Laura Epler is an internationally established contemporary artist. She studied studio art at the Parsons School of Design, Paris campus. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Cultural and Intellectual History and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Ms. Epler has been an active studio artist for over thirty years. Her work has been and is currently on exhibit in Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Cuzco, Toronto, Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, Washington D.C. , Art Basel Miami, Boca Raton, and Brooklyn, New York. Ms. Epler is currently showing at the Bellini Museum in Florence Italy.
Her work ranges from large mixed media pieces to paintings, collage, small constructions and Word Works that feature her original writings with associated paintings.
Laura’s inspiration springs from art history, literature, popular culture, human rights and social justice issues and spiritual studies. Her inspirational and thought provoking work has been shown in numerous venues.
Of her over two hundred pieces in private collections around the world, her collectors include Ms. Helen Dickerson, long term patron of the National Museum of American Art and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Another prominent collector of Ms. Epler’s work is Mr. William I Koch of Palm Beach and Aspen Colorado.
Laura Epler has been named one of America’s best Mixed Media Artists by Adam Kennedy, author, playwright and producer of the American Greatness series featured on Public Television.
I paint. It wasn’t a decision and it wasn’t a “choice.” It just was. It has been my key to understanding myself, and my bridge to the universe outside me. My work has, over the years, evolved as my primary medium of communication with others and myself.
Painting, and its inherent creativity, give me meaning and purpose. It serves as a measure of where I have been. It nourishes my soul and aims to bring joy to others. It is my way of expressing love and gratitude for my life.
Artistically I feel like I’m sharing a creative journey with Matisse, Picasso, de Kooning, Twombly, Harrington, Basquiat, Warhol, Still, T.C. Cannon and others, many others.
I work in my studio with curtains drawn and doors closed. My companions are paints, brushes, pencils, markers, chalk, rags, clippings, photos, paper, canvas and my dogs.
Music is always playing. It sets a mood, illuminates thought and inspires a particular moment. The musicians that drift through are; Beethoven, Mozart, Nina Simone, Dylan, Van Morrison, Prince and Eminem to name a few.
I start each painting with a “preliminary” get acquainted period. The next step is for me to get out of my own way, which if I’m successful doing that, a plane of creativity reveals itself and the work uses me for shape, color, texture and definition. By now the “original plan” is out the window. The colors compete among
themselves for visibility on the canvas, shadows recede or grow and the work is now generating itself. I have no real control over the duration of this process. I know it is complete when a sense of satisfaction arrives. Now I am free to embrace the locus, to explore the meaning of my inside and outside worlds that defines the work. With syncopated irregularity, holograms appear.