Laura Boswell – Artist’s biography & work
Laura Boswell is an artist printmaker with a business background. She received her degree in visual art and art history from The University of Wales, Aberystwyth. She then pursued a career in the photographic industry.
In 2005 she returned to printmaking and almost immediately started work on two public art projects for her local council. Following the successful delivery of twin street length enamel murals for Aylesbury in 2009, she undertook an international print residency in Japan to train with Japanese masters in traditional Japanese woodblock. In 2013 she returned to Japan for a further printmaking residency and in 2014 led a delegation from Oxford Brookes University at the Tokyo International Print Conference.
In addition to her printmaking and public art commissions, she exhibits and teaches regularly and writes a monthly column for Artist and Illustrator’s Magazine. Her prints feature in national collections including the House of Lords and the Library of Wales.
Laura’s artwork for Gyosei
Laura’s seven enamel panels presenting local birds using a Japanese aesthetic, combine her training in Japanese woodblock and her experience of Japanese art with the practicality of vitreous enamelling. The panels are inspired by birds and plants that visitors to the canal are likely to see around them throughout the year.
Laura has combined her imagery with Japanese short poems to bring together both local and Japanese ideas about seasonality and local wildlife, celebrating both the Japanese theme of the Gyosei Art Trail and the richness of the canal environment.