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Artist Statement 

Lael Har's inspiration from nature and the study of healing arts transforms into vibrant texture and color. The impasto application of acrylic paint creates movement and a sculptural effect in her work. She often paints wet on wet with big brushes, pallet knives, and spatulas allowing the viewer to experience the energy of every stroke applied. 

Lael's process of painting is intuitive and guided by the moment to moment aliveness experienced in the dance of creating. She delights in the unfolding of the creative process that brings embodiment and present awareness into being. In Lael's paintings inner and outer landscapes transform into brilliant contemporary canvases. 

 

Lael Har Bio

Lael Har is a prolific painter, full-time artist, teacher, healer, and mother of two. She began painting as a young girl, eagerly learning oils, acrylics, watercolor, and life drawing from accomplished art instructors.  In high school she began commissioning art work and was employed to paint interior and theatrical murals. With a scholarship she participated at The College of Design at Iowa State University for a summer art program. After graduating from M.U.M University with a BFA she moved to Boulder to begin a career as a graphic designer. Lael entered the art trade as a professional, inspired by meeting her mentor Dvora Kanegis and spending the next 4 years studying acrylics and the business of art. In 2009 Lael took charge of the studio now named Lael Gallery & Studios and more recently has grown the studio into an artist community. Lael has participated in OpenStudios, art festivals, gallery, and museum shows for the past 11 years.

Part of the joy of sharing her talents is teaching painting workshops and inspiring others to find their creative voice through art. Lael continue to use teaching, her world travels, her study of the healing arts and the rich outdoors of Colorado and the West to inspire a huge collection of work. Using big brushes and lots of vivid acrylic color she creates movement and joy on the canvas. Juicy & expressive, spacious & alive, inviting the viewer to step into the painting. Her award winning paintings are collected nationally and displayed in local galleries.

 

Professional Artist CV

Sole Proprietorship at LaelDesigns.com, Lael Gallery & Studios                                  2006-2016

Inaugural collaboration of art center and teaching community at Lael Gallery & Studios       2014

Galleries, Exhibitions, and Collectors 2003 - 2016

  • Commissioned works hang in homes throughout the country and front range.  2003 - 2016
  • Rembrandt Yard: Art Gallery & Event Center, Boulder CO                                               2015
  • Twitter offices, Boulder                                                                                                  2014
  • "High Water Mark: After the Flood" at First Congregational Church                              2015
  • Boulder Open Studios Artist Tour,                                                                   2006 - 2016
  • Macky Auditorium Gallery, University of Colorado Boulder                                          2011
  • Open Arts Art Fest, Pearl Street, Boulder,                                                        2010 - 2012
  • National Center for Atmospheric Research show, Boulder,                                2009, 2011
  • Lael's Student Art show, Lael Gallery & Studios                                               2008 - 2014
  • Summer Art Market, Art Students League of Denver                                         2007, 2012
  • Boulder JCC, Boulder                                                                                         2005, 2009
  • 29th Street Mall Art Fair, Boulder                                                                    2008 - 2009
  • Lael Gallery & Studios Grand Opening                                                                        2008
  • Dearborn Rieder Gallery, Pearl Street, Boulder, CO                                                     2004
  • "The American Cowboy", Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Grand Junction, CO
  • Third Annual Juried Exhibition, Colorado Jewish Artists Guild, Habitat Gallery, Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO
  • "Tango and Other Stories", A Spice of Life Event Center, Boulder                               2006
  • "Art and Tango Exhibition", A Spice of Life Event Center, Boulder                              2009
  • Boulder Arts & Crafts Co-op Gallery, Pearl Street
  • Longmont Art Walk, Longmont
  • "Light and Color", Boulderado Hotel, Boulder
  • Art Center of Estes Park's "9th Annual Lines into Shapes National Juried Show and Sale"
  • Third Annual Colorado Emerging Artist Exhibition, Foster Gallery, Denver
  • Denver Colorado Jewish Artists Guild, Canaan Gallery, Littleton
  • "Spirituality", First Unitarian Church, Denver
  • Sunday Salon Series, Boulder