Artwork of the Day: Bird Series, Harold Braul
With an impressionistic, gestural style that keys on color fields, Harold begins his figurative paintings with a foundation laid down in brush before using palette knives and his fingers. The resulting texture adds an nearly sculptural depth to his canvases, along with a warm sense of human presence.
My goal is to render a likeness, but also to capture the energy of the relationship between the subjects, if there is more than one. I try to achieve timelessness with my paintings, to separate the subject from time and place and so create a work that will always feel immediate.
Harold started painting at age 6 and went on to study at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. His early career focus on function-driven industrial design can be seen in the geometric constructions of his painting. Working from his imagination, Harold finds a transcendent serendipity in the seemingly mundane. With sweeps of color and a rarified sense of light and space, he brings a startling presence to commuters, barkeeps and the “little gray birds” we hardly notice on phone wires overhead.
Harold will be exhibiting his work at Artexpo New York 2011 with Toronto-based Progressive Fine Art. Over the last 25 years, Progressive Editions (PE) has established itself as an international distributor and publisher of quality fine art imagery to over 3000 galleries. Also a leading source for unique artwork for corporate consultants and design clientele, PE’s expanding collection of original paintings features larger scale art works to accommodate modern urban home design.
To find out more about Harold Braul, visit him at the Progressive Fine Art website.