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Kaur, Russna

Kaur, Russna

Russna Kaur is an emerging artist, who graduated from the University of Waterloo obtaining her Honors BA in Fine Arts. She paints from experiences that play with the notion of over stimulation. Her work is inspired by places such as festivals, cities, flea markets, amusement parks, sporting events, and religious ceremonies - places where people from all walks of life gather for a similar experience. Her work is of spontaneous nature, although patterns and repetitions are prominent– the direction people are walking, the way people are seated; we begin to move as one entity. Kaur is interested in how masses form an identity and mask individuality, and how isolating an individual can reveal their true self.

“I depict my idea of space and composition through mark making, layering and use of materials. Pattern, repetition and colour are key aspects of my work influenced by my upbringing in fashion. From a young age, constantly being surrounded by textiles, bright colours and combining textures to create movement has shaped the way I perceive abstraction. I strive to produce dynamic pieces that change and create different experiences depending on the individual viewing them.”

Following in the traditions of Abstract Expressionist painter, Robert Rauschenburg, Kaur integrates everyday materials into her collage paintings. She uses twine, thumbtacks and tape to achieve a sense of depth, while playing with colour and geometric forms to anchor certain parts of the composition, allowing other parts to continue the flow of the piece.

Russna Kaur has shown at juried exhibitions such as the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, CONTACT Photography Festival, The Artist Project, SURTEX in New York City and The Licensing Expo in Las Vegas. Her work has been auctioned at The National Club in Toronto in support of SickKids Hospital and has also been included in the Elaine Fleck Gallery Catalogue. Kaur's works can be found in private and corporate collections including The Colart Collection in Quebec and the Mayor’s Office in Brampton City Hall.

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