Saturday, June 29, 2019

Artist of the day, June 29-30: Laurie Lipton, an American artist (#732)

Laurie Lipton (1953) was born in New York and began drawing at the age of four. She was the first person to graduate from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania with a Fine Arts Degree in Drawing (with honors). She has lived in Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, the UK and has recently moved to Los Angeles after 36 years abroad. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the USA.

Lipton was inspired by the religious paintings of the Flemish School. She tried to teach herself how to paint in the style of the 16th century Dutch Masters and failed. When traveling around Europe as a student, she began developing her very own peculiar drawing technique building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines like an egg tempera painting. “It’s an insane way to draw”, she says, “but the resulting detail and luminosity is worth the amount of effort. My drawings take longer to create than a painting of equal size and detail.”

If she can imagine it, she can realize it with immense clarity and finesse. When this expertise is married with her indubitably thought provoking ingenuity for weaving visual narratives filled with dramatic intrigue, you have a formula which enables the creation of some seriously compelling and intense imagery. Laurie is determined to address any subject which holds personal meaning for her, no matter how challenging or uncomfortable it may be for viewers. She constantly pushes herself and her audience with each new work, constructing powerful renderings which lead us to question our relationships, not only with ourselves and each other, but also with the traditions maintained and the new developments implemented in our modern era.

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Ms Laurie Lipton

Laurie Lipton at work

1980, Last night Greamt Murderer Mommie

2005 Collateral damage

2005, Family Reunion

2009, Communications

2009, Reality TV

2010 Nut Cracker

2010 Surveillance

2010, The fates

2010, The illusion of Control Tower

2010, The illusion of Control Tower (detail)

2011, Bumper to bumper

2011, La Luz

2011, La Luz (detail)

2011, The knitter of bones

2012, Democracy

2012, Round and round

2012, Walking the dog

2012, Walking the dog (detail)

2013, Off

2013, Off  (detail)

2013, On

2013, On (Detail)

2013, Wired

2014, Interface

2014, Network

2015, Happy

2015, Happy (detail)

2015, Selfie

2015, Virtual reality

2015, Virtual reality (detail)

2016, Default setting

2016, Default setting (detail)

2016, Emoting

2016, Emoting (detail)

2016, Personal effects

2017, Like Dislike


2017, Mouthpiece

2017, Mouthpiece (detail)

2017, Ossified

2017, Post truth

2017, Post truth (detail)

2017, Post truth (detail)

2017, Post truth (detail)

2018, Alone in the room, socializing

2018, I'm fine, thanks

2018, I'm fine, thanks (detail)

2018, I'm fine, thanks (detail)

2018, Messaging

2019, Newsfeed