Harold Braul is dubbed Canadian Cool for his modern, impressionist style. Harold 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 Harold, "but also to capture the energy of the relationship between the subjects, if there is more than one... I try to achieve timelessness with my paintings, to separate the subject from time and place and so create a work that will always feel immediate."
Harold was born in 1960 in southern Ontario. His early introduction to art began at age 6, when he studied under the tutelage of a private teacher. It was during this period of his life where he became a faithful disciple of color, line and light. In his later years his works would become informed through his study of Industrial Design at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, however to this day he maintains the child-like whimsy that first drew him to the medium.
Harold draws his snapshot scenes from imagination that is filtered through memory. While his work depicts the realities of everyday life, each figure and setting is conjured from the artist's own interior vision of urban existence. Similar to the French Impressionists of the 19th century, Harold finds beauty in the mundane sights of the modern city: a commuter awaiting his connection, or the billow of an overcoat on a rain-swept street. These glimpses of the everyday are rendered in bold color tempered with a soft, seductive luminescence.
Harold uses loose strokes, vibrating lines and diffuse light to highlight themes of motion and flux that characterize his work: a cyclist corners a turn, a bird prepares to take flight, a bistro boils with bold, noisy color and lively figures. Each moment represented suggests an unfolding narrative. Each moment, though ordinary, expresses the extraordinary play of light and color that may be found in the simplest scenes of city life.
The Plaza Galleries is proud to present the fine art of Harold Braul.