Acrylic Artist Magazine  Winter 2016 

                                                "IN THE DETAILS"  by Susan Byrnes

Brian LaSaga shares his techniques for capturing the subtleties of snow and our natural world.

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  BRIAN LASAGA REALISM

The Artist       CV   PDF

BIOGRAPHY


Brian LaSaga was born in St.Teresa's, Newfoundland on November 1, 1955, and moved to St.George's Newfoundland in 1965.  Brian's journey as an artist began when he was very young and Roger Tory Peterson and Don R. Eckelberry's  bird paintings struck a chord with him when he was a teenager. He has a special place for birds in his life and feeds them throughout the winter months. Although he may not be a bird painter, he may incorporate a bird into his work from time to time. He has always been a very visual person and with no formal training, art is more instinctual, full of discovery and experimentation which has continued with him today. Being somewhat of a perfectionist, Brian has always remained faithful to his subjects, and his imagery. Although he has experimented with watercolors, gouache, egg tempera, and oils, the artist soon realized that acrylics suited his style and technique.  Today he  paints primarily with acrylics on masonite panel, and  prefers acrylics  because they dry faster, and this allows him to layer rather quickly. His work is greatly influenced by nature, and feels that he is just a student and instrument of nature. Brian's subjects often include rural settings, weathered textures, landscapes, seascapes, and sometimes he may incorporate figures or some form of wildlife into his work as an extension of nature. The artist prefers to paint familiar experiences and subjects indigenous to his area. An area that he feels is raw and sacred. The artist's main interest is in capturing the essence of his chosen subject.


Brian's studio is located in his hometown of St.George's, Newfoundland. The island of Newfoundland is Canada's most easterly destination and offers the artist a sanctuary for his work. It has many rugged coastlines,rivers, forests, wildlife, ponds and marshes. It has also been the inspiration for Brian's work for over 36 years. When not in his studio, he can be found hiking, kayaking or making field trips to gather material for his paintings. Many of his works hang in corporate, public and private collections in Canada, United States and Europe.    

ARTIST'S STATEMENT:

"Nature is my muse and inspiration simply because of her endless subject matter and surprises. This collaboration offers me something I never even thought of. Although I prefer to paint nature themes, weathered objects and rural settings, I'm open to other things that may catch my eye. As an artist, I feel that I'm just a work in progress, and there is always something to learn. Exploring and collecting material for paintings is a great adventure for me, and always a thrill to wonder what's around the bend or beyond that ridge.  I like to create a sense of place that is somewhere but  nowhere in particular. I hope each and every viewer sees and takes something a little different from my work and has an experience rather than just be viewing a picture. My goal is not to paint life, but to paint life into my work and create an emotional connection that I hope will inspire my viewers."





EXHIBITION HISTORY
                                                                                                                                                                                         
1981       "Small Works" / Group / Atlantic Arts Ltd., St.John's, NL
1982       "West Coast Realism" / Two man show / Arts and Culture Centre, Stephenville, NL
1983       "Weathered Relics" / Solo / The Ewing Gallery, Corner Brook, NL
1984       "Coastlines" / Group / The Ewing Gallery,Corner Brook, NL
1986       "Images Of A Realist" / Solo / The Duke Of Argyle Gallery, Halifax, NS
1988       "Days Of Yore" / Group / The Duke Of Argyle Gallery, Halifax, NS
1995       "Eastern Images" / Solo / Gallery On The Lake, Buckhorn, ON
1997       "Realism At It's Finest" / Solo / The Sheraton Inn, Fredericton, NB
2005        Public Showing  / Solo / Kennebecasis Valley Public Library, Saint John, NB
2005       "Catching The Eye" / Solo / Imperial Theatre, Saint John, NB
2007        Toronto Art Expo / Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON
2009      
"Constant Observer" / Solo / Christina Parker Gallery, St.John's, NL
2009      
  Toronto International Art Fair / Metro Toronto Convention Centre / Group / Christina Parker Gallery
2009      
"From The Studio III" / Group / Christina Parker Gallery, St.John's, NL
2010     
 "The Works" / Group / Christina Parker Gallery, St.John's, NL
2011      
"Bruno Capolongo Invitational Exhibition" / Group / Hamilton Conservatory for the Arts, Hamilton, ON
2011     
"Atlanticus" / Group /  Inaugural Exhibition celebrating new gallery space / Christina Parker Gallery
2011      
Toronto International Art Fair / Metro Toronto Convention Centre / Christina Parker Gallery 
2012      
Aspects Of Realism / Peter Buckland Gallery / Saint John Arts Centre, Saint John, NB  
2012      
Toronto International Art Fair / Metro Toronto Convention Centre / Group / Christina Parker Gallery 
2012     
"A Year End Celebration" / Group / Christina Parker Gallery
2013     
"Summer Exhibition 2013" / Group / Christina Parker Gallery
2013     
" A Celebration of Gallery Artists" / Group / Christina Parker Gallery
2015      
IGOR 10th Annual Juried Exhibition at Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia / Group

2015 / 2016     The Kingston Prize Exhibition / Group / "OCTOBER" Painting  "October"    Acrylic    16x22     2015

2015 / 2016    "30+1" / Christina Parker Gallery  / Group / St. John's, NL

2016     IGOR 11th Annual Juried Exhibition at Gallery 1261, Denver, Colorado / Group

2017     Revisiting The Rural / Group / Christina Parker Gallery




MEDIA / AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS
                                                                                                                                                    
1980    Arts And Letters Competition - Second Place / St.John's, NL, Canada
1988    Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Art Gallery / Research Resources / Artists Files
1994    The Georgian Newspaper / In The Arts "Painting Stages"- Stephenville, NL, Canada
1994    CBC Radio Morning Show / Artist Interview
1996    "First" Aboriginal Artists / Artist Profile Newfoundland and Labrador, St.John's, NL, Canada
2001    The Downhomer Magazine / "Super Realist"- St.John's, NL, Canada
2004    Saint John Weekend Newspaper / "Showcase" NL Artist- St.John, NB, Canada
2004    The Telegram/Backstage / "Painter Creates Lifelike Scenes"- St.John's, NL, Canada
2005    The Newfoundland Herald Magazine / Artist Profile - St.John's, NL, Canada
2006    The Newfoundland Herald / "It's All In The Details"- St.John's, NL, Canada
2007    Toronto Art Expo / Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, Ontario
2007    Centre For Distance Learning & Innovation / Art & Perception: Art Movements: Realism / St.John's, NL, Canada
2008   
The Painter's Keys / Quotes
2008   
The Painter's Key's / World Of Art Featured Premium Artist / "Forgotten Barn"
2008   
The Painter's Keys / World Of Art Featured Premium Artist  / "Winter Birch"
2009   
Canadian Brushstroke Magazine "Hard Way To Make An Easy Living" / Leduc, Alberta, Canada
2009   
The Telegram / Arts & Entertainment / "Real Meets Surreal" / St.John's, NL, Canada
2009   
Natural Awakenings Magazine / Cover Art and Profile / Hartford, Connecticut, U.S.A.                                                    
2009   
Playcast Feature / "September Road"
2010   
Kennedy Publishing "Best Of Worldwide Watermedia" Williamsburg, VA, U.S.A.
2010   
Monograffi-What Is High Realism
2010   
Raymarart Painting Competition / Finalist  "Winter Woodpile"
2010   
Raymarart Painting Competition / Finalist  "Driftwood"
2010   
Raymarart Painting Competition / Finalist  "Corner Refuge"
2010   
Bold Brush Painting Competition / Outstanding Acrylic - "Autumn Canopy" - San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
2010   
Bold Brush Painting Competition / Outstanding Acrylic - "Red Squirrel and Stump" - San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.
2010   
Informed Collector / Fine Art Views / Intricate detail bring captivating, realistic paintings to life - San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
2010   
Art Kudos International Juried Art Competition & Exhibition - Finalist  "Winter Woodpile"
2010   
American Art Awards - Category 35 Realism Landscape - 1st place  "Winter Woodpile"
2010   
American Art Awards - Category 36 Realism Landscape With Figures - 1st place  "Driftwood"    
2010   
American Art Awards - Category 40 Romanticism - 5th place  "Driftwood"
2010   
Canadian Brushstroke Magazine "All About Light" Finalist  "Winter Woodpile / Leduc, Alberta, Canada
2010    Association of Cultural Industries Newfoundland & Labrador / Daily Spotlight
2010   
Empty Easel Art Magazine / Featured Artist "Frost-Filled Landscapes" and "After The Blizzard" , Dallas, Texas
2011   
Grand Prize Winner International Artist Magazine 2011 'Landscape' Competition "Driftwood"           
2011   
The Artist's Network 2011 All Media Competition-Honorable Mention - "Wretched Breakwater"                          
2011   
Empty Easel: Feature Artist: Superrealistic Paintings With A Simple Heartfelt Beauty
2011   
Arabella Magazine / Summer Dreams issue 2011 Artist to collect "Life & Texture" 
2011   
Art Kudos International Juried Art Competition & Exhibition - Finalist "Facing The Elements"
2011   
Raymarart Painting Competition / Finalist "Facing The Elements"
2011  
Canadian Brushstroke Magazine Winner "All About Light" Competition - "Below The Hill"
2011 / 2012  
ARC International Salon Competition / Honorable Mention / Landscape Category - "Winter Woodpile"
2012  
Canadian Federation Of Artists / Finalist  "Below The Hill"
2012  
Canadian Federation Of Artists / Finalist  "Facing The Elements"
2012  
All Media Art Competition / Honorable Mention / "Facing The Elements"
2012 / 2013 
ARC International Salon Competition / Finalist / Landscape Category - "Along The Coast"
2013  
Art Kudos International Juried Art Competition & Exhibition - Honorable Mention  "Two For Joy"
2013  
Raymar Art Painting Competition / Finalist "Along The Coast"
2014 
Art Kudos International Juried Art Competition & Exhibition - Honorable Mention "Driftwood"

2015 Acrylic Works 2: Radical Breakthroughs / North Light Books

2015 Art Kudos International Juried Art Competition & Exhibition - Finalist "October"
2015 
American Art Awards
         
1st Place Category 2   ACRYLIC /HUMAN FIGURE  "October"  16 x 22"
         
1st Place Category 35   REALISM/LANDSCAPE   "Facing The Elements"  24 x 34"  
         
6th Place Category 36   LANDSCAPE WITH LIFE   "Two For Joy"  20 x 28" 

2015  10th Annual International Guild of Realism Exhibition at Principle Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia / Group

2016  International Artist Magazine 2016  'Landscape' Competition / Finalist  "After The Blizzard II"   

2016  Best In Show  "Beachwood Snag"  Waterscapes / Fusion Art Exhibition

2016   Acrylic Works 3: Celebrating Texture / North Light Books

2016    Feature in Acrylic Artist Magazine "In The Details"     Winter 2016

2017   Best In Show - March 2017  SEDONA ART PRIZE    "Close To Shore"

2017   Best In Show - Colors of Humanity Water Show 2107   "Close To Shore"







PUBLIC AND CORPORATE COLLECTIONS

Central Trust Tower, Halifax, NS
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Ottawa, ON
United Nations, New York, U.S.A.
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, St.John's, NL
Confederation Art Centre and Museum, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
J.R.Smallwood Federal Building, Corner Brook, NL
Fox Harb'r Resort,Tatamagouche,NS / Mr.Ron Joyce
Jetport Investments, Burlington, ON / Mr.Ron Joyce
Brinkston Investments, Grand Bay, NB
Northgrave Architect, Toronto, ON
Home Depot,Toronto,On / Annette Verschuren
Coachford Mfg.Inc., Toronto, ON
Bird Packaging Ltd., Guelph, ON
Plus many private collections in Canada, United States and Europe.