Lara Ivanovic Artist
Lara was born in 1967 and raised in London, England. She attended St Martin’s School of Art in London and then Rhode Island School of Design, in Providence, graduating in 1989 with a BFA in Illustration. After graduation, she moved to San Francisco and taught in a school for underprivileged children, then pursued her interest in book arts.
Lara returned to London in 1992 and worked as an illustrator, graphic designer and art director for magazines, corporate identity and publications. She then took a trip around the Australian outback in 1999. Lara was represented in Sydney by several galleries who showed her paintings of abandoned rusty vehicles. These works were very well-received and she sold over 70 pieces in 3 solo shows and numerous group shows, and had a lot of favorable press coverage.
She moved to the United States in 2005, and has exhibited her paintings of New York City in a Chelsea gallery. She lives and works in Westchester County, NY with her family.
Traveling through outback Australia, I was struck by abandoned buildings, jumbled clusters of rusty vintage cars and the eerie, ghostly quality of the barren terrain. It seemed evocative of the lost romance of a bygone era—yet set in a desolate landscape which gave few clues to its history. I tried to convey this ethereal feeling by using impressionistic, feathery brushstrokes and blurred edges, to create a sensation of movement and an aura of mystery. Incongruous groupings and strange juxtapositions created dramatic shapes and the often blinding sunlight had a shimmering, fragmentary quality, casting pools of the blackest shadow in that dusty wilderness.
I have attempted to convey the rough, unfinished look and feel of the structures using sand and modeling paste and blurred brushstrokes, to imbue the scene with an ethereal quality.
|81 CENTRE AVENUE, STUDIO #208 [ MAP ]|
|NEW ROCHELLE, NY 10801|
|TEL: (203) 788-1211|