Laura Nugent

"My job as a painter is to take small moments and make them spectacular."

Nugent's non-representational, contemporary works employ traditions of Minimalism, Color Field Painting, Pattern Painting, and textile arts. Each work is an exploration of new color relationships that invites viewers to interpret both emotion and story. A lifelong artist, Nugent continues to be inspired by finding new materials on which to work and enthusiastically adopting the compositions that result.

Working with a loose idea of pattern and a limited color palette, Nugent creates works with insistent rhythm and restrained hues. Her method of layering paint, with both transparent washes and thick, dripping coats, creates depth and allows for accident. Her hand is apparent in each imperfect line that is painted, showing a tolerance for letting her materials speak without correction.

Nugent received her BFA in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. While attending MICA, Nugent studied abroad at SACI in Florence, Italy. She has been a full-time artist since 2004 and travels widely to exhibit and sell her work in galleries and juried fine art fairs.

Finely Fragile
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,680
Nothing but Joy
Acrylic Painting

$ 2,800
An Inverse Edge
Acrylic Painting

$ 1,600
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Not Everything Will Be Replaced, Kansas City, MO, The Bunker Center for the Arts, 2019
Flat Files KC, Kansas City, H & R Block Artspace, 2018
Beyond Bounds: Envision, Overland Park, KS, NermanMuseum of Contemporary Art, 2020
Winter Salon, Kansas City, MO, Weinberger Fine Art, 2019
Plaza Art Fair, Kansas City, MO, Country Club Plaza, 2019