Harold Braul

Harold Braul, a fellow Montrealer, has enjoyed much success in established galleries all over Canada, the U.S. and Europe.

Harold Braul  finds beauty in the mundane sights of the modern city; his glimpses of everyday life are rendered in bold color and tempered with a soft, seductive luminescence. Trained as an urban designer, Braul creates a pictorial space that is seemingly three-dimensional. The thick, fluid application of oil paint gives the surface of his work an almost sculptural appearance.

Harold ’s introduction to art began at the early age of 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 Haroldès paintings were also influenced 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 Braul
Harold Braul Artist, At the Bar 30x40
Harold Braul Artist, At the Bar 30x40
Harold Braul Artist, Blue Bird 14x11
Harold Braul Artist, Blue Bird 14x11
Harold Braul Artist, Red Breasted 14x11
Harold Braul Artist, Red Breasted 14x11
Harold Braul Artist, Nine in a Row 24x48
Harold Braul Artist, Nine in a Row 24x48
Harold Braul Artist, The Courier 24x30
Harold Braul Artist, The Courier 24x30
Braul Artist, On a Wire 24x30
Braul Artist, On a Wire 24x30

Harold Braul uses a combination of his hands, palette knives and brushes, the medium is worked in palpable strokes to create a rich, material texture. Braul uses loose brushwork, vibrating lines and diffuse light to feature 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. “My goal is to render a likeness of the scene before me while at the same time capturing the energy of the relationship between the subjects. I try to leave the audience with the idea that something has just happened or is about to happen.” 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.

Harold Braul 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 artists own interior vision of urban existence. “When people pose for a photograph their expressions tend to have a hollow quality about them; in painting I try to capture the real, unguarded essence of the image.” Similar to the French Impressionists of the 19th century, Braul 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.

“I try to achieve timelessness with my paintings,” says the artist, “to separate the subject from time and place and so create a work that will always feel immediate.