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.


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.

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