Artist: : Laura López
Media: Drawing and Painting, Oil Paints, Canvas
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Marilyn Werby Gallery
Laura López is a graduate student at CSULB in the School of Art’s Drawing and Painting Program. She will be graduating next year with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting. Laura is originally from Medellín, Colombia, and came to Southern California to study art. Interestingly, she spent some time earning her undergraduate degree in Architecture before deciding three years ago to come to Southern California to study art. Although she was excited to see and experience the weather and the beaches of Southern California, she says that she is now ready to return home because she is starting to miss the more tropical and mountainous environment of Colombia. When she is not creating art, Laura enjoys hanging out with friends, singing, and dancing.
Laura’s artwork was done entirely with oil paints on large pieces of canvas. Her artwork was overflowing with beautiful, vibrant colors. In fact, the colors looked as if they may flow off the canvas and onto the wall behind. Additionally, there was a variety of flowing patterns that was complimented with beautifully contrasting colors. Also, there were colorful animals in the foreground that took their shape through brush strokes arranged in specific shapes and patterns.
Laura stated that her greatest inspiration for her colorful work is the jungle. She is amazed by the way everything in the jungle is interconnected to form such a vivid ecosystem, from the smallest of plant species to the variety of animals species that live in the jungle. She stated that she has always had an interest in the jungle, and that interest became a profound love for the jungle ever since she was able to visit the Amazon Jungle when she was twenty years old. Laura’s choice of colors reflects the vibrant life that she sees in the jungle. She also considers the jungle a place full of spiritual harmony and has formed a psychological bond with the jungle, which is the ultimate driving force behind her works of art.
The first thing that struck me when I entered the Marilyn Werby Gallery was the massive explosion of colors. I was simply mesmerized by the beautiful mix and contrast of the different colors on the canvas. I loved how Laura was able to characterize and depict the jungle with her choice of patterns and colors. Overall, I really enjoyed Laura López’s Selvática exhibition and her creative depictions of the jungle and its many plant and animal species, but what I was most interested in and what I found the most amazing was the beautiful use of vibrant colors.