Laura Lasworth (lauralasworth.com) is known for her sophisticated use of literary, philosophical, and personal symbolism in a manner that recalls classical allegory and medieval iconography. Since 2001, her method has resembled that of a long-form writer: in her elaborate cycles of paintings, including Love’s Lyric (2001), The Gray (2004) The Western Wall (2010), and After Images (2016) each panel functions as a chapter; from the whole a narrative emerges, coaxing careful reading. Lasworth’s cycles frequently allude to literature, philosophy, and sacred history, yet they refrain from didacticism or literalism. Instead her paintings often exhibit a respectful melancholy, as if they must span unbridgeable distances. The result is not a sense of futility but of hope and impending miracle.
What art do you most identify with?
I identify with different kinds of visual Art for different reasons. I seem to identify most completely with literature and filmmaking.
How do you price your work?
I’ve worked with the same Gallery since 1997, and generally the director, Lora Schlesinger sets the prices.
Where can people find you hanging out?
In my Ballard studio or around the neighborhood.
If you could own a work of art by any living artist, what would it be (or whose)?
Antonio Lopez Garcia or Jim Nutt
What is your favorite museum in Seattle?
What kind of work could we find in your home.
I've purchased small works by Aron Weisenfeld, Zhi Lin, Eric Elliot, Gala Bent, and a number of pieces from my most promising students like Benjamin Rowe Violet and Anelecia Hannah Brooks.
I have a number of pieces from Artists friends that came my way through gift or trade. These include works by Tom Knechtle, Sharon Ellis, Patty Wickman, John Frame, Rachell Sumpter, Nicholas Sistler, and others.
- 2016 - After Images - New work coming to Lora Schlesinger Gallery July 30, 2016 (Santa Monica CA)
- 2010 - The Western Wall, Lora Schlesinger Gallery (Santa Monica CA)
- 2009 -The Western Wall, SPAC Gallery (Seattle WA)
- 2005 - The Gray, Lora Schlesinger Gallery (Santa Monica, CA)
- 2001 - Love’s Lyric, Hunsaker/Schlesinger Gallery (Santa Monica, CA)
- 2016 - Art & Spirit, First Congregational Church of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
- 2016 - Search For Meaning, Vachon Gallery, Seattle University (Seattle WA)
- 2015 - Post-It Eleven, Giant Robot Gallery (Los Angeles, CA)
- 2014 - Signs of Life, Sturt Haaga Gallery (Pasadena, CA)
- 2014 - Storytellers, Earl & Virginia Green Art Gallery, BIOLA University (La Mirada, CA)
- Darrell & Marsha Anderson (Newport Beach, CA)
- Leah & Edward Schneider (Los Angeles, CA)
- Ronald Steen (Pasadena CA)