Interview with abstract expressionist painter Lara Scolari

Influenced by major artistic figures such as Brett Whiteley, Helen Frankenthaler, John Olsen, Hans Hoffman and Mark Rothko, Australian contemporary artist Lara Scolari has developed her own distinct approach to the ‘abstract expressionist’ style.

As a prolific gestural painter, Lara’s coveted artworks are produced in a style that is beautifully organic in form, line, colour and composition.

Using a variety of media, developing experimental techniques and processes, Lara creates depth through exquisite transparent layers which reveal hidden dioramas. Each of her eye-catching paintings feature a beautiful translucent veiled colour palette that reflects the natural landscape.

Featuring fluid shapes, her stunning works are inspired by memory, meditation, music and the culture and essence of Australia.

Read on to learn more about Lara Scolari…

How would you describe your life in relation to art?

Boomtown”, Mixed media (ink, pastel, oil stick, rope, gold leaf & varnish), 2019

“My artwork reflects my life and my personality. My artwork is gestural with uninhibited lines, marks and forms…”

Which phase was the most challenging? How did you overcome it?

My art practice helped me conquer the loneliness and self-doubt that overcomes all new mums and also gave me something to look forward to and focus on. So, I decided to further my arts practice by enrolling myself into various art courses through the Western Institute of TAFE in Dubbo NSW and each week I would very much look forward to meeting up with this creative community and retreating into my arts practice. I began with a year (full-time) in Ceramic, this was followed by a Cert IV Fine Arts and continued through to an Advance Diploma in Fine Arts as well a Diploma in Arts Administration. It was with these credentials that I was able to secure my future employment with the Dubbo Regional Art Gallery together with an invitation to study a Master of Art & Design at the prestigious University of NSW which I graduated from in 2017.

Ethereal Cobalt I”, Mixed media (ink, pastel, oil stick, rope & varnish), 2019

“My art practice helped me conquer the loneliness and self-doubt that overcomes all new mums and also gave me something to look forward to and focus on.”

How long did you take to craft your art to achieve your signature style?

It did take me a few years to break away from the norm and to embrace my natural free flow and generous style. I learnt that to be an artist you must be true to yourself and your work needs to reflect your unique personality.

I was always very gestural with my style, liberal with my mediums and a natural colourist — this is me and what comes naturally — so this is what I do.

Abstract expressionist is my favourite painting and drawing genre — I love the colour line and spirituality of it. I am very mush drawn to the works of Helen Frankenthaler, Mark Rothko, Hans Hoffman, Brett Whitely as well as many of my peers and fellow contemporary Australian artists such as the iconic Ken Done.

“I learnt that to be an artist you must be true to yourself and your work needs to reflect your unique personality.”

Do you think these words “translucency and dimension” are the most appropriate to describe your art style?

Regarding dimension — yes, my works are large as I am an action/gestural painter. Dimension is very important because I create using my physical full reach — the works are life size. It’s harder for me to draw smaller and I find I feel too cramped and restricted on a smaller canvas.

“Dimension is very important because I create using my physical full reach — the works are life size.”

Which level of being an artist do you strive to become? What is your next goal?

I would love to have more of my artworks acquired by national and international institutions and be included in really strong national collections. My next goal is to exhibit in Singapore and I am very excited about that.

“Be true to yourself and your style.” ~ Lara Scolari

Originally published at https://www.thecrazymind.com.

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