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Laura Quinn - Self Portrait

Laura Quinn Harris is a UK artist specialising in oil portraits of people and animals. Her work has been displayed in exhibitions across the UK and abroad, and she currently has a painting in the prestigious BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, London. She has been shortlisted for the Wildlife Artist of the Year and A&I Artists of the Year Awards and was a finalist in Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year. Her sitters have included Sir Ian McKellen, Richard Dawkins and Armando Iannucci. She was also commissioned by the Royal College of Music to paint Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, whose portrait now hangs in the Britten Theatre.

Laura gained a degree in Mathematics from University College London, followed by a degree in Scientific & Natural History Illustration from Blackpool and the Fylde School of Art and Design. Here she discovered a passion for producing highly detailed images of the natural world. She enjoys focusing her attention on all the little elements that make a face unique, and builds up many translucent layers of oil paint to achieve the detail in her paintings. She undertakes commissions from all over the world and each one can take up to several months to complete.

exhibitions

2017 Birds in Art, Woodson Museum, Wisconsin

2017 Face to Face, Cass Art, London

2017 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London

2017 Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Gordale, Wirral

2017 Women in Art, Burgh House, London

2017 DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, London

2017 RBSA Prize, RBSA Gallery, Birmingham

2017 The Swinley Group, Isherwood Gallery, Wigan

2017 Wigan Arts Festival, Old Courts, Wigan

2017 Artists & Illustrators Artists of the Year, Mall Galleries, London

2016 Artists & Illustrators Artists of the Year, Mall Galleries, London

2016 Face Value, Collyer Bristow, London

2016 DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries, London

2016 St Helens Open Art, World of Glass, St Helens

2015 Wildlife Art Exhibition, Mandala Gallery, Singapore

2015 St Helens Open Art, World of Glass, St Helens

2014 Portrait Artist of the Year Finalists, National Portrait Gallery, London

2013 National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Gordale, Wirral

2013 St Helens Open Art, World of Glass, St Helens

2012 National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Gordale, Wirral

2012 St Helens Open Art, World of Glass, St Helens

2011 National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Gordale, Wirral

2010 National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Gordale, Wirral

2009 Society of Wildlife Artists, Mall Galleries, London

2009 National Exhibition of Wildlife Art, Gordale, Wirral

2009 Marks of Nature, 5 Blenheim Crescent Gallery, London

awards & features

2017 RBSA People’s Choice Prize

2016 A&I Artists of the Year Art Academy Award

2016 St Helens Open Art Best Portrait Award

2015 Mandala Wildlife Art Exhibition Best Artist Award

2015 St Helens Open Art First Prize

2014 Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Finalist

2013 BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year Finalist

2010 BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year Finalist

publications

2015 How to Paint a Portrait

2014 A Little Book of Portraits: Beyond the Canvas