Kally Laurence is an East London based artist who works on large scale canvas pieces combining print and painting techniques. Having graduated from the RCA with an MA in
Printmaking, traditional printmaking methods will always remain close to her heart, however she very much enjoys the fluidity and instantaneousness hands on experience of painting. She is therefore very happy resting between both worlds . The work is vibrant, busy and energetic. The hope is that they bring an energy and optimism to the space they occupy, although the work by no means deals solely with joyful aspects of life.
Each piece still retains the freshness and spontaneity of a unique painting while incorporating the repetitive nature of screen and block print within each piece.
Having recently joined the Barbican Arts Group Trust, her studio is now at their Blackhorse Lane site in Walthamstow. Together they have Open Studio events, hold art auctions and take part in the biennial E17 Art Trail. She loves my studio.
She was very excited to be shortlisted for the Jackson's painting prize 2021.
She tries to exhibit as regularly as
possible, her aim being to get the works
out into the world .
Group and solo shows include
Saturation online show by Cultivate
The Gasoline Rooms Hackney,
Walthamstow Village Windows Gallery,
Winns Gallery Walthamstow
RSM Solicitors, London,
Bromley By Bow Centre
Control Tower, Kings Hill, Kent ,
No 39 Orford Rd, Walthamstow
Cartwright Hall Bradford
Ex Supermarket Marylebone High St,
Connaught Gallery, Albermarle St, Piccadilly
The work explores the beauty of the everyday and the broader issues that come into and are evoked by the familiar. She is all about looking and observing what’s around her. It is about noticing, enjoying and celebrating the mundane objects, social interactions and scenes of the everyday that are relatable to and form the bulk of our existence, and therefore the important ones - not so much the grand events in life . The aim of the work is to capture the beauty of a moment through the representation of everyday objects, observed patterns and colour, scenes and people, and then to instigate questions and memories of a bigger issue, depicting moments that are both personal and shared experiences. The work isn’t supposed to be idealistic or dictatorial.
We are all naturally drawn to different objects or scenes that come to us on a daily basis. Having worked in the world of fashion and textiles she finds herself drawn to pattern within daily life - a bus seat pattern in India ( India will always occupy a place in her heart ) or on a train to Southend, mismatched fabric seat covers in a bar in Greece. She is often inspired by and draws upon social issues or objects that relate to that which are going on in her personal life. A life that is changing with the passage of time.
She is also interested in the world of what has traditionally been considered women's work and raising its profile by celebrating such tasks within the world of fine art - a world that has traditionally been dominated by male imagery and what were originally considered to be male processes. She wants to raise the status and celebrate such tasks by taking them through what is both a timely process to create and into a long lasting final format.
She enjoys the experiencing the magic of the outside world being delivered to her, the spontaneous reaction when she knows that a moment has just initiated a piece of work. When a work says this back to her she declares it to be finished.