About


Laara Cassells is a contemporary Canadian painter best known for her representational paintings and portraits both human and equine. Since 2010 her award-winning work has been shown in over 40 exhibitions worldwide.

Previously a professional theatre designer, Laara Cassells has designed sets and costumes for theatre, ballet, opera and film for numerous companies across Canada and Europe.

Focussing exclusively on fine art for the past 25 years, Laara has exhibited paintings, drawings and sculptures in Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Italy, South Korea, Poland, Switzerland and across the USA and Canada.  Her work was selected for Nordart 2013 in Germany as the sole representative for Canada.

Her work resides in public and private collections in Belgium, Germany, Hungary, South Korea and Canada, including the Jeonju Historical Museum, Jeonju, South Korea; City Hall, Balatonfured, Hungary; The Esplanade Permanent Collection, Medicine Hat, Alberta; Medicine Hat College; the School of Veterinary Medicine, Calgary, Alberta; The University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

Laara Cassells painting

EXHIBITIONS

“after” Open Art Milano Associazione, Milan, Italy – Solo, 2017
“Miracle of the Portrait, 2016” Portrait Society of Canada, Toronto, Ontario – Group, 2016
“Con Corso Buenos Aires 8”* Open Art Milano Associazione, Milan, Italy – Group, 2016
“1st Annual All Members International Online Exhib.” Internat. Soc. of Acrylic Painters, Pasa Robles, CA – Group, 2016
“after” Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ontario – Solo, 2016
“after” Gallery Stratford, Stratford, Ontario – Solo, 2015
“after” Gallery@501, Sherwood Park, Alberta – Solo, 2015
“after” Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta – Solo, 2015
“Fall Juried International Exhibition” National Oil and Acrylic Painters Soc. Online – Group, 2014
“Contemporary Portrait 2014” Portrait Society of Canada – Group, 2014
“As Human As…” Galerie Carré Dore, Monaco – Group 2014
“Professional Summer Series 2” Adirondack Lakes Center For the Arts, Blue Mountain Lake, NY – Solo, 2014
“Spring Juried International Exhibition” National Oil and Acrylic Painters Soc. Online – Group, 2014
“ReLocation” Dept. of Visual Communications, Centennial Hall, Medicine Hat, AB – Group, 2014
“Past, Present, Future” Linus Galleries, Los Angeles, CA – Group, 2013
“Strokes of Genius” Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis, MD – Group 2013
“Fall Annual Juried Exhibition 2013” National Oil and Acrylic Painters’ Soc., online – Group, 2013
“85th Grand National Exhibition” American Artists Professional League, NY, NY – Group, 2013
“Scottsdale Biennale” Wee Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ – Group, 2013
“Journeys” California Art League, San Fernando, CA – Group, 2013
“16th Annual Open International Exhibition” International Soc. of Acrylic Painters, The Showroom Gallery, Paso Robles, CA – Group, 2013
“Online Open International Exhibition” National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Soc. – Group, 2013
“Portraits V, 2013” MyArtContest.com, Artist Portfolio Magazine – Group, 2013
“NordArt 2013” Kunstwerk Carlshutte, Budelsdorf, Germany – Group, 2013
“Faculty Show” Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB – Group, 2013
“Miracle of the Portrait, 2012” Portrait Society of Canada, Toronto, Ontario – Group, 2012
“America: Now and Here” America: Now and Here Project, Curator: Eric Fischl – Group, 2012
“84th Grand National Exhibition” American Artists Professional League, NY, NY – Group, 2012
“4th Annual National Figurative Painting and Drawing Competition” Lore Degenstein Gallery, Susquehanna University, Selinsgrove, PA – Group, 2012
“64 Arts 2012 National Juried Exhibition” Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL – Group, 2012
“4th Annual International Online Show” International Society of Acrylic Painters, online – Group, 2012
“Part & Parcel: The Deconstruction of the Female Form in Contemporary Art.” Arts Guild of New Jersey, Rahway, NJ – Group, 2012
“International 2010/2011 ARC Salon” Art Renewal Center, Port Reading, NJ – Group, 2011
“Faculty Show” Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta – Group, 2011
“64 Arts 2011 National Juried Exhibition” Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL – Group, 2011
“The Art of Canadian Music” John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto, Ontario – Group, 2011
“51st International Award Exhibition” San Diego Art Institute, San Diego, CA – Group, 2011
“Library Thoughts” Raday Konyveshaz & Gallery, Budapest, Hungary – Group, 2011
“Mask / Masque” Cultural Centre Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB – Group 2011
“Animal Art Exhibition” Infinity Art Gallery, online – Group 2011
“Viewpoints” Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ – Group, 2011
“Ex Arte Equinus 4” International Competition 3rd Place, Art Horse Magazine, Mar. 2011
“Miracle of the Portrait” Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement, Portrait Society of Canada, Toronto, ON – Group, 2010
“Bestiary” National Juried Exhibition Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio – 2010, Group
“Artist Residency Exhibition” Duna Gallery, Budapest, Hungary – 2010, Group
“Art Takes Miami” International Juried Exhibition, Online exhibition, Miami, Florida – 2010, Group
“64 Arts 2010 National Juried Exhibition” Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL – 2010, Group
“42nd Open National Juried Exhibition” Todmorden Mills Gallery, Toronto, ON – 2010, Group
“Exchange” Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, Boston, MA – 2010, Group
“e•strange” Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta – 2010, Solo
“Whole Being” Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB – 2009, Group
“Resonance” Prairie Collective VII, Reeve Theatre, University of Calgary, AB – 2008, Group
“Expressions” Squared Gallery, Medicine Hat, Alberta – 2008, Solo
“12/01” Medicine Hat Cultural Centre, Medicine Hat, AB – 2007, Group
“New Works” Esplanade Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB – 2006, Group
“Signals from/about Central Europe” Central European Cultural Institute, Budapest – 2006, Group
“Momentum” Esplanada Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB – 2005, Group
“Expression Squared” Squared Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB – 2005, Group
“River Meditation” Prairie Collective VI, Reeve Theatre, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB – 2005, Group
“As I Am” Performance (w/EKO Dance Projects), Big Secret Theatre, Epcor Cntr for the Performing Arts, Calgary, AB – 2005, 2 person
“New Works” Medicine Hat Museum, Medicine Hat, AB – 2005, Group
“Present Participles” Performance – Dancers’ Studio West, Calgary, AB – 2004, 2 person
“Identity Crisis” Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead, KY – 2004, Group
“International Artists’ Residency Exhibition” Vizivarosi Gallery, Budapest, Hungary – 2004, Group
“Connective Tissue” Squared Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB – 2004, Solo
“Heading to East” Sori Center for the Arts, Jeonju, S. Korea – 2004, Group
“Body Politic” Talley Gallery, Bemidji, MN – 2004, Solo
“The Feminine Eye” Heuser Art Center, Bradley University, Peoria, IL – 2004, Group
“Life and Death” Delta Center for the Arts, Stockton, CA – 2004, Group
“Bodies” Robert A Peck Arts Center, Riverton, WY – 2003, Group
“Indelible Shadows” Medicine Hat Museum, Medicine Hat, AB – 2003, Solo
“Burned” Medalta Historic Kilns, Medicine Hat, AB – 2003, Solo
“Paper Road” Centre d’Art-En-L’lle, Geneva, Switzerland – 2003, Group
“International Artists’ Residency Exhibition” Art East Gallery, Balatonfured, Hungary – 2003, Group
“Her” Olin Hall Gallery, Roanoke College, VA – 2003, 3 person
“Body Politic” Penn State University, Altoona, PA – 2003, Group
“New Works” Medicine Hat Museum, Medicine Hat, AB – 2002, Group
“Material Witness” Main Gallery, Central Michigan University, MI – 2002, 3 person
“Figures” Triangle Gallery, Dayton, OH – 2002, 3 person
“4th Triennale Internationale du Papier” Musee du Pays et Val de Charmey, Switzerland – 2002, Group
“Search; Pause; Play” Prairie Collective V, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB – 2002, Group
“Landscape” Atlantic Gallery, New York, NY – 2002, Group
“The Reddish Show” Globe Gallery, Roswell, NM – 2002, Group
“Women’s History Month Juried Exhibition” Boise State University, Boise, ID – 2002, Group
“Women: Struggle, Survival, Triumph” Ayer Lofts Art Gallery, Lowell, MA – 2002, Group
“23rd National Paper in Particular” Columbia College, Columbia, MO – 2002, Group
“A Body of Work” Adams Gallery, Dunkirk, NY – 2002, 2 person
“The Mystery of the Body” University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, IN – 2001, 3 person
“Embodied” Profiles Gallery, St. Albert, AB – 2001, 2 person
“Honouring the Crone” Womanmade Gallery, Chicago, IL – 2001, Group
“Torsos” Pearl Conard Gallery, Mansfield, OH – 2001, 3 person
“Pulcheria Arte” Palazzo S. Pietro, Italy – 2001, Group
“Ages and Stages” Maison des Femmes, Brussels, Belgium – 2001, Solo
“Unfolded, Unrolled, Unpacked” International Chopin Hall, Duszniki, Poland – 2001, Group
“Art by Theatre Designers” Mezzanine Gallery, University of Calgary, AB – 2001, Group
“New Works” Medicine Hat Museum, Medicine Hat, AB – 2000, Group
“Body Politic” Medicine Hat Museum, Medicine Hat, AB – 2000, Solo

 

PUBLICATIONS

2015  “Laara Cassells : _after” Exhibition Catalogue publ: Esplanade Art Gallery, Strathcona County Art Gallery @ 501, and the Chatham Art Gallery
2015  Illustrated in “Painting in Acrylics” by Lorena Kloosterboer
publ: Firefly Books, Buffalo, NY, USA
2012  “International Painting Annual 2” publ: Manifest Press, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
2011 “International 2010/2011 ARC Salon Catalogue” publ: Art Renewal Centre, Port Reading, NJ, USA
2011  “Canadian Who’s Who 2011” publ: University of Toronto Press, Toronto, Canada
2011  “International Contemporary Artists” publ: ICA Publishing, NY, USA
2011  “Ex Arte Equinus 4” publ: Art Horse Magazine, Beaumont, Texas, USA

 

COLLECTIONS

2013  Dr. Joachim Belbe, Stade, Germany
2013  Mr. Ulrich Tasch, Kiel, Germany
2013  Mr. Bernd-Roland Hündorf, Friedrichstadt, Germany
2013  Mr. Hans Michael Jebsen, Hongkong
2010  Medicine Hat College
2010  Alberta Foundation for the Arts
2009  School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
2005  Esplanade Museum and Art Gallery, Medicine Hat, AB
2004  Jeonju Historical Museum, Jeonju, South Korea
2003  City Hall, Balatonfured, Hungary
2001  Maison des Femmes, Brussels, Belgium
1998  Medicine Hat College, Alberta
1985  University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
1980  Broadway Medical Clinic, Vancouver, BC

 

AFFILIATIONS

Member, NOAPS, National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society
Member, Portrait Society of Canada
Member, Portrait Society of America
Signature Member, ISAP, the International Society of Acrylic Painters

AWARDS

2016  1st Prize for Painting, “Con Corso Buenos Aires 8”, International Art Competition, Milan, Italy
2016  3rd Prize, First Annual All-Members Online Exhibition, International Society of Acrylic Painters
2013  Award of Exceptional Merit, Scottsdale Biennale, Scottsdale, AZ
2013  Medicine Hat Cultural Development Grant
2013  Holbein Award, 16th Annual Open International Exhibition International Soc. of Acrylic Painters
2013  Award of Merit, “Online Open International Exhibition 2013” National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Soc.
2013  Portraits V, 2013
MyArtContest.com, Artist Portfolio Magazine
2013  Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant
2012  Certificate of Merit, “Miracle of the Portrait” Competition, Portrait Society of Canada
2012  Honorable Mention: International Society of Acrylic Painters: 4th Annual International Online Show
2011  City of Medicine Hat Civic Recognition Award for Culture
2011  Canada Council Grant – Alberta Creative Development Initiative 2
2010  Certificate of Excellence for outstanding achievement in Fine Art Portraiture – 2010 Canadian Portrait Competition
2008  Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant
2003  Cultural Development Grant, City of Medicine Hat
2003  Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant
2002  Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant
2001  Alberta Foundation for the Arts Grant
2000  Award of Excellence – Manhattan Arts International, NY