When I started trying to promote my own artwork online I kept coming across other people's art that amazed or compelled me in one way or another. This blog has been a way for me to practice thinking and writing about art, as well as learning more about my peers and all the incredible art that is being made out there.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Laurie Lipton

Laurie Lipton has been creating disquieting, disturbing, horrific, and sometimes viciously funny black and white drawings for over 30 years. Every piece is a reaction to fear; fear of the monotony of modern technology, media and society, fear of the impersonal and banal infecting us and slowly removing our souls, fear of passion being replaced by mere process, and of course, fear of death. But if all that sounds awfully heavy and rather pretentiously ponderous, just let me add that her reaction to that fear is generally one of insane, maniacal laughter. These are painstakingly rendered drawings that clearly required hours upon hours of meticulous craftsmanship, and yet, all the while that insane cackling must have been going off in some distant corner of her brain. This may well be a prime example of art as therapy, and I would not be the least bit surprised to discover that Ms. Lipton is a perfectly pleasant and well adjusted person. On the outside.
You can wade through all 30 years of her images on her website: laurielipton.com

I would like to thank the folks at freaksonline.co.uk for introducing me to her work.

The Dead Factory - (2009)
83 x 132 cm - charcoal and pencil on paper

The Dead Factory - detail

Facelift - (2005)
53 X 40 cm - pencil on paper

Reality TV - (2009)
82 x 104 cms - charcoal and pencil on paper

Reality TV - detail

On - (2008)
124 x 92.5 - charcoal and pencil on paper

...and here's a piece from much earlier in her career:

Last Night I Dreamt that I Murdered Mommy - (1980)
63.5 x 91 cm - pencil on paper


  1. I love these very much.

  2. I love the surreal look of that final one, very reminiscent of dreams

  3. Methril. You're right. It really does feel like a nightmare. I usually post more recent pieces but just had to include that one.