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North Korea portraits

08.11.19

I have just completed the first in a series of portraits of North Koreans that I am currently working on. I was lucky enough to be able to meet with people from a cross-section of society when I visited the country last year - the first foreign artist, I believe, to be granted such access. I am exploring different faces of the secretive country, and hoping to provide a glimpse into the lives of its citizens.

Pae Yun Sok is a worker at the Hungnam Fertiliser Complex in Hamhung, North Korea – the country’s largest fertiliser plant, with around 7,300 employees. It was founded during Japanese occupation in 1927, then completely destroyed during the Korean War and rebuilt in the 50s. Pae Yun Sok has worked there for over 35 years.

North Korea portraits

RBSA Portrait Prize 2019

21.07.19

Two of my portraits, Behind the Velvet and Jessica Rose, have been selected for the RBSA Portrait Prize 2019. The exhibition will run from 25th July to 31st August at the RBSA Gallery in Birmingham.

RBSA Portrait Prize 2019

Happy New Year!

01.01.19

Wishing all my followers a very happy new year! Here is a selection of my favourite moments from the past 12 months. I was lucky enough to exhibit in some fabulous places, including the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, the Bowes Museum and Woodson Art Museum, to name just a few. Here's hoping 2019 will bring as many happy moments for us all.

Happy New Year!

Wigan Open Exhibition

12.11.18

I'm very happy to have my painting 'Jessica Rose' selected for the inaugural Wigan Open Exhibition. The show runs from 16th November to 15th December at the Isherwood Gallery.

Wigan Open Exhibition

New Light Prize

13.10.18

The New Light Prize has now moved to its final destination on the tour - Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery Trust, Carlisle. My paintings 'Cloud Candy' and 'Self-Portrait II' sold at previous venues, but you can catch 'Sean' there until 27th January 2019. 


New Light Prize

Artists & Illustrators Magazine article

06.10.18

There's a brief article in the October issue of Artists And Illustrators Magazine about my painting, With a Little Help from My Friends, which won artwork of the month.


Artists & Illustrators Magazine article

Birds in Art 2018

27.09.18

Birds in Art 2018 is now open at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wiconsin. The exhibition runs until 25th November and features my painting, Roadblock, alongside some of the best contemporary bird art in the world.




Birds in Art 2018

Pegasus Art Blog

17.09.18

I was recently asked to write a blog for Pegasus Art about my portrait, Jessica, which was exhibited at the BP Portrait Award 2017. You can read it  here:  

https://www.pegasusart.co.uk/blog/guest-blogs/jessica-guest-blog-artist-laura-quinn-harris/

Pegasus Art Blog

Artists & Illustrators Artwork of the Month

04.08.18

Very happy to have won the Artists And Illustrators Magazine artwork of the month prize for my wildlife painting, With a Little Help from my Friends. 

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This painting is currently for sale in the Lancashire Open at Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk.

Artists & Illustrators Artwork of the Month

Ken Bromley Cover Competition

30.07.18

My painting "Jessica Rose" has been shortlisted in the Ken Bromley Cover Competition. If you like it you can vote for it by clicking the link below. 



https://www.artsupplies.co.uk/covercomp/?a=laura_quinn_harris



Ken Bromley Cover Competition

Being Allowed to Look

27.07.18

Great preview of "Being Allowed to Look" last night. The exhibition features some fabulous figurative artists and includes my portrait, Owl You Need is Love. It runs until 16th September at the Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester.

Being Allowed to Look

Saul Hay Gallery exhibition

25.07.18

My portrait of renowned owl sculptor Clarence Cameron and his partner Bob Lockhart will be exhibited  at the Saul Hay Gallery, Manchester in the exhibition, 'Being Allowed to Look' from 28th July to 16th September.

Saul Hay Gallery exhibition

Lancashire Open Exhibition

20.07.18

Had a fab time at the Lancashire Open Exhibition preview last night. You can visit my painting and lots more great northern art at the Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, until 19th September.


Lancashire Open Exhibition

Lancashire Open Exhibition

12.07.18

Delighted to have a painting selected for the Lancashire Open 2018. The exhibition runs from 21st July to 19th September at the Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk.

Lancashire Open Exhibition

St Helens Open Art Exhibition

10.07.18

I have 2 wildlife paintings on display at this year's St Helens Open. The exhibition runs until 7th September at The World Of Glass.

St Helens Open Art Exhibition

New Light Prize, in London

26.06.18

The New Light Prize has now moved to the Bankside Gallery, London. Catch my portrait, Sean, there until Sunday.

New Light Prize, in London

New Light Prize, in London

26.06.18

The New Light Prize has now moved to the Bankside Gallery, London. Catch my portrait, Sean, there until Sunday.

New Light Prize, in London

Lovely Night at DSWF Awards

27.06.16

Had a wonderful evening at the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year awards. Note the red dot! 50% of each sale goes directly to helping endangered wildlife.

Lovely Night at DSWF Awards

DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year

25.06.16

Mirror mirror is all finished now and is being hung at the Mall Galleries ready for the opening of DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year tomorrow.

DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year

Observer & Post Articles

21.06.16

There are articles in this week's Wigan Observer and yesterday's Wigan Evening Post about my selection for the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year Exhibition.

Observer & Post Articles

Kathleen Soriano Exhibition

16.06.16

I'm honoured to be part of this wonderful exhibition that opened in London on Wednesday night. It is curated by Kathleen Soriano and features work by some fantastic contemporary portrait artists.

Kathleen Soriano Exhibition

St Helens Open Art Win

13.06.16

I won the award for Best Portrait at the St Helens Open Art competition tonight!

St Helens Open Art Win

St Helens Open Art exhibition

12.06.16

My painting "Every Cloud" has been selected for the St Helens Open Art exhibition 2016. It will be on display at The World Of Glass, St Helens, until the 26th August.

St Helens Open Art exhibition

David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year

29.03.16

I'm very excited to announce that my painting "Mirror Mirror" has been selected for the David Shepherd Wildlife Artist of the Year exhibition!! It will be held at the Mall Galleries London from 27th June to 2nd July. Just need to put some finishing touches on it now before it's ready! :)

Art Academy Award Win

24.02.16

Very happy to have won the Art Academy Award at last night's Artists & Illustrators Artists of the Year awards, for my portrait of Dylan. The show is on until Saturday at Mall Galleries, London.

Art Academy Award Win

Artists & Illustrators 'Artist of the Year' Award

09.11.15

I have been shortlisted for the Artists & Illustrators 'Artist of the Year' Award. My painting “Dylan” will be showcased in an exhibition at London's Mall Galleries in February.

Artists & Illustrators 'Artist of the Year' Award

How to Paint a Portrait

27.10.15

I have been published in another book! "How to Paint a Portrait" details how different artists go about producing a portrait in a day. My technique is featured in a 10-page spread.

How to Paint a Portrait

People's Choice Award Win

12.10.15

I’m very happy to have won the People's Choice Award at the St Helens Open Art Competition, as well as First Prize, for my portrait of Dylan :)

People's Choice Award Win

Armando Iannucci

26.08.15

Yesterday I had the honour of painting Armando Iannucci at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

Armando Iannucci

Ashton Art Group's Annual Exhibition

04.08.15

I was honoured to be asked to open the Ashton Art Group's Annual Exhibition on Friday. There was some fantastic work on display! You can go and see it until this Saturday.

Ashton Art Group's Annual Exhibition

First Prize!

29.07.15

Very pleased to announce I won First Prize this evening at the St Helens Open Art Competition for my painting of Dylan!! You can see it in the exhibition at the World of Glass, St Helens, until 11th September.

First Prize!

Museum of Wigan Life

08.07.15

My portrait of Sir Ian McKellen, painted in the final of Portrait Artist of the Year, is now on display at the Museum of Wigan Life.

Museum of Wigan Life

BP Portrait Award

27.02.15

My painting “Dylan” has made it through to the final round of judging for the BP Portrait Award!

BP Portrait Award

National Portrait Gallery

08.01.15

My portraits in the National Portrait Gallery!

National Portrait Gallery

Portrait Artist of the Year Result

26.12.14

Well I didn't win Portrait Artist of the Year, but I'm proud of myself for getting to the final 3. Plus I got to meet this lovely chap and he chose my portrait to take home with him!! Still pinching myself! :)

Portrait Artist of the Year Result

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Grand Final

23.12.14
In the final of Portrait Artist of the Year us three finalists were given the delightful task of painting Sir Ian McKellen. Prior to the final I was commissioned by the Royal College of Music to paint Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, a portrait which will hang in the foyer of the Britten Theatre. This was unveiled at the grand final. Unfortunately I didn't win the prize, but Sir Ian liked my portrait so much he chose it to take home with him!

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year Semi-final success

16.12.14
In the semi-final of Portrait Artist of the Year along with 6 other artists I painted a double portrait of Richard Dawkins and Reverend Sally Hitchiner. The judges chose me and two others to go through to the Grand Final!

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year heat win

18.11.14
In my Portrait Artist of the Year heat I painted a portrait of actress Ashley Jensen. Out of the 12 artists I was chosen to go through to the semi-final alongside another artist - in an unprecedented move the judges put two of us through instead of one!

Little Book of Portraits

12.11.14
My work has been published in "A Little Book of Portraits" - a selection of some of the portraits from the 2 series of Portrait Artist of the Year. My self-portrait is featured, with some lovely comments from series judges Tai Shan Schierenberg, Kathleen Soriano and Kate Bryan.

Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year

12.11.14
I am very happy to announce that I am part of Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year 2014! My heat in Edinburgh will be broadcast on 18th November at 8pm on Sky Arts. Watch or check back here to find out how I got on! http://www.sky.com/tv/show/portrait

St Helens Open Art Competition 2013

20.09.13
My painting "Hooded Merganser" was selected for this year's St Helens Open Art Exhibition. The exhibition runs from 20th September until 9th November at the Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery, St Helens.

2 paintings in NEWA 2013

19.07.13

Two of my paintings have been selected for the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art 2013!!

"Bison" and "Hooded Merganser" are featured in the show, which opened last night and runs until 4th August at Gordale Gallery, South Wirral. Visit www.newa-uk.com for more information.

BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year finalist

28.03.13
Two of my paintings have been shortlisted for the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year Award 2013!! "Look Into My Eyes" is a finalist in the Endangered Species category and "Bison" is a finalist in the Frozen Planet category.

Article in the St Helens Star

04.11.12
There is an article in this week's St Helens Star about the exhibition I currently have work in, featuring a small photo of the painting I won Best Portrait prize for.

My painting wins Best Portrait at the St Helens Open Art Competition

09.10.12
My painting "Self-Portrait" has won the prize for best portrait at the St Helens Open Art Competition! I collected my prize - a £100 cheque - at this evening's award ceremony.

I have 2 paintings in the St Helens Open Art Competition 2012

03.10.12
My paintings "Look into my Eyes" and "Self-Portrait" have been chosen to be displayed in the St Helens Open Art Exhibition 2012. The exhibition runs from 6th October to 18th November at the Godfrey Pilkington Art Gallery, St Helens.

"Look Into My Eyes" voted 2nd runner up in Ken Bromley Cover Competition

16.08.12
My painting "Look Into My Eyes" was voted the 2nd runner up in the Ken Bromley Art Supplies Cover Competition. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for it! My prize is £50 worth of Winsor & Newton art materials, and there is a piece about me on the website here: http://www.artsupplies.co.uk/covercomp/. There will also be a short piece about me in the forthcoming catalogue.

2 paintings selected in "Animals" competition & an Honourable Mention

01.08.12
My paintings "Look into my Eyes" and "A Perfect Fit" have both been selected for the Light Space & Time Gallery's annual "Animals" painting competition. And "Look into my Eyes" received an honourable mention! You can view it online at http://www.lightspacetime.com/animals-painting-other-category/

Shortlisted in Ken Bromley Art Supplies Cover Competition

25.07.12
My painting "Look Into My Eyes" has been shortlisted in the Ken Bromley Art Supplies Cover Competition. The winner is decided by a public vote so please vote for me! Visit http://www.artsupplies.co.uk/covercomp

"Look Into My Eyes" selected for NEWA

10.07.12
My painting "look Into My Eyes" has been selected for the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art (NEWA) 2012. The exhibition will run from 13th to 29th July at Gordale Garden Centre, South Wirral. Visit www.newa-uk.com for more details.

Follow me on Facebook and Twitter!

09.07.12
I now have a facebook page for my art. Please "like" it if you think it's any good! You can also follow me on twitter @LauraEQuinn. www.facebook.com/lauraelizabethquinn www.twitter.com/lauraequinn

In the Wigan Evening Post today!

24.11.11
There is a double page feature about me and my art in the Wigan Evening Post today.

"Elsie & Samuel" selected for NEWA 2011

18.07.11
My etching “Elsie & Samuel” has been selected for this year's National Exhibition of Wildlife Art (NEWA). See www.newa-uk.com for details of the exhibition.

3 works selected for NEWA 2010

19.07.10
My paintings “Lost in Thought” and “A Perfect Fit” and my etching “Dorothy” have been selected for the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art (NEWA) 2010. Visit www.newa-uk.com for more details.

Shortlisted for BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2010

15.05.10
My paintings “Lost in Thought” and “A Perfect Fit” are both finalists in the Endangered Species category of the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year award.

“Seamus” and “George and Edna” selected for the SWLA show 2009.

10.08.09
My etchings “Seamus” and “George and Edna” have both been selected to be exhibited at the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) annual show at The Mall Galleries, London. For information about the exhibition visit www.swla.co.uk

“Ring-Tailed Lemur Group” selected for the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art

17.07.09
My painting “Ring-Tailed Lemur Group” has been selected for the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art (NEWA) 2009. The exhibition takes place at Gordale, South Wirral. See www.newa-uk.com for more details.
“Ring-Tailed Lemur Group” selected for the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art

My illustration is published in Natural World Magazine

20.12.08
My illustration of a lowland peat bog has been published in this month's Natural World Magazine, the Wildlife Trusts' members magazine.