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Brian LaSaga - Canadian Artist

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Brian LaSaga canadian artist

Brian LaSaga canadian artist

Brian LaSaga canadian artist

Brian LaSaga canadian artist

Media - Acrylics
Email - brianlasaga@gmail.com
Website - http://www.brianlasagarealism.com

BIOGRAPHY
Brian LaSaga was born in St.Teresa's, Newfoundland on November 1, 1955, and moved to St.George's, Newfoundland in 1965. Brian's journey as an artist began when he was very young. He has always been a very visual person and with no formal training, art is more instinctual, full of discovery and experimentation which has continued with him today. Being somewhat of a perfectionist, Brian has always remained faithful to his subjects, and his imagery. Although he has experimented with watercolors, gouache, egg tempera, and oils, the artist soon realized that acrylics suited his style and technique. Today he paints primarily with acrylics on masonite panel, and prefers acrylics because they dry faster, and this allows him to layer rather quickly. His work is greatly influenced by nature, and feels that he is just a student and instrument of nature. Brian's subjects often include rural settings, weathered textures, landscapes, seascapes, and sometimes he may incorporate figures or some form of wildlife into his work as an extension of nature. The artist prefers to paint familiar experiences and subjects indigenous to his area. An area that he feels is raw and sacred. The artist's main interest is in capturing the essence of his chosen subject.

Brian's studio is located in his hometown of St.George's, Newfoundland. The island of Newfoundland is Canada's most easterly destination and offers the artist a sanctuary for his work. It has many rugged coastlines,rivers, forests, wildlife, ponds and marshes. It has also been the inspiration for Brian's work for over 30 years. When not in his studio, he can be found hiking, kayaking or making field trips to gather material for his paintings. Many of his works hang in corporate, public and private collections in Canada, United States and Europe.

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

"Nature is my muse and inspiration simply because of her endless subject matter and surprises. This collaboration offers me something I never even thought of. Although I prefer to paint nature themes, weathered objects and rural settings, I'm open to other things that may catch my eye. As an artist, I feel that I'm just a work in progress, and there is always something to learn. Exploring and collecting material for paintings is always a great adventure for me. It's always a thrill to wonder what's around the bend or beyond that ridge. I like to create a sense of place that is somewhere but nowhere in particular. My goal is not to paint life, but to paint life into my work and create an emotional connection that I hope will inspire my viewers."

EXHIBITION HISTORY

1981 "Small Works" / Group / Atlantic Arts Ltd., St.John's, NL
1982 "West Coast Realism" / Two man show / Arts and Culture Centre, Stephenville, NL
1983 "Weathered Relics" / Solo / The Ewing Gallery, Corner Brook,NL
1984 "Coastlines" / group / The Ewing Gallery,Corner Brook,NL
1986 "Images Of A Realist" / Solo / The Duke Of Argyle Gallery, Halifax, NS
1988 "Days Of Yore" / Group / The Duke Of Argyle Gallery, Halifax, NS
1995 "Eastern Images" / Solo / Gallery On The Lake, Buckhorn, ON
1997 "Realism At It's Finest" / Solo / The Sheraton Inn, Fredericton, NB
2005 Public Showing / Solo / Kennebecasis Valley Public Library, Saint John, NB
2005 "Catching The Eye" / Solo / Imperial Theatre, Saint John, NB
2007 Toronto Art Expo / Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON
2009 "Constant Observer" / Solo / Christina Parker Gallery, St.John's, NL
2009 Toronto International Art Fair / Group / represented by Christina Parker Gallery
2009 "From The Studio III " / Group / Christina Parker Gallery, St.John's, NL
2010 "The Works" / Group / Christina Parker Gallery, St.John's, NL
2011 "Brono Capolongo Invitational Exhibition" / Group / Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, Hamilton, ON
2011 "Atlanticus" / Group / Inaugural Exhibition celebrating new gallery space / Christina Parker Gallery

AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS

1980 Arts And Letters Competition - Second Place / St.John's, NL, Canada
1988 Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery / Research Resources / Artists Files
1994 The Georgian Newspaper / In The Arts "Painting Stages"- Stephenville, NL, Canada
1994 CBC Radio Morning Show / Artist Interview
1995 The Artist's Magazine Competition / Honorable Mention / Cincinnati, OH, U.S.A.
1996 "First" Aboriginal Artists / Artist Profile Newfoundland and Labrador, St.John's, NL, Canada
2001 The Downhomer Magazine / "Super Realist"- St.John's, NL, Canada
2004 Saint John Weekend Newspaper / "Showcase" NL Artist- St.John, NB, Canada
2004 The Telegram/Backstage / "Painter Creates Lifelike Scenes"- St.John's, NL, Canada
2005 The Newfoundland Herald Magazine / Artist Profile - St.John's,NL, Canada
2006 The Newfoundland Herald / "It's All In The Details"- St.John's, NL, Canada
2007 Toronto Art Expo / Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario
2007 Centre For Distance Learning & Innovation / Art & Perception: Art Movements: Realism / St.John's, NL, Canada
2008 The Painter's Keys / Quotes
2008 The Painter's Key's / World Of Art Featured Premium Artist / "Forgotten Barn"
2008 The Painter's Keys / World Of Art Featured Premium Artist / "Winter Birch"
2009 Canadian Brushstroke Magazine "Hard Way To Make An Easy Living" / Leduc, Alberta, Canada
2009 The Telegram / Arts & Entertainment / "Real Meets Surreal" / St.John's, NL, Canada
2009 Natural Awakenings Magazine / Cover Art and Profile / Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A.
2009 Playcast Feature / "September Road"
2010 Kennedy Publishing "Best Of Worldwide Watermedia" Williamsburg, VA, U.S.A.
2010 Monograffi-What Is High Realism
2010 Informed Collector "Focal Point" Profile, San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
2010 Raymar Art Painting Competition / Finalist with painting "Winter Woodpile" - Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
2010 Raymar Art Painting Competition / Finalist with painting "Driftwood" - Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
2010 Bold Brush Painting Competition / Outstanding Acrylic - "Autumn Canopy" - San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
2010 Bold Brush Painting Competition / Outstanding Acrylic - "Red Squirrel and Stump" - San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
2010 Fine Art Views / Intricate detail bring captivating, realistic paintings to life - San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
2010 Ifontis 2009 International Juried Art Competition - 3rd Place - "Beach Bones" / Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A.
2010 Raymar Art Painting Competition / Finalist with painting "Corner Refuge" - Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
2010 Art Kudos International Juried Art Competition & Exhibition - Finalist with painting "Winter Woodpile"
2010 American Art Awards - Category 35 Realism Landscape - 1st place with painting "Winter Woodpile"
2010 American Art Awards - Category 36 Realism Landscape With Figures - 1st place with painting "Driftwood"
2010 American Art Awards - Category 40 Romanticism - 5th place with painting "Driftwood"
2010 Canadian Brushstroke Magazine "All About Light" Finalist with painting "Winter Woodpile / Leduc, Alberta, Canada
2010 Association of Cultural Industries Newfoundland & Labrador / Daily Spotlight
2010 Empty Easel Art Magazine / Featured Artist "Frost-Filled Landscapes" with painting "After The Blizzard" , Dallas, Texas
2011 International Artist Magazine "Landscapes" Competition / 1st place winner with painting "Driftwood" / Scottsdale, AZ, U.S.A.
2011 The Artist's Magazine All Media Online Competition / Honorable mention with painting "Wretched Breakwater" / Cincinnati, OH, U.S.A.
2011 International Art Scene Profile "Artists We Love"
2011 Empty Easel: Feature Artist: Superrealistic Paintings With A Simple Heartfelt Beauty
2011 Arabella Magazine / Summer Dreams issue 2011 Artist to collect "Life & Texture"
2011 Art Kudos International Juried Art Competition & Exhibition - Finalist "Facing The Elements"
2011 Raymarart Painting Competition / Finalist "Facing The Elements"
2011 Canadian Brushstroke Magazine Winner "All About Light" Competition - "Below The Hill"





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