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Born in 1970 in South Yorkshire, Laura Middleton graduated from the University of the West of England in 1992 with a BA (hons) In Graphic Design, specialising in Illustration.
In 1993 Middleton moved to London to pursue a career in specialist decorating. Now with her own Oxfordshire studio, Middleton continues to work closely with interior designers and clients on interiors projects and site-specific artworks. As well as producing artwork to commission Laura continues to develop her own painting practice.
Her latest collection of work is titled ‘Journeys Home’. Home means different things to different people, but most of us leave and return to a place we call home. This series of paintings is about those journeys, both literal and emotional, and our human desire to find our place called home. Specifically, the paintings are based on journeys Middleton has made, viewed from a car or train window ‐ distorted, reflected and slightly abstract views of the world speeding past in a bit of a blur. They feature mainly views of the natural world, as Middleton finds that being in nature often provides solace, offering a reliable thread to follow when she’s feeling lost.
Middleton see’s each journey we take as a sum of all the journeys we’ve taken, so it’s like travelling through time too. For Middleton, journeys can trigger memories of being a child, transported by parents, safe and womb-like in the back of a warm car, free of responsibility and gazing out at the world flying by.
The paintings are instinctively and freely painted, conveying feelings of undefined places where the ordinary becomes extraordinary and home isn’t really a place to get to but is already within us as we make our journey.