I’m up at my friend Lola‘s house, right over the hill. It’s not where you’d expect to find the visionary young artist, in a neighborhood cascading with white picket fences and swimming pools. But she’s the sore thumb in a sea of fingers here,.. upon approaching her doorstep you can just feel the energy reverberating around her home studio. Something incredible is happening inside.
It’s not even so much a studio as a ’70s living room, dilapidated cocktail bar, shag carpet, the only thing we’re missing is Burt Reynolds’ mustache. But this is where Lola finds her space to paint some of the most involved and fantastical work currently emanating from the contemporary art scene.
Here is one of Lola’s older pieces, I want you to note the centerpiece, her recurring character. What is it? It’s not so much about the identity, as the emotion and mood. Lola expresses herself through that figure, and it carries throughout the rest of the piece. You might also be drawn to the intricate frame. That’s very Lola…
Half of the work is just finding these frames, as they provide the springboard for the artwork. Lola takes cues from the ornate frame to direct the painting that transpires. Here are some stories that are just waiting to be told…
And here, your first look at some new paintings, still unfinished.
These are the types of paintings that can speak to you for decades, the detail goes forever.
Over on her desk, Lola’s sketching out some wallpaper patterns. It’s for her upcoming solo show IPSUM FACTUM (where you can see the above works in all their entirety, plus a slew of others) opening this Saturday night, March 27th, at the Corey Helford Gallery.
Back to work… Lola’s got a busy week ahead of finishing touches.
See you Saturday night. Yes, you’re all invited.