Laura Radwell

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Laura Radwell

About the Artist

Laura Radwell, a native New Yorker, is an artist and devoted collector of visual impressions who has lived in Northampton, Massachusetts since 1974. She attended schools in New York, Massachusetts, and France, studying language, literature and psychology. With little to no formal training, she found her own way in a variety of media including batik, sculpture, calligraphy, graphic design, and painting. In the early 1990s Radwell began focusing on (manual) photomontage. She continued this work digitally, deconstructing and recomposing elements of nature and the built environment. The work was composed of photographs she captured of nature, deteriorating surfaces(oxidized metal and chipped paint)and objects of interest (grimy factory windows, walls showing the effects of time, cracked cement, etc.). Blended and arranged on a virtual canvas, abstractions based on real world elements were created, challenging habitual ways of seeing.

In September of 2014, she took up her oils once again. At first, the work resembled landscapes executed decades earlier. But her style quickly evolved into a new mode of painting that was actually informed by the digital work she had been doing. What has now emerged is a way of painting landscapes that is more expressive, and one that produces more abstract studies in color, texture, and form. Though abstracted, the work conveys feelings and emotions that range from peace and acceptance to turmoil and yearning, depending on the vantage point of the viewer. Often the origin/context and inspiration for the work can be often be attributed to issues both political and personal that she finds deeply concerning.

Radwell has exhibited widely in the area, been accepted to juried shows, and won a First Place in the New Britain Museum of American Art’s Nor’Easter in October of 2020. She is represented by galleries in Lenox, MA and Newport, RI.

About Artist’s Work:

While the question inevitably arises “where does this work come from?,” the answer remains elusive. Radwell, struck by the mystery and beauty of nature, paints from the inside out, focusing on the atmosphere and space of imagined places. She most often approaches the canvas with a sense of adventure, eager to immerse herself in a journey whose destination is yet unknown. Inevitably, her creations take the form of landscapes that are more or less abstract. Something of which she is unaware seems to take over and guide choices of color, composition, strokes, layers of evocative texture, and the quirky marks she uses to punctuate and add a sense of time and and the unexpected. Her work is an act of improvisation, the result of the intertwining of memory, emotion and imagination, a meshing together of the invisible and visible landscape, somewhere in time and space where painter and viewer can wander.

Eva Lewis

Eva Lewis

Artist Bio

Eva Lewis is an artist, born in 1995 in Beaverton, Oregon, raised in Dayton, Ohio for 23 years, she currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts. studying painting as a Boston University MFA painting candidate of 2022. Inspired by her community, Lewis paints primarily women-identifying and non-binary peoples from the Midwest where she grew up. She uses oil paints to convey stories of color and tone. Lewis taught art for five years to K-12 students through a local non-profit art organization and found the influences from the space of the classroom and academia to be very important in how she approached her studies.

Artist Statement

The work explores what it means to be amongst a community, without the expectation or pressure that comes from being a woman. This is drawn from personal and societal expectations I feel have been set upon me and encouraged me to explore stories involving my friends and myself not acknowledging said pressures. Through this, I can create different open-ended scenarios happening around the forms that leave the viewer able to insert themselves into the event with their own experiences. The figures find themselves typically in an arcadian landscape or familiar interior experiences. I find these spaces and compositions to be influenced by baroque and renaissance works. Through these elements, I create the stories for viewers to step into and find themselves as a character within a utopia. Recently, I have been exploring how women-identifying and non-binary peoples hold space in the world around them through portraiture.

What does “Gaze” mean to you & how do you connect it to your work?

The past year I have been exploring what it means to be a female painting a female. So often I found myself influenced by baroque and renaissance depictions of women. Although these figures are shown with curves, and in some cases such as the Medici Cycle, women in a position of power, all of the works I was studying were created by men. The question of what it means for me to show myself and my friends in a real nakedness, physically, emotionally, and conceptually, became an exploration for me as a woman. I wanted to give these figures what I felt with them; a sense of contentment and acceptance that I feel those in this community only seldom feel in this society. Gaze to me means the way in which we admire what we are seeing. It has been twisted by the perpetual glare brought upon these people and I seek to reclaim my fondness of these bodies in the arts.