Laura Kaardal

Laura Kaardal

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Laura Kaardal is an emerging artist from Vancouver Island, British Columbia who is primarily self-taught in drawing and painting techniques, and holds a diploma in visual arts.

With a background in drawing custom ultra-realistic pencil portraits, Laura applies a certain amount of realism to her acrylic paintings and pencil crayon drawings to draw the viewer in. She combines this realism with saturated colours and a simplified style to create vibrant, engaging street scenes primarily of New York and Paris. Having grown up in a small town, she is inspired by the energy and personality of big cities and the many people inhabiting them. These paintings are, in a way, portraits of the cities themselves.

Another aspect of realism in her work comes from working from reference photos that are taken spontaneously. The photos are snapshots, without a premeditated composition. This spontaneity makes for interesting paintings, capturing people in the middle of conversations, looking over their shoulders, or just walking by. She includes many details so the viewer can study a person’s face, glance up at a street sign or window, or wonder what is around the corner.

Laura now lives in Ottawa, Ontario. Her work resides in numerous private collections.

French Brasserie, Paris II
French Brasserie, Paris II
  • 30 x 24 x 1.5 in
Fleuretis, Paris (Sketch III)
Fleuretis, Paris (Sketch III)
  • 14 x 11 in
42nd and 6th, NYC
42nd and 6th, NYC
  • 20 x 16 x 1.5 in
The Coffee Shop, NYC
The Coffee Shop, NYC
  • 36 x 48 x 1.5 in
Windows, New York II
Windows, New York II
Windows, New York II
Windows, New York II
  • 12 x 9 x 0.75 in
Yellow Cab on Bowery, NYC
Yellow Cab on Bowery, NYC
  • 24 x 30 x 1.5 in
Le Café Metro, Paris
Le Café Metro, Paris
  • 30 x 36 x 1.5 in
Place Charles de Gaulle, Paris
Place Charles de Gaulle, Paris
  • 30 x 36 x 1.5 in
Hanover Square, NYC
Hanover Square, NYC
  • 14 x 11 x 1 in
La Rosace, Paris (Sketch II)
La Rosace, Paris (Sketch II)
  • 10 x 8 in
Bedford and Grove, NYC (Sketch I)
Bedford and Grove, NYC (Sketch I)
  • 10 x 8 in
Magnolia on Bleecker, NYC
Magnolia on Bleecker, NYC
  • 32 x 40 x 1.5 in
Madison Ave at E25, NYC
Madison Ave at E25, NYC
  • 30 x 24 x 0.75 in
New York Windows I
New York Windows I
  • 12 x 10 x 0.75 in
Bedford Street
Bedford Street
  • 32 x 40 x 1.5 in
Bedford and Grove, NYC
Bedford and Grove, NYC
  • 26 x 20 x 0.75 in
Windows, Paris III
Windows, Paris III
  • 12 x 9 x 1 in
Columbus Avenue Windows, NYC
Columbus Avenue Windows, NYC
  • 30 x 24 x 1.5 in
A Walk in Central Park, NYC
A Walk in Central Park, NYC
  • 36 x 24 x 1.5 in
Le Pere Claude II, Paris
Le Pere Claude II, Paris
  • 30 x 24 x 1.5 in
Windows, Paris 5 (Café)
Windows, Paris 5 (Café)
  • 10 x 8 in
Windows, Paris 4
Windows, Paris 4
  • 12 x 24 x 1.5 in
Central Park W at W75th, NYC
Central Park W at W75th, NYC
  • 12 x 9 x 1 in
Windows, Paris II
Windows, Paris II
  • 10 x 8 x 1 in