Born in France (1966), educated in Paris and Britain, Laurence lives in London. Since 2011, Laurence (LAC) has been working out of Make Space Studios in the London East End and she is part of the the Artists’ Pool. She takes part in regular group show and collaborative multi-disciplinary projects.
“My painting is about colours and energy, about making sense of places and conditions in which we live, creating a pictural language to communicate and exchange, hoping it will resonate with the viewers”
Born in France (1966), educated in Paris and Britain, Laurence lives in London. Since 2011, Laurence (LAC) has been working out of Make Space Studios in the London East End and she is part of the the Artists’ Pool. She takes part in regular group show and collaborative multi-disciplinary projects. Her most recent experience in December 2020 was to curate a 20-artist-strong group show in a reclaimed space in central London.
LAC’s first solo exhibition took place in India in 2003. Since then, her artist path has been guided by a daily commitment to studio work and collaborative projects from India to the UK, via Taiwan, Thailand, France, Italy and Japan.
From 2000 to 2010, she lived in Asia with her family. Mumbai’s Hacienda gallery in the Khala Godha district welcomed her first solo exhibition in 2003. Then followed six years in Thailand where she joined Bangkok’s art community, working with numerous galleries, while sharing her passion through painting workshops for children and adults. Before moving back to Europe, she was given the opportunity to decorate a Karen chapel in the Northern village of Maewe and her Paths series of paintings was shown at The New York Affordable Art Fair by Bangkok’s La Lanta gallery.
Her decade in Asia was a radical change from her early years rooted in the South of France.
Shuttling between countries and cultures, LAC gives herself the freedom to select materials from changing contexts, the result being a very distinctive style built on mixed media, layering techniques and a bold use of colour inherited from her Mediterranean childhood.
Since 2015, LAC has developed a consistent body of work inspired by her immediate environment, London, which is the embodiment of all the cities in permanent flux she lived in, visited or imagined. Her urban landscapes are created out of many memories rather than an exact depiction, expressing a very personal experience of the 21st century urban world.
Her process can be defined by a permanent equilibrium between control and chaos. Control through the applications of various techniques and the use of mixed media such as sand, acrylic, pigments, inks, Posca pens, pastels, found objects, and collages. Chaos as the layering, mixing, superposing, leads to unexpected and dynamic combinations. Applying, washing, layering colours is a process which echoes what she feels is the essence of her experience as a human being: never being able to completely grasp a place or a person, questioning rather than building certitudes, the reality of the world she tries to understand always shifting.
The Little Art Show/ Fitzrovia Gallery, London. Self curated show in collaboration with Brian Reinker.
Urbanité, BGallery, Paris, France.
Liminal Spaces, Brompton Chapel, London.
Urban Series, L’Insensé Fabre Museum, Montpellier, France
Training program for volunteer guide at the National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
MA in Political Sciences, University of Nottingham, UK,
– Sciences Po (Institut of Political Sciences) Paris
Undertow, OpenArtExchange, Schiedam, The Netherlands
Art Now! / Pretty Vacant space, London. Head curator of a 20-artist group show.
Inner World, Boomer Gallery, London.
Inner Landscape, Q Collective, virtual curated show, Berlin-Tel Aviv.
British Paintings II, Bermondsey Project Space, London
Where WE Live, Brompton Gallery, London.
Threads, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh.
Impact of Buildings, Allies and Morrison architects and Hampstead School of Art, London.
APDA, photo exhibition, Kyoto, Japan
Focus LDN Winter Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London
Threads, Dundas Street Gallery, Edinburgh
Contemporaries, Old Brompton Street Gallery, London
Focus LDN Winter Exhibition, Menier Gallery, London.
Londoner’s Compass, Strand Gallery, London.
The Art of Regeneration, Menier Gallery, London.
JARFO Art Gallery, Kyoto, Japan.