About the Artist

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Who am I?  Laura Kaardal


What am I? I am a Canadian artist working primarily in acrylic paint on canvas.


Where am I? CHONGQING, China!


Why? I moved to Beijing in 2016 for my partner's job and to take the opportunity to further my education with a business management degree. In 2019 we moved to Chongqing in Southwest China.  


For how long? For about 2-3 more years, starting in 2019. I will continue to paint while I'm here but at the moment I am focussing on my studies.


Artist Biography

Laura Kaardal is a Canadian artist from Vancouver Island, Canada. She works primarily in acrylic paint on canvas in a simplified realistic style. She uses bright colours and crisp, clean lines to create vibrant street scenes of New York City, Paris, and Ottawa. She is primarily self-taught in drawing and painting techniques and holds a Visual Arts diploma from Camosun College in Victoria, B.C. 


Since pursuing a full time career as an artist, she has exhibited at numerous art festivals and shows, most notably, five years at The New Art Festival in the Glebe (previously "Art in the Park"), and four years at the Ottawa Art Expo. Solo exhibitions include "Ottawa Street Scenes" at The Shenkman Art Centre's Trinity Art Gallery in July 2015, and "Across the Intersection" at the Ottawa City Hall OAG Annex put on by The Ottawa Art Gallery Rentals and Sales from April to June 2016. 


In addition, she worked with UGallery, an online gallery of curated original artwork based in San Francisco, for over two years (2014-2016). She also did custom commissions in the form of personalized paintings and hand-drawn portraits for over 10 years. Most of her professional art activities have been put on hold since moving to China in 2016. 


Her work resides in numerous private collections across Canada and the United States.