Laura Lipton was born in New York and started drawing at the age of 4. She was the first person to graduate from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania with a Fine Arts Degree in Drawing (with honours).
Strongly influenced by the religious paintings of the Flemish School, she tried to teach herself how to paint in the style of the 16th century Dutch Masters and failed. During college, Lipton began developing her very own peculiar drawing technique building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines, using charcoal and pencil. “It’s an insane way to draw”, she says, “but the resulting detail and luminosity is worth the amount of effort. My drawings take longer to create than a painting of equal size and detail.”
The lack of color on her works is due to the influence of photographer Diane Arbus. “Her use of black and white hit me at the core of my Being. Black and white is the color of ancient photographs and old TV shows… it is the color of ghosts, longing, time passing, memory, and madness. I realized that it was perfect for the imagery in my work.”
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