Laurie Campbell Perfectly Captures Winter in the City

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Making one’s way through almost any busy city during snowy winter days requires a certain hunkered-down and focused steely resolve.  Montreal realist painter Laurie Campbell beautifully captures this feeling in her cityscapes of Montreal and elsewhere.  The chill in the air, the wetness of walkways covered with snow and slush, and the occasional icy slipperiness beneath the feet are all perfectly evoked on her canvases.

Given the present season, I’ve chosen to highlighted her winter scenes here.  However, Campbell’s artist site and the galleries that carry her work (including Montreal’s Galerie Eric Klinkhoff and Toronto’s Roberts Gallery) are worth visiting to appreciate her wide range of subject matter and the artistry and skill that she brings to her work.  On her website you’ll find several themed series of work, including ones featuring rainy day people, umbrellas, New York City, park hockey, among others.

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(Image Credits: Laurie Campbell)

43 responses

  1. Ah! I was a kid in Montreal, later worked there as an adult, and she’s caught it exactly. I sit here in mild-mannered Vancouver and again feel that knife wind & penetrating chill…

  2. Having grown up in northern Vermont, seventy miles south of Montreal, I recognize that hunching into one’s coat against the cold. The first painting is my favorite because of how the red scarf draws your eye in. The last one was unexpected, but very fitting. The orange of the gallery’s interior against the gray exterior is the perfect metaphor for what art can do!

  3. I LOVE Laurie Campbell’s work and have seen it exhibited here in Toronto.

    As a native Montrealer, I feel these paintings perfectly depict the city in the winter with the bitter cold and relentless mountains of snow – I can almost feel the frigid temperatures!

    Many thanks for posting these, Brett!

    (ps – I hate winter in Canada!)

    • Richard, nice to hear that you’ve seen her work in person. I’ve only seen online images and I know they never do justice to seeing a painting up close. Those cold winters make the inviting Spring and Summer all the more lovely!

  4. In most of the paintings, people are walking away. I find that interesting, are they trying to get away from the cold? The paintings are amazing. As I sit here in sunny, mild Spain. I can feel the cold Canadian winters as I look at them. I have always been trying to get away from the cold.

    • Darlene, the subjects walking away stood out to me as well. Not sure whether there’s any significance in that (perhaps just an artistic preference). Sunny Spain sounds great! 🙂

      • The solitude of walking away first brought Hopper to mind. The woman dressed in all black contrasted against the white snow with tiny hints of color in the signage fascinated me. Then the gallery nailed the thought.

  5. While some seem to be comparing her to Hopper, it seems only true in terms of style. I actually felt quite a sense of community, not isolation in her work. It reminded me deeply of my college winters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  6. My feelings about the pictures changed a few times. I thought they were photos before I read the text. Meh! Then I realised the were paintings. Talented. Then I saw mostly backs. People leaving. Meh. I am more of a fan of impressionism. Thank you for showing us Canada. I have visited Vancouver once. I do wish to travel to Nova Scotia. It has ties to the French. I am living in the USA since five years.

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