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Lauren Ennist
Hillsdale, NJ

Artwork Details
Nacre (mother-of-pearl)
Oil paint on board

Lauren's oil paintings depict family, friends and the occasional unidentified person. These modern portraits benefit from a kind of hyper vigilance of the process of painting. She experiences her paintings through their "subtle nuances, veiled meanings, minor changes in facial and physical expressions..." Lauren uses this vigilance to seize and codify her subject's state of mind. Her paintings straddle the genres of portrait and figurative art, with subjects that are either unaware of or engaged with the viewer.


Lauren lives within the modern, industrialized framework of New Jersey and her visual reality is the edge of a rectangular canvas. She chooses to push figures close to the canvas surface, enlarge their scale so they dominate the space; the backgrounds contain the rudiments of geometric modernity. Compositions are taut and carefully calculated in relation to the canvas' edge. The space between the figure and edge, "the void", is a carefully constructed element of the composition.


Lauren was part of the Hoboken Artists Studio Tour this past October. Her work is currently on display in the 24th International Juried Exhibition at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey in Summit. She has also shown at The Hun Gallery, NYC; Fieldstone Fine Art, Ramsay, NJ; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL; Torpedo Art Center, Alexandria, VA; and the Brodsky Gallery, EST, Princeton, NJ

Lauren's work will be displayed in the City without Walls, METRO26SHOW, a multi-stop, year long (ending May 2010), exhibition touring New Jersey.