About the Artist

          Lauren Lesley was born in South Carolina, USA in 1999. She is best known for her drawings and paintings based on photographs that she has taken and collected since she was a child. Each piece reflects on a specific time period in her life and depicts elements which represent subjects she has a strong emotional connection to but is physically disconnected from; family members and pets, mementos and childhood toys that have tattered over time, and details of events and life moments that she can only relive through memory. In order to accurately capture the essence of the subjects or scenes, details such as the texture of fur, ripples in water, and patterns on fabric are rendered in a way that mimics those in each reference photo, while others are altered for compositional purposes or simply left to dissipate in the background. The act of unearthing, recreating, and highlighting these personal relationships helps to decrease the physical disconnection between the subjects being referenced by allowing the artist to give them her undivided attention during the creative process, even when she is unable to revisit them in person.

  Lauren received a National Gold Medal from Scholastics Art and Writing in 2018, and her work has been displayed in galleries across the United States as well as featured in Artists Network and Artists Magazine’s Strokes of Genius 9 | The Best of Drawing. She will graduate from Ringling College of Art and Design in May, 2022 where she currently works as Co-Gallery Director at Crossley Gallery.