LAUREN PHELPS

THE STUDIO

Lauren Phelps

When my husband and I moved to New York over 6 years ago, we fell in love with our neighborhood Gramercy Park. Each day, I would walk my dogs around the park and gaze up into the windows of the National Arts Club where I would see artists at work. I dreamed that someday I might find some time to create art again and become a member. I pictured myself in the window working. The opportunity to open a studio in the iconic mansion was quite literally a dream come true. I am grateful that I get to create here, where so many incredible individuals and artists have gathered throughout history. This storied building gives me daily inspiration.


To book an appointment to view my work here at the studio email  studio@laurenphelps.com.

To learn more about the history of the National Arts club, see their website here.


COLLECTION RELEASE

Lauren Phelps
Photography by Monika Kratochvil

Photography by Monika Kratochvil

Working in fashion has made a lasting impact on not only my aesthetic but the way I look at the world and my art. While designing and merchandising, my passion is structure, balance, texture, and textiles. I love achieving the desired proportion, harmony and continuity in a garment and collection. I work similarly now, though my art is more emotional, a creative release, and a study of materials and themes. I find myself working through shape, color, textiles and paint to create a balance, and ultimately evoke feeling.

This collection of work was an experimentation in utilizing couture techniques and textiles through shape manipulation and paint. Primarily monochromatic color palettes give an impact that resonates with my desire to simplify subject matter. I always begin with a subject or theme and go through a series of sketches and studies until I satisfactorily reduce or magnify. Abstracting forms or figures into simple geometric shapes or repetitions is a meditative process.

My current emotional state is translated to the work through the materials. With this collection, I was feeling quite strong and feminine as a new mother. The sharp geometric shapes are balanced with expressive brushwork and a soft colors. The raw woven silk is organic and sheer and has the appearance of being fragile though it is quite strong. The textiles are emerging from or melding with the solid geometric shapes and color fields. In the same way, I am withdrawing from expectations and leaning into love in my new life as a mother.

The materials used are primarily woven silk, linen, and acrylic on paper, wood, canvas or linen. The materials subsequently become a subject of the artwork itself.

This collection is currently available for purchase in our online shop or by appointment in the studio. To book an appointment, email us at studio@laurenphelps.com

THE PROCESS

Lauren Phelps
Photography by Monika Kratochvil

Photography by Monika Kratochvil

I always begin with a subject or theme and go through a series of sketches and studies until I satisfactorily reduce or magnify the desired attributes.  Abstracting forms or figures into simple geometric shapes or repetitions is a meditative and expressive process. I often layer paper, textiles, acrylic and oil paints or pastels to find the balance in texture, weight, and feeling. By painting and cutting all shapes freehand and no rulers or tracing or sketching is involved in my final works. This method allows the shapes, lines, and forms to realize a life of their own. The challenge of creating balance without a finalized or strictly drafted structure becomes a meaningful conquest in the process of achieving of the final work.

Welcome

Lauren Phelps
Photography by Monika Kratochvil

Photography by Monika Kratochvil

Many of you may know me as a fashion entrepreneur and designer. I have spent the last nineteen years of my life working in the fashion industry, in retail, as a buyer, as the owner of my label, and building the luxury brand, Brandon Maxwell.

Visual arts have played a significant role in my life since my earliest childhood memories growing up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. My recent transition into motherhood reignited my desire to work creatively, and I am happy to return to my love of art. The process of creating is how I have spent most of my life, and I look forward to continuing to develop my version of beauty through fine art experimentations and various creative collaborations.

Thank you for joining me and supporting my work. My heart is full of gratitude that I may spend my days doing something I love.