Laurie Lipton was born in New York. She was the first person to graduate with honors from the prestigious Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania with a Fine Arts Degree in Drawing. Laurie has lived in Holland, Belgium, Germany, and France. She currently lives and works in London.
Behind the smooth, photographic-like surfaces of her pencil drawings lies a world of intricate detail. Inspired by the hyper-realistic paintings of the 17th-Century Flemish Masters, she has developed a unique graphic technique using a permanent-point pencil in a way that mimics these artists’ endlessly patient application of egg-tempera paint.
From thousands of intricate, cross-hatched pencil strokes, she creates deep, often macabre images. She sees her pencils as colors, with the H leads as cold and the B leads as warm.
Says Laurie, “I only draw about the things that affect me deeply. Why bother spending so much time and effort on a piece if I’m not passionately involved? I want my work to dig into me, to be so subjective that it goes beyond itself and is able to affect other people. I am trying to be brutally honest with myself in order to communicate, to touch on a truth. It’s like an archeological dig deep down into the day to day.”