Lori Earley

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Lori Earley is a contemporary surrealist figurative artist who specializes in painting portraits of women.

Life and work

Lori Earley was born in Rye, New York. She graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she received a BFA.[1] Her work has appeared in several exhibitions, including solo shows in Seattle, Santa Monica, New York City and London. NY Arts Magazine wrote in their March/April 2008 issue, “Lori Earley is the leading female artist of the burgeoning Pop Surrealism Movement. Her melancholic, atmospheric portraits of women with exaggerated eyes and exotic, elongated figures evoke mystery and longing. Fusing romance and fashion with classicism and modernity, she captures pure emotion and raw beauty, rendering timeless, esoteric portraits.” Hi*Fructose Collected 2 book wrote, “In an art movement that has managed to juggernaut to such a size and scope that it encompasses a virtual golden age of artistic talent, it takes a lot for a particular artist to stand out as a shining star of an art scene, yet that is what painter Lori Earley has managed to do in a relatively short time”.

Earley describes her work as "a combination of classical realistic rendering with a personal element of accentuation."[2]

Earley was diagnosed late in life with an extremely rare genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. She then made the connection of her unique style of painting to her condition. "I was recently diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. It's an extremely rare, genetic syndrome in which the physical features of someone with it tend to have large eyes, a slender build and stretchy, elongated hyper-mobile limbs, and it tends to make you feel very stretched and elongated. The pain can be mild to excruciating, and I think the pain has lent itself well to emotions of the figures in my painting. When I found out I had it, it was like an epiphany! I think I finally had an answer as to where the natural distortion from my figures came from, and a lot of my fans made the connection as well. It was a very interesting discovery!" - An excerpt from Auxiliary Magazine's interview with Lori Earley, "Femme and Fatilite", October/November 2011 issue.[3]

Solo exhibitions

  • (2014) "The Devil's Pantomime", Opera Gallery, New York, New York
  • (2009) "Laments and Lullabies", Opera Gallery, London, England
  • (2008) "Fade to Gray", Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, New York
  • (2007) "Anima Sola", Opera Gallery, New York, New York
  • (2006) "Estranged", Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, California [4]
  • (2005) Roq la Rue, Seattle, Washington


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