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Lawren Alice

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Birthplace
Norwich, CT

Birth year
1985

Lives in
Philadelphia

Works in
Philadelphia

Website

Representing galleries
Gallery ML

Tags
bodypaint figurative conceptual

Statement

My canvas is the living, breathing human body and the paints that I use are a water-based cake makeup specifically designed for safe use on the skin. Body painting, in contrast to traditional acrylic or oil painting, has to be done as fast as possible - painted with both grace and speed without compromising quality. Body painting doesn’t allow me the luxury to set my work down for extended periods of time and come back to it at a later date. My time limitations weigh on the shoulders of my canvas (quite literally) and because time is of the essence, every stroke and line I paint is applied with confidence and intention. Aside from the fact that my canvas is a moving, living thing I need to make sure is hydrated, rested and happy, I also need to make sure that my work is photographed before it’s all washed away at the end of the day. Body painting, in contrast to other traditional painting, is a whole different beast and due to it’s short lived shelf life, must be photographed to record its extremely temporary existence. Most of my work has been photographed by my long-time friend and owner of Gallery ML, Noah Musher. Together we work as a team where his role as a photographer is absolutely necessary in preserving my work. Once the body painting image has been shot, the final edited piece then goes to print where it’s made into limited edition signed giclee prints stretched onto canvas. 

Most of the fine art body painting images I produce have been planned out to be painted specifically for one shot. A good example of this is my Wing Series, where I deliberately disguise the human figure under a kaleidoscoped pattern of monarch butterfly wings but leave just enough hint of a human element for the viewer to at first get lost in the image and then, after a long enough stare, realize the whole of what they’re looking at. I make sure to go down the opposite path of stereotypical body painting and stay away from overly obvious nudity that could be misinterpreted as sexual. I don’t want my work to be obtrusive or offensive and have made it my personal mission as a body painter to prove to the general public that body painting doesn’t have to be all breasts and butts. It can and should be a respected medium of art worthy of display in a fine art gallery setting.

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Education

1999 - 2003 Norwich Free Academy. Fine Arts Program - Norwich, CT
Summer 2003  Parson’s School of Design. Pre-College Program - NYC, NY
2003 - 2005 University of The Arts. Metals Major - Philadelphia, PA

Honors & Awards

2003 - University of the Arts. Philadelphia, PA.
Promising Artist Award Scholarship
2009 - Face and Body Art International Convention. Orlando, FL.
3rd Place in Semi-Pro. Body Painting
2010 - North American Body Painting Championships. Las Vegas, NV.
7th Place in Brush & Sponge Body Painting
2010 - Face and Body Art International Convention. Orlando, FL.
1st Place in Semi-Pro. Body Painting
2011 - North American Body Painting Championships. Dallas, TX.
7th Place in Brush & Sponge Body Painting
2011 - Face and Body Art International Convention. Orlando, FL
5th Place in Pro. Body Painting
2011 - World Body Painting Championships. Portstach am Worthersee, Austria.
4th Place in Professional Brush & Sponge
2011 - World Body Painting Festival. Portstach am Worthersee, Austria.
7th Place in Fine Art Body Painting
2011 - Philadelphia RAW Artists. Philadelphia, PA.
2011 Philadelphia Visual Artist of The Year Award
2011 - RAW Artists, National. Los Angeles, CA.
2011 National Visual Artist of The Year Award

Exhibitions

Gallery ML - The World’s First Collective Body Art Gallery (Philadelphia, PA)
Apr. 2010 Grand Opening Group Show
Aug. 2010 The Collective Group Show
Oct. 2010 Glowing Minds Group Show
Dec. 2010 Year Ending Group Show
Apr. 2010 One Year Anniversary Founders Show
Nov. 2010 Year Ending Group Show

Philadelphia RAW Artists Showcase - G Lounge (Philadelphia, PA)
Jun. 2011 Interactive, The Group Show
Nov. 2011 Philadelphia RAWards Semi-Finals Showcase

Twelve21 Gallery - Contemporary Art (Orlando, FL)
Nov. 2011 The Hannya Mask Project Group Show


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