Lauralee Franco’s Statement


I am a painter who attended Parsons School of Design. I grew up in Staten Island, New York and my studio is in Sea Cliff, Long Island where I reside with my husband, our two sons and our daughter. I taught art for ten years in Bronx, NY. I enjoyed my experience teaching but have decided to paint full time.  

 The majority of my paintings have been created in the last 18 months. An experimental phase that enabled me to open up the language. I am interested in universal symbols and mythology used to express aspects of the human experience.  My painting,  “Night Chariot” is about motion and stagnation.  My painting, “Encounter” deals with power, conflict and immobility. My series of Adam and Eve is an exploration of the masculine and feminine dynamic.

The abstract painting, “Us Together” explores intimacy and conflict. In the painting, “Dark Descent” the individual is exposed to gravity and a force outside of one’s control. I am now working on a larger version of “Dark Descent” a complex composition that I am developing into the Body, Grid and Motion.

My concerns as an artist have to do with human consciousness. I achieve a flow when working that is meditative. 
My painterly style is expressive.  The physicality of the painted surface is alive long after the artist is gone. A visual interpretation of the human condition. A singular painted surface can express multiple concepts and nuanced emotions. I am interested is creating compositions that convey the human condition. I like the art of Maggie Hambling, Frida Kahlo, Jenny Saville,  Francesco Clemente, Alice Trumbull Mason, William Blake, Joan Mitchell, Grace Hartigan, Soutine and Gustave Courbet. I am knowledgeable about current art trends. I spend a lot of my time doing research. There are no accidents in my painting.  My abstract work is about energy, physicality and motion. The subconscious materialized.  We are existing in two realities simultaneously. Our external, physical reality as we move through space and time and our internal, private reality. As artists working two dimensionally we are starting with a blank, empty space. However, we can move the paint on the canvas in endless combinations. Such is the language of painting. 

 A language that to me is beautiful and unique.