Our featured artist today Bonnie Laird! Bonnie is a painter based in Victoria, British Columbia. Her works take the form of deep, hazy figurative paintings that attempt to unravel and portray the complex emotions of the human experience.
I quite enjoy Bonnie’s stylistic approach to her somewhat philosophical conceptual leanings. Many of her portraits appear murky, as if the subject is clouded behind a veil, a thin wash of darker-coloured paint that makes the exact nature of the image just slightly more difficult for the viewer to decipher.
In our previous feature of Bonnie’s expressive, dark-toned paintings, we also looked at some of the artist’s floral works. This series is really eye-catching, with pops of deep red, pink and orange coming to the surface surrounded by dark, almost black negative space. The effect is incredibly dramatic and lends an almost mythological tone to the works. Some of these remind me a little of classical Vanitas paintings, raising simple objects to much more complex conceptual pieces.