Retrospective March 6 – 31, 2014
Paul Laseau began painting in watercolor media in 1992 while on a trip to the Greek islands. He was inspired by the delicate, but vibrant colors of the sunbaked white villages that cling to the crests of the island mountains. He brought to this work observation skills developed through 35 years of experience in freehand sketching and photography of architectural subjects throughout Europe and North America. Architectural images have continued to be the dominant focus of his paintings, based on subsequent trips to the coasts of Greece, Italy, England, New England, and the Maritime Provinces of Canada.
“Like many artists, I was drawn to watercolor because the medium supports a fluid, spontaneous approach to painting.” He continues, “While my approach to painting involves some forethought or planning, there is a pleasurable flow to the work that would be ruined by extended “massaging” of a painting.
“For me, the value of painting lies more in the act of painting than in the end result. Typically, I am completely absorbed in the subject of a painting. I continue to be fascinated by the historical response of humans to the forces of nature – land, water, sun – as they define appropriate human habitat. Coastal towns and harbors provide particularly vibrant subjects.”
Paul Laseau, AIA, is a Ball State University professor emeritus of architecture with over twenty five years’ experience teaching freehand sketching and design drawing. He is the author of: Graphic Thinking for Architects and Designers; Graphic problem Solving for Architects; Inkline Drawing; Architectural Drawing: Options for Design; The Handbook of Architectural Representation; Freehand Sketching – An Introduction; Watercolor Sketching, and Visual Notes (with Norman Crowe).
Laseau’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited at the University of Wisconsin, University of Arizona inTucson, Clemson in South Carolina, and Ball State University. He has given workshops, presentations and exhibits on sketching, design drawing and watercolor painting for several universities in the US and Europe.
The artist will give a short talk about his work, and answer questions, beginning at 6:15 on opening night, Thursday, March 6, 2014. His exhibition will hang through Saturday, March 29th, and may be viewed during normal business hours: Monday – Friday, 9 AM to 5:30 PM and Saturdays, 9 to 3, or by appointment.
For more information, call 765-284-8422.