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 have exhibited my paintings in New England, New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, Illinois, Ohio, and Florida. I have co-directed an award-winning short film with Eloise Sherrid that has screened at film festivals in the US, Canada, Sweden, Bulgaria, and Russia. I will have my first New York solo show with Half Gallery in 2023. 

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.

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.

Painter & Performance Artist

Acrylic, Collage, Marker, Body Paint

Lauryn Welch

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 chronic illness 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.

Lauryn Welch

Video Profile

Studio Playlist

Lauryn Welch