Lauryn Welch

I live in Brooklyn, New York, and am currently an MFA student at Hunter College. I completed my BFA in Painting at Purchase College. I’ve worked with elementary, high school, and college students, teaching studio art at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, Peterborough Art Academy, and the RISD Pre-College Program. For several years, I was the gallery manager and curator for the Sharon Arts Gallery in New Hampshire.

I have exhibited my work in New York, New Hampshire, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Sweden. My high school had a decent art department, but I only got to take one art class there. When I was 16 years old, my parents enrolled me in a portfolio class at a local art center. This class totally blew up my idea of what it meant to be an artist and I ended up changing my career path to art.

Artist Statement

I make acrylic paintings about the relationship between private space and the people that inhabit and shape it. I draw from my experiences in caregiving and dis/ability to depict the many joyful, loving, idiosyncratic, and fraught formulations of private space between two people. I use magical realism as a way to describe the psychological tenor and history interwoven between body and interior.

My subjects are of the everyday. I paint my partner, our tchotchkes, plants, cats, birds, and windows. I use maximalism to create a sense of space that telescopes in on itself, and use color and pattern to unify the digressions of detail within my paintings. I work iteratively, reconfiguring old paintings within new ones to generate worlds within worlds.

Painter & Performance Artist
she/they

Super Power

Acrylic, Collage, Marker, Body Paint

Favorite artists

Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard, Félix Vallotton, Doron Langberg, Katsushika Hokusai, Peter Doig, Marilyn Minter, Jessica Stockholder

Video Profile

Art Prof Clara Lieu interviews Teaching Artist Lauryn Welch about her artistic development as a child to her time as an undergraduate student at the Rhode Island School of Design and Purchase College, to her current studio practice as an MFA student at Hunter College in NYC. Lauryn specializes in acrylic painting, marker drawing, and performance art.

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