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Pamela Cockcroft-Lasserre is an artist and art teacher in Ottawa, Canada.
Familiarity of the human figure is superseded by its potential to be contextualized and made relevant. Whether sublime or ridiculous or the vast spectrum of possibilities in between, its timeless, universal appeal is undeniable. The main body of my work - oil paintings and drawings - seeks to explore that potential and to celebrate its enduring aesthetic and psychological attraction. When traveling abroad, water colour is the preferred medium for satisfying a relentless need to paint places that stir, captivate and compel. As observer and tongue-in-cheek commentator on canvas and paper, I juggle people, place, edifice and narrative, hoping that their trajectory will find an engaging pace and rhythm.
Early years in South Africa and Namibia, studied to be a teacher (Graaff-Reinet and Cape Town), then Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School (St Martin’s Central, University of the Arts, London) graduating with Merit Distinction. Returned to Cape Town as an Assistant Gallery Custodian (S.A. Association of the Arts), Lecturer in European Art History (Ruth Prowse), Art Critic for the Cape Times, painting and exhibiting in group shows. Widely traveled in Southern Africa and Europe, now settled in the Gatineau Hills, Quebec, creating predominantly figure paintings and drawings, teaching at the Ottawa School of Art and exhibiting regularly. Work found in private collections in South Africa, France, U.S.A. and Canada.
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