Louie Laskowski

Under the Wallpaper

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IRAA No: LL-4-14-1947-1

Acrylic on Canvas and Baltic Birch

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The Power of Myth, 25" x 21", $550


Three Graces and a Peacock, 56" x 44", $1600


Monarch Magic, 42" x 34", $1200


The Praying Mantis and Butterfly Goddess, 40" x 30", $1000

Birdhouse, 48" x 60", $1800

In these acrylic paintings, I explore layers of paint and pattern. To me these layers represent time and dimension, possibly like wallpaper peeled from a wall of an old house. The removal of one layer exposes a different layer reminiscent of another time, style and personality.

Often I paint certain elements in the images black and white, monochromatic. My intention is to create a contrast between the black and white figures and the elaborate surface around them. I believe this "contrast" works to induce a reference to another reality. Sometimes I use classical female figures such as Goddesses and Madonnas. These figures are spiritual in effect, possibly metaphoric for the creative process or my presence as an artist within the work.

Also I have traveled often to Mexico and have been enriched by the culture. This country's colors, designs, religious shrines, and festivities have influenced my work. I attribute a stronger sense of artistic freedom directly to my experiences in Mexico.

Because of my experiences in Mexico, I was able to consider inventive framing around my work. My crazy frames are a part of the work, offering added impact to the image. My intention in some work is for the frame to give a shrine quality or icon-like effect. They are cut from wood called baltic birch.


Louie Laskowski Studio
P.O. Box 428
307 Railroad Street
Brookston, IN 47923
(765) 563-6577

E-mail: louie@dcwi.com

[IAC LOGO] LOUIE LASKOWSKI is an Indiana Arts Commission Fellowship Recipient

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