Urban Artist Harold Braul
He was born in 1960 in southern Ontario. Throughout his early years he received instruction in painting techniques from Roger Rondue (a local artist). Harold received a degree in industrial design in London, Ontario and from that point devoted himself to the exploration and interpretation of the world around him.
For over 20 years Harold has studied in depth the idea of group compositions. More specifically cafe scenarios, commuter imagery and nature.
” My goal is to render a likeness while at the same time capturing the energy of the relationship between the subjects.”
Harold tries to achieve a timelessness with his paintings, separating the subject from time and place. In doing so he creates a work that will always feel immediate.
Harold’s expressive painting with exaggerated perspectives and blurred colors allows the viewer to find their own interpretation of the work and ensures that his work will remain a must have for collectors for years to come.
Braul lays down the basis of each canvas with a brush before switching to his fingers as the work progresses. The resulting canvases are vibrant and kinetic.
“My goal is to render a likeness,” confirms Braul, “but also to capture the energy of the relationship between the subjects, if there are more than one. When people pose for a photograph their expressions tend to have a hollowness about them; in painting a portrait I try to capture the real, unguarded essence of the person or the animal. I try to achieve a timelessness with my paintings to separate the subject from time and place and so create a work that will always feel immediate.”