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Laura Jane Myntti
|Education||University of Idaho, University of Paris-Sorbonne (then University of Paris IV), and Claremont Graduate University, MFA, 2017|
|Known for||Painting, etching, drawing, found objects, mosaics, photo collage|
|"Portrait of Susan Knowles", "Marriage Series", "Family Series", "Dining Room", "Women in Love", "Lillies"|
|Movement||Oak Park Area Arts Council, Self Help Graphics & Art|
|Awards||Best Print Award, All Alaska Juried Exhibition (1988); Alaska State Council on the Arts Research Grant (1989)|
|Elected||Member, Regional board of directors, UNICEF; Women's board member, Adler Planetarium|
Laura Myntti (born 1962, Minnesota) is an American artist noted for her paintings, etchings, and in situ drawings; she also works with found objects, mosaics, and photo collage. Her work is widely exhibited, and her collections are held in a variety museums.
Laura Myntti was born in Minnesota, and lived in Sioux City, Iowa and San Diego before settling in Salt Lake City in 1968. She then moved to Newburgh, Indiana in 1977 and was married in 1985, then moved to Anchorage, Alaska. This marriage ended in divorce in 1988 when Myntti left to attend Kansas State University. She created art in Boston, London, and New York before residing in River Forest, Illinois for over a decade.
The Oak Park Journal said that "Ms. Myntti's work is inspired by the daily experiences of life, including interpersonal relationships, family and marriage. She often uses vivid, expressive colors in her paintings." The Spokesman-Review described the vibrant, expressive colors and simplified forms in her paintings as being "reminiscent of the early 20th-century Fauve movement", and also quoted her to have acknowledged that her art professors at the University of Idaho always said she was never afraid to use color, she is attracted to discordant colors. "These paintings are experimental and fun", wrote Jan Ingram – in the Anchorage Daily News of January 30, 1994 – about some exhibited work of Laura Myntti. "They tell stories of domesticity, relationships won and lost, feelings expressed and repressed, experience gained and given", admitted Lianne Williamson – two years later in the same newspaper – about her exhibited works at the Nordic Heritage Museum. She also acknowledged that "with regard to style, Myntti has stated that her influence are deeply rooted in the modernist tradition".
According to Eric Swenson in the Anchorage Daily News, "for Fairbanks painter and printmaker David Mollett, "humor is one of Myntti's many strengths. Most artists are so serious. Without cartooning or being cute or charming, Laura manages to be very funny. Her humor is good natured and subtle, but there's also and edge there, that comes from her sincerity.""
There are many recognized artworks by Myntti. Some include:
|"Portrait of Susan Knowles", wife of Tony Knowles (the former Governor of Alaska), is one of the widely recognized works by Myntti. According to Reflex, "Knowles's mouth in telegenic smile is the focus of the painting and serves as an epiphany for the lot of a politician's wife".||"Marriage Series" of paintings by Myntti is described in Reflex as "a set of variations on domestic themes that capture moments of anger, adoration, or the welter of other feelings that make up a marriage".|
|"Family Series" of etchings by Myntti is one of her more figurative series that is widely recognized. The "Family No. 9" is featured in the Pioneer Press of February 16, 2000. The Pioneer Press said "she can wink at human frailties while celebrating the rather ordinary but inherently complex ties we have to others ".||"Dining Room", an oil on canvas was reviewed by The Spokesman-Review as depicting the 'dining room' as a very intimate space, "even though there are no people in it, there is definitely a scenario going on". The painting was exhibited – along with other pieces – at The Prichard Art Gallery (of the University of Idaho), Moscow, Idaho in October 2002.|
|"Women in Love" was the theme of Myntti's show of April 2009 at Association Pour L' Estampe at L'Art Populaire in Paris. According to Pioneer Press – Oak Leaves, the exhibition of etchings]] were inspired by "a large box of carefully collected photographs from the 1930s, '40s and '50s"; it described her [[etchings the "Woman in Love No. 8" as "reminiscent of a Matisse painting", and admitted that the exhibition is very strong with the etchings nearly selling out.||"Lillies", an oil painting by Myntti was exhibited – along with other pieces – at Expressions Graphics Gallery, Oak Park, Illinois in June 2011. It is featured in the Wednesday Journal of January 18, 2011.|
In the words of Ralph J.Bellantoni, as published in the Courier News of April 27, 2000, "Myntti works along thematic lines and has evolved a number of series of prints and paintings over the course of her career". Some other recognized series of artwork by Laura Myntti include: "relationships series", "party series" and "piano series".
"The work Myntti is best known for is her portrayals of human subjects amidst rich interiors. She takes moments from her subjects' lives and paints a story about them." This acknowledgment is by Alice Whitaker in the First City Scene section of the Ketchikan Daily News of March 5–6, 1999.
- New York Public Library
- Los Angeles County Museum of Art
- Anchorage Museum of History and Art
- The Mexican Fine Art Museum, Chicago
- Laguna Art Museum
- Douglas Davis, Laura Myntti Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle, 1997. (catalog of a 1997 exhibit at the museum) 24p.
- Ivan Esteban Casteneda. The Efficacy of Representation: The Work of Laura Myntti Pritchard Art Gallery, 2002 (Catalog of exhibition, Prichard Museum, University Of Idaho 
- "Oak Park Area Arts Council ~ artists – m". Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- "Laura Myntti". North Coast Journal. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- "LAURA MYNTTI KICKS OFF TOUR AT EXPRESSIONS GRAPHICS". Oak Park Journal. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- Jan Ingram (January 30, 1994). "A playfully feminist exhibition from painter Laura Myntti". Anchorage Daily News.
- Lianne Williamson (June 29, 1997). "Artist explores female existentialism". Anchorage Daily News.
- Deb Quantock McCarey (January 18, 2011). "River Forest artist co-chairs UNICEF's upcoming gala benefit". Wednesday Journal. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- Julianne Crane (October 3, 2002). "Myntti doesn't skimp on color – University of Idaho grad shows work at Prichard Gallery". The Spokesman-Review. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- Eric Swenson (October 13, 1995). "MYNTTI: Anchorage artist paints with passion, humor". Anchorage Daily News. p. F2. Retrieved June 29, 2012.
- Eric Swenson (November 1995). "LAURA MYNTTI at GALLERY 154, FREMONT FINE ARTS FOUNDRY (Seattle)". Reflex. p. 9.
- Stephanie Fosnight (June 25, 2009). "Box of photos inspires 'Women in Love'". Pioneer Press – Oak Leaves. p. B1. Archived from the original on March 25, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- Ralph J.Bellantoni (April 27, 2000). "Artist's passion for life reflected in her work". Courier News.
- Alice Whitaker (March 5–6, 2009). "Laura Myntti takes a detour". Ketchikan Daily News. p. 2.
- "Laura Myntti by Douglas Davis". AbeBooks.com. Retrieved April 30, 2012.