Laara Cassells is a contemporary Canadian artist who works in portraiture as well as conceptual realism. In her portraits she works figuratively in colour or black and white and paints portraits both human and equine. Her representational painting series “e.strange” and “_after” and the sculptural installation ”Body Politic” can be described as conceptual realism. Her style refers back to traditional art using recognizable imagery but with a wider conceptual emphasis, often making some kind of social commentary. Her themes, both in sculpture and painting, deal with feminine identity as well as interpersonal communication. Inspired by her personal experiences, Laara Cassells is able to transform the outward reality of a representational work to embrace broader social issues.
Since 2010 Laara Cassells’ award-winning work has been shown in over 40 exhibitions worldwide, while her painting exhibition “_after” is currently touring Canada.