Laura Letchinger | contemporary abstract artist los angeles | large modern paintings with an expressionism, urban industrial, street / graffiti edge
Laura Letchinger | contemporary abstract artist los angeles | large paintings modern with expressionism, urban industrial, street / graffiti edge | top female contemporary artists in los angeles
Works are mainly acrylic on canvas, often combined with other mediums including oil, pastel, graphite, ink, charcoal and collage.
Laura Letchinger | contemporary abstract artist los angeles | large modern paintings with an urban industrial, minimalist, street / graffiti edge. Original large contemporary art and abstract statement piece paintings for sale direct from my artist studio. Extra large original contemporary abstract paintings and oversized urban industrial loft art with a street / graffiti or minimalist edge for modern interior design. My original artworks are at home in urban spaces or with coastal beach decor. Laura Letchinger | contemporary abstract artist los angeles | large paintings modern with an urban industrial, minimalist, street / graffiti edge.
Laura Letchinger | contemporary abstract artist los angeles | large paintings with expressionism, urban industrial, street / graffiti edge | top contemporary artists in los angeles
I create large contemporary abstract paintings from my home studio in Los Angeles. I also collaborate with Skid Row based mosaic arts nonprofit Piece by Piece to produce large combination painting/mosaic artworks.
As a self-taught painter, my style has largely developed from a practice steeped in experimentation and intuition. What interests me most is ongoing connection with the creative energy that informs all inspired human activity, whatever that activity may be, and I've found this to be most successfully realized when approaching the studio with an “empty mind.” Working without a set plan, I respond to the moment with an openness to change, a variety of mediums, nuanced marks and expanses of color. Through this process a textured, layered and edgy urban aesthetic often emerges, but organic shapes, freedom and movement are also often present, with an appreciation, at times, for bold graphical lines and forms. For me, painting is a fascinating place of relief, renewal, magic and surprise; it’s a very hopeful place and I like to think people can feel that energy in the artworks.
Self-taught, I began making art when I was little. Drawings, cartoons, calligraphy . . . and countless chalk murals . . . were a huge part of my childhood in a small town outside of Chicago. One of the first memories I have of mark making was when I was very little and discovered piles of new white paper and freshly sharpened pencils in my grandparents’ attic. I vividly remember drawing a single crisp line across the vast emptiness of the paper, and for whatever reason, I loved everything about that. Still do.
I lived in the city (Chicago) for years, in Wicker Park before major gentrification, and soaked up graffiti almost every day while running and biking long distances. Layers of new vibrant colors over old fading compositions on top of even older brick buildings created a really fantastic visual; the energy and the unknown stories behind that resonated deeply. I biked home from work often between midnight and 2am in the wintertime, when streets were empty and the foundry I always rode by was fired up, throwing its intense glowing heat through the open dock and out into the snowy cold. Something about opposites playing off each other in general was extremely beautiful and inspiring. That imagery fueled the poetry I wrote at the time and I can definitely see its influence in many of the paintings I make now.
Life took different directions, and it was in 2013 that I began painting and selling work online. I’ve also been represented by galleries in Houston and Los Angeles.
Artists whose work resonates with me include Katherine Dunn, Judithe Hernandez, Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, Gerhard Richter, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Christopher Wool, Gino Hollander, Mark Bradford, Dirk De Bruycker . . . and many amazing street artists.
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Paintings have been collected and placed by individuals, designers, art consultants, architects and developers.
Pussywillows, age 4 (preservation credit: Dad)