The mission of this project is the give a visual documentary of what life looks like today, in 2020 inside major cities. The goal however being, to not only record the ever changing skyline, but to also show the literal heartbeat of what makes that city. This series of paintings will serve as visual documentation for years to come of capturing a snapshot of what life was like during this exact time. “Urban Playground” hidden amongst the iron trees in the heart of the concrete jungle, are the hidden jems; a location for humans pause their robotic, repetitive, digital lives and reconnect with those basic elements makes us human; social interactions, fresh air, and the sun.
As an African-American woman artist, I am contributing to the art world as a minority, in a very over saturated industry of Euro-centric males. This body of work stands apart from my contemporaries because of the subject matter; whereas, portraiture and pop art are the most popular subject matter, this series is Post-Impressionism. Capturing a small snapshot of time, while simultaneously allowing color to play heavily into the compositions.
These series is for a solo show scheduled for September 2020; with the potential to travel to other galleries.
This series of paintings have the potential to be the best works of my entire artistic career. My goal is to have fifteen pieces completed for the show in September. As a result of the pandemic, I have the time, but not the funds being that the art shows I would have participated in had been canceled.
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Lauren Luna is an academically trained professional painter from Houston, Texas
Luna is a part time art professor and full time arts advocate