FEATURE laura lancaster

Seven Creative Questions for UK Painter Laura Lancaster

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Laura Lancaster is a 37-year-old painter from Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

We think her work is tops. A flurry of broad, colorful strokes resulting in framed splashes that are cinematic and stirring.

When we opened this column up to artists, we had to include her.

Laura’s work — represented by WORKPLACE Gallery — just keeps getting better and better… more mesmerizing with each passing season. It’s truly captivating stuff.

Here are our Seven Creative Questions for Laura, along with a look at her most recent work.

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NAME: Laura Lancaster

AGE (if you want to give it up): 37

COMPANY: Artist

HOMETOWN: Hartlepool

CURRENT TOWN: Newcastle Upon Tyne

OCCUPATION: Artist

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TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF: I am an artist who lives in the UK.

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Laura_LancasterLaura Lancaster, 2015, painting in the former studio of Elaine De Kooning, East Hampton, NY.

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PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR ART: I am primarily a painter, most recently I have been making large scale figural paintings from anonymous found archive materials such as photographs and Super 8 film. I explore the potential of painting and its relevance today, hoping to open up its possibilities.

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1. How long have you been an artist? And what is your earliest art memory?

For as long as I can remember — I’m not sure what my earliest art memory is, probably looking through my parents’ books on art as a child or watching my father paint when I was a child.

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lancaster 1Laura Lancaster; Untitled, 2016; Oil and acrylic on linen; 120 x 150 cm; 47 1/4 x 59 1/8 in; (LL0706)

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2. Who is the best new artist to emerge in the last five to ten years? Why?

Its difficult to narrow it down to one single artist, I think Laura Owens is a really interesting painter, in terms of exploring the language of paint, and she speaks very eloquently about painting.

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lancaster 2Laura Lancaster; Untitled, 2015; Oil and acrylic on linen; 180 x 230 cm; 70 7/8 x 90 1/2 in; (LL0698)

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3. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve heard (business, dating, or otherwise)? And do you follow it?

80% of success is showing up — Woody Allen, and I do try to follow it!

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lancaster 3Laura Lancaster, Montage VI, 2015, Oil and acrylic on linen (diptych), 280 x 250 cm, 110 1/4 x 98 3/8 in, (LL0704)

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4. What is your favorite place to shop, anywhere in the world, and why?

I’m not generally a big fan of shopping, but I love buying art materials and new music.

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lancaster 4Laura Lancaster, Me and Stella Playing Air Guitar, 2014, Oil and acrylic on linen, 200 x 200 cm, 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in, (LL0552)

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5. What music, movie, book, or magazine gets you ready to paint, sketch, or brainstorm?

Noise rock is good to get the energy going in the studio — I’ve been listening to a friends band, Foot Hair, a lot recently. I also listen to more minimal music like Eliane Radigue or Pauline Oliveros, so it really varies depending on what kind of mood I’m in!

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lancaster 5Laura Lancaster, Untitled, 2014, Oil and acrylic on linen, 200 x 200 cm, 78 3/4 x 78 3/4 in, (LL0553)

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6. What is the question a person should ask you, and how would you answer? 

Probably “which twin are you?” as I have a twin sister, Rachel,  who is also an artist, and this would save some confusion in social situations!

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lancaster 6Laura Lancaster, Untitled, 2014, Oil and acrylic on linen, 180 x 230 cm, 70 7/8 x 90 1/2 in, (LL0557)

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7. If you could only spend US$250, what art piece or pieces would you buy right now on eBay?

It’s not strictly art, but I would probably spend it on more found home movies to use as source material — I have been collecting them for some time now so it would be nice to add to the collection.

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lancaster 7Laura Lancaster, Mask, 2014, Oil on linen, 150 x 120 cm, 59 1/8 x 47 1/4 in, (LL0630)

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For more information about Laura Lancaster, please contact WORKPLACE Gallery.

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All images courtesy of Laura Lancaster and WORKPLACE Gallery

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OTHER “SEVEN CREATIVE QUESTIONS”

* Designer Philippe Vergez

* Illustrator Bonnie Pang

* Artist Rafael Lanfranco