With over 25 years as a practising artist Laurel Foenander is a contemporary realist artist, working in oils. Many of her paintings are held in collections Australia-wide and over seas, particularly in the area of Australian native birds. She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions, she has won over 100 art show awards including :
The Vitalis Award at Nowa Nowa Nudes.
Best in Show Awards : Art Gippsland 2012/2016,Mirboo Nth. Art Show 2015/2018,
Walhalla Art Show 2014/2015 Tanjil Valley Art Show 2016/2017/2018
Finalist selections in National Awards : The Norville Landscape Prize 2012
Destination Daintree 2012, Arc Yinnar Drawing Prize 2012/2014/2016. Her portraits have been exhibited in Victoria’s Hidden Faces Exhibition in 2016/2017/2019.
In 2019 with a renewed focus on entering art prizes, her work “Survivor” has been selected as a finalist in the prestigious Bayside Aquisitive Art Prize.
She is represented by Town and Country Gallery- Yarragon, South Yarra Art House – Melb, Hawthorn Studio Gallery – Melb. And Mingara Gallery
- Cowes – Phillip Island.
When asked what inspires me to paint my answer is almost everything !
My subject matter is varied and while being known as a contemporary realist painter , I often digress into Abstraction and Surrealmism and I like to blur the boundaries in between. I see myself as a constant student of art and nature.
Most of my work is exploration of nature and I hope those viewing it can feel a little wonder at the beauty of the natural world.