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Artwork by: Laurel Sparks


If you aren’t familiar already, I want to introduce you to one of my absolute favorite contemporary artists, Laurel Sparks. Sparks is originally from Boston (represent!) now working in Brooklyn- but I am looking forward to her return for an upcoming show at Howard Yezerski Gallery on March 16th.

Laurel Sparks is most well known for her mixed media paintings and use of color and expression. Specifically her style is ambidextrous blind contour drawings- which simply means that while  painting a subject, she paints both sides of the painting at the exact same time, without looking at the canvas. This style lends itself to her signature subjects- symmetric chandeliers and Christmas trees.

Another fun aspect of her paintings is the addition of detail through the use of mixed media. Each painting has a few small surprises adding to the panache of the overall piece.

I can imagine hanging one of these large chandelier pieces in a dining room over a console or buffet table in place of an actual chandelier over the dining table. While the painting doesn’t actually luminesce- it certainly gives light to a room.


Author: beautiful Life and Style

Out to prove to the world that "Stylish Engineer" is not an oxymoron. Always expanding my knowledge of art, architecture, fashion and entertaining while creating a beautiful life and style.

2 thoughts on “Artwork by: Laurel Sparks

  1. Love the second painting. I wonder if it would work in my dining room, with its Mission style furnishings?

    • I think the beauty of contemporary art is that it looks striking against any furniture or style. Whether as a part of a modern look or a stark contrast to traditional furniture. You just have to make sure the colors are right 🙂

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