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Laura Ana Maria Iosifescu

Laura Ana Maria Iosifescu

University Of East London (Fine Art (BA) , 2012)

               Laura Iosifescu has recently opened her own art gallery in Barking, London. She wanted a space that is individual and speaks the heart of the artist; a place where she can be found at all times. With successful shows and visits from the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and the Leader of Barking and Dagenham Borough Darren Rodwell her gallery seems to be one of the most colourful places in London to discover.

                Laura is known for her striking body of work which investigates the boundaries between painting, sculpture and performance.

                Laura I’s art goes beyond the canvas. She understands paint as more than a means of creating the image. For Laura I. paint is a medium unto itself; malleable, indulgent and to be sculpted in line with its free, playful spirit.

                 The intensive exploration of colour, its composition and effect, as well as an expressive painterly gesture, all characterize Laura's style. In this respect, the composition of her paintings, which is characterized by colour and texture generously spread over the surface, is particularly fascinating.

                  An initial way of approaching Laura's oeuvre is to consider the way in which it is created. A less apparent influence behind the work is the role that machines and tools play in the application of paint; they are fundamental to the production but remain hidden. The fantastical landscaped imagery of nature is thus also a disguised metaphor for the artificial landscape of the 21st century metropolis. City landscapes use mechanical tools to constantly shift and re-shape the urbanite’s perceptions of a “natural” environment. These hidden mechanisms have a profound effect on the cultural and social milieu of city living.

                  Even though her works are formulated in a mechanical way, she finds influence in other areas of life, such as spiritual, magical and mythological ideas. Laura is particularly interested in non-western ideas of totems and fetishes, and the more fluid line between physical life and the spiritual world, particularly as seen in some aspects of traditional African, Mexican and other indigenous cultures.

                  She develops work with the idea of giving it life force and the potential to communicate with the unseen world. This can be controversial as, even though her work is full of life, is visible and tactile, she is more interested in experiencing the world that is unseen. She believes that through pushing boundaries and creating natural 3D forms, she can capture the sense of holiness within the work. The forms depicted in this series are representative of the artist’s ongoing exploration of certain fetish materials.

                   She confesses: "There is something within myself that is so overpowering, something that makes me feel, and is past sciences' reasoning; my energy is my soul, and that is something I cannot control and is something way greater than me. It is that which I want to know about and explore.

                   When you look at my paintings, I want you to see not only what is visually in front of you, but to actually capture the magical soul within the painting. If you look hard enough, you will actually feel the living breath of the work and its heart. Imagine a painting that is alive; like the plants growing in your window or flowers blossoming in your garden. You witness their transformation and in that brief moment of witnessing you freeze time; establishing a moment of unspoken unity between subject and object; a moment where materiality and possibility are overcome by the imagination.”

                    The artist’s oeuvre, which deals with both abstraction and representation, is based on the history of a whole host of references from ancient Greece, classical Italy, old and modern masters, impressionists to contemporary art – the idea of perfection reaching human creative potential, the exploration of colours and feelings, and the use of imagery to express language and communication. While previous series have explored one or other of these avenues individually, the artist’s most recent works are an attempt to explore both simultaneously. At the same time, they can also be read as the materialization of far-reaching conceptual concerns – most notably the interdisciplinary tension that exists between sculpture, painting and performing, as well as the dialogue between the ideas and ideologies surrounding the three traditional modes of artistic expression.

                     Laura is also interested in the idea of an undefined abstract space: an idea that she feels has emerged through the tension of architectural and pictorial space, and the emergence of a new form of space created in the advent of digital technology. Laura has responded to this by creating high reliefs that are possessed of a specific physicality, one that addresses the more recognisable space of the object, but also the new space of the abstraction.

                    Laura's work has an ontologically performative element, in the sense that she creates paintings and “wearable” art with the intention of immersing her audience in the experience of the natural world. It is this relationship between her work and the audience’s first-hand experience that transforms the surface into organic being and gives the work meaning. Laura explores wearable art as a way of augmenting the viewer’s physical relationship to the landscape, and also of the artist to her work: nothing exceeds the limits of what can be created by the human hand.

 

100 × 130 × 6 cm
  • £6,500.00
100 × 127 × 6 cm
  • £6,300.00
100 × 130 × 6 cm
  • £13,000.00
100 × 130 × 6 cm
  • £13,000.00
110 × 76 × 7 cm
  • £5,100.00
65 × 86 × 5 cm
  • £3,600.00
100 × 120 × 6 cm
  • £12,800.00
102 × 76 × 5 cm
  • £4,000.00
100 × 150 × 6 cm
  • £14,000.00
  • £11,900.00
100 × 130 × 5 cm
  • £12,800.00

Exhibitions

Winter Pride Awards, Tobacco Dock and Lacey Contemporary Gallery,London,15th of November to 1st of Dec 2014 Art Gemini Prize, Trispace Gallery ,London 23rd Oct 2014-1st of Nov.2014 BE INSPIRED – Contemporary Art Auction in aid of The Prince’s Foundation for Children & the Arts. Work showcased alongside well know artists such as Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Gavin Turk, Idris Khan and Xavier Mascaro .Wednesday 1st October at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Master of Art International 2014, Great Yarmouth Racecourse, Norfolk, 22nd - September -27th September 2014 I Know What I Like ,Curious Duke Gallery, London,3-9 October 2014 'Injustice', London Legal Support Trust (LLST) and Arts for Justice (AJF) Exhibition,2014, At La Galleria, London ,28 September - 3rd October 2014 Shoosmiths Art Prize, Milton Keynes Hospital, March-Sept 2014 Artists in the Spotlight ,Pop Up Show with Exhibit Here and Moderna Art,7th of April 2014 Carte Blanche Exhibition,G. Gallery and gallery L'Autre Maison,Paris 75015 ,5th of December 2013 Annual Open, CGP London, Southwark Park, London, 13 November – 1 December 2013 In Art We Trust “Exhibition, The Bull Theatre,Barnet,London,14th of July 2013 Pintar Rapido Exhibition, Chelsea Old Town Hall,London,14th of July 2013 Eco-Fair, Debut Contemporary Gallery and Fashion ComPassion, 19th of June, 2013. The Cultivate Summer Flower Show ,Cultivate Gallery, Vyner Street, 6th of June, London,2012 V.I.P. Private View Exhibition, Debut Contemporary Gallery, the 5th of June , 2013, Notting Hill, London V.I.P. Private View Exhibition, Debut Contemporary Gallery, the 1st of May , 2013, Notting Hill, London Affordable Art Fair, Bristol, Degree Art Gallery,25th April -28th April 2013 V.I.P. Private View Exhibition, Debut Contemporary Gallery, the 6th of February, 2013, Notting Hill, London. Festive Private View Exhibition, Debut Contemporary Gallery, the 5th of December,2012, Notting Hill, London. V.I.P. November Exhibition, Debut Contemporary Gallery, the 7th of November,2012, Notting Hill, London. V.I.P. Exhibition, Debut Contemporary Gallery, 5th of October 2012, Notting Hill, London. The Paradisium Exhibition, RichMix Arts and Culture Centre, London, Bethnal Green,18th September 2012 Stylish September Exhibition, Debut Contemporary Gallery, 5th of September 2012, Notting Hill, London. T4C-Thank you for Creating,16th August 2012- 06th September 2012,The Arch Gallery, London  “THE ART HAS NO BORDERS” – “A ARTE NÃO TEM FRONTEIRAS” Porto, PORTUGAL, August 2012. Summer Salon 2012,Friday 20th July – Friday 10th August, Islington Arts Factory, London Beep. Wales' International Painting Prize -Through Tomorrow's Eyes, 20th July2012-11 of August, Volcano Theatre, Swansea, Wales. STANDPOINT:  Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport Harbour, Isle of Wight, PO30 5BD, June 2012. “It is Green” Exhibition, Cultivate Gallery, Vyner Street, 1st of March, London,2012 The Peace Project Exhibition, Gallery 9, Los Angeles, CA, October 22nd ,2011 Parallax Art Fair, La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London, July 1st - 10th 2011. Barnet Open Art exhibition, Gallery 89, High Barnet, Herts, EN5 4AZ, London, 9th of June 2011. Showcase Exhibition, RichMix Arts & Culture Centre, London, 25th of May 2011. Open House Exhibition, The Rag Factory, 16 Heneage Street,off Brick Lane,London,14th April, 2011. Full Circle Exhibition, The Crocus Gallery, Nottingham,3 Feb.2011. 100 Sqft Launch Exhibitions, London, 27 November, 2010. Arts After Dark Exhibition in collaboration with 100sqft Exhibition, Oct- 2010, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. 100 Sqft Exihibition, London, 1 August 2010. First Year Final Show at AVA Gallery, London. ArtWorks Open 2010 Exhibition, Blackhorse Lane Studios, May 29th 2010. Trinity Buoy Warf Gallery, April 2010,London First Year Show- AVA Gallery, 2009,London

Awards

Winner of Bronze Award at the Master of Art International 2014

The Threadneedle Prize

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