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Laura Shechter

Laura Shechter is a still life and cityscape painter and a contemporary realist. Within contemporary realism, Laura consider herself a perceptualist which she defines as being more concerned with usual vision than European painting conventions. She paints a moment of light with all if its visual contradictions. Laura has strong feelings about the objects in her still lifes. The relationships between the objects are formal but at times they have an implied narration. Although Laura's approach tends to be linear and precise, she conveys a beautiful and sensual surface.

Laura Shecter is also known for her cityscapes, which are photo-based. Her cityscapes describe one moment of light. Many are organized into landscape space, parallel bands. The forms and space in these paintings are clear with decorative patterns, eg., windows, trees… She is also interested in graffiti. Laura appreciates contemporary architecture, new or renovated that has incorporated rich intense color in their design

Laura Shecter's drawings are also closely observed with subtle tones built up in a single hatch technique.

Although Laura's still lifes and cityscapes are different genres, they each borrow from the other. Some of her horizontal still lifes are like a sky line, while the spacial relationships in some cityscapes are more related to those of an interior.

Some influences are northern Renaissance art, Indian Miniatures, and interactions with other contemporary realists. Her work evolved during the feminist art movement and she has incorporated some of its ideas. Laura’s teacher, Ad Rhinehardt, {the father of minimalism} helped her evolve a philosophy of aesthetics. He was also a noted orientalist. She traveled around the world in 1966-67 and the 1970. This experience added complexity to her art work which seems so rooted in western painting tradition, but also includes the aesthetics of the east, notably, India.

Laura Shechter's work is in the permanent collections over 40 museums, colleges, and other public collections.

Selected Collections:
Albright Knox, Buffalo, N.Y | Arkansas Art Center | Art Institute of Chicago | Boston Museum | Brooklyn Museum | Carnegie Institute | Greenville County Museum, S.C. | de young Fine Art Museum, San Francisco, Ca | Indianapolis Museum of Art | Israel Museum, Jerusalem | Jewish Museum, NY | Munson Williams Protor Museum, Ithaca, NY | Harnett Museum, Univ of Richmond | New York Historic Society | National Academy of Art. NY | National Museum of American Art. Washington, D.C. | National Museum of Women in the Arts | Portland Art Museum. Oregon | Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wi. | Rahr West Museum, Manitoc Wisc | Nicolas Roerich Museum NY | Brooklyn Historic Society | Arizona State Univ., Tempe | Tel Aviv Museum | Brooklyn College | Bates College, Museum of Art, Lewiston, Me | Bryn Maur College | Pratt Graphics Center, NYC | Richmond Art Center, Lewiston, Ct. | Portland Museum, Ore | Rutgers Univ., Zimmerli Museum | Museum Queensboro Community College | University of Northern Colorado Greely | Ringling Museum School, Sarasota, Fla | New York Public Library | 3 M Corp | Kemper Group | United States Tobacco | JPMorgan Chase Bank

Laura Shechter
Laura Shechter

Still Life
"Still Life with Two Birds" by Laura Shechter
Oil on Panel, 14"x13", 2000

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