. New York, NY
  • Open Studio, Space Gallery, Denver, CO
  • October Exhibition, Studio 6 Gallery, Denver, CO
  • New Art For New Collectors, Viridian Artists Inc., New York, NY
  • Paint, Shoot, Sculpt Evergreen, Stoneheart Gallery, Evergreen, CO
  • With a Little Help From My Friends, Gallery 821, Denver, CO
  • Dynamis Art, Santa Fe, NM
  • Stoneheart Gallery, Evergreen, CO
  • Indigo Gallery, Ft. Collins, CO
  • New Gallery Artists, Viridian Artists Inc., New York, NY
  • Dynamic Spaces, Dynamic Light, Co-Art Gallery, Denver, CO
    2006

  • Stoneheart Gallery, Evergreen, CO
    2005

  • Feng Shui Fine Arts Collection, Los Angeles, CA
  • Now and Then Hearst Art Gallery, Moraga, CA
  • Gallery 160, Moraga, CA
Awards & Residencies
  • Artist in Residence, Centre d’art CAMAC, Marnay-sur-seine, France. September 2012
  • Artist in Residence, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Saratoga, WY. February 2012
  • Artist in Residence, Jentel Foundation, Banner WY. January-February 2008
  • Artist in Residence, Ucross Foundation, Clearmont, WY. July-August 2007
  • The Purchase Award, Hearst Art Gallery, Moraga, CA, 2005.
Charity Auctions
  • Cherish the Children Gala, Auction for Beacon Center, Denver, CO, 2008.
  • Colorado Bands Together, Auction for Volunteers of America, Denver, CO 2007.
  • Rocky Mountain PBS Art Auction, Denver, CO 2007
  • The Mask Project. Sponsored by Hospice of Denver, CO 2006.
Selected Public and Corporate Collections
  • Children’s Hospital, Aurora, CO
  • Cogdell Spencer / Marshall Erdman & Associates Inc., Madison, WI
  • Faegre and Benson, Denver, CO
  • Fort Collins Athletic Club, Fort Collins, CO
  • Greenway Plaza, Dallas, TX
  • Hilton Hotels Inc., Laramie, WY
  • Home Health Care Professionals Inc., Englewood, CO
  • The Milestone Group, Denver, CO
  • National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, CO
  • Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, WI
  • Oakbend Medical Center, Richmond, TX
  • Parker Adventist Hospital, Parker, CO
  • Polsinelli Shughart PC, Denver, CO
  • Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga, CA
  • Style Magazine, Ft. Collins, CO
Private Collections
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Texas
  • Virginia
Bibliography
  • “Laura Guese,” Denver Centric Magazine, December 2012 / January 2013.
  • Contents of Her Purse, Dir. Prod. Coleen Hubbard. Perf. Laura Guese. Roundtable Media, 2010.
  • “Western Luminosity,” Mrkate.com, October 9, 2009
  • “Laura Guese’s Magnificent Clouds,” Shaunaleelange.com, May 9, 2009
  • “Jentel Presents,” 930 KROE, Sheridan WY, Radio Interview, February 3, 2008
  • “Jentel Presents at Davis Gallery,” The Sheridan Press, January 25, 2008
  • “New Downtown Stoneheart Gallery Warms Artistic Heart,” Canyon Courier, April 2006.
  • “Gallery Energizes Evergreen,” Mountain Connection, April 2006.
  • “Out & About,” Contra Costa Times, May 2005.
Lectures
  • “Brush Creek Presents,” Encampment, WY, February 2012
  • “Jentel Presents at Davis Gallery,” Davis Gallery, Sheridan, WY, February 2008
  • Guest Artist Judge, Colorado National Public Radio Denver, CO, 2006
Education
  • B.A. Studio Art, Saint Mary’s College of California, 2005.
  • B.A. French, Saint Mary’s College of California, 2005

 

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Cumulonimbus Luminescence. Oil on canvas, 64 x 64.

Cumulonimbus Luminescence. Oil on canvas, 64 x 64. ©Laura Guese.

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Phone: 303.587.8133

Mail: Dry Ice Factory Studios
3300 Walnut Street, Studio 213
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