Working with concepts of playfulness in relation to bodies, my paintings unabashedly portray people delighted in their skins. Embracing flaws, sexuality and indulgence, they urge the viewer to engage with their own physicality. Social labels of grotesque and lust associated with the body interest me, my paintings explore the intricacies of the two. My figures exude flamboyance and confidence.
Lauren Mele was trained at The Art Institute of Boston, USA (2008), upon finishing her BFA she moved to London and got her MA at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art (2012) in Contemporary Art. She lives and works in London with her pets, husband and baby boy.
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