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New Art - Conceptual Realism - Lori Earley

Updated on August 21, 2011

Lori Earley Beginnings

Ms. Earley describes herself as a "surrealist figurative artist". She was born in Rye, New York. At nineteen she moved to New York city to attend school and continues to live there.

Since Rye is a small town she says there was very little to do there; she spent most of her time drawing to keep herself occupied. After attending the School of Visual Arts she began showing her works in 2004.

She states that her aim in painting is to convey passion and mood on paper and canvas.

"I don’t like to talk about what my paintings mean since they are so personal, so I like to leave it up to the viewer’s interpretation. It’s very strange to pour your heart out onto canvas and then put it on display for the whole world to see." - Lori Earley

Upon viewing her paintings you can see her subjects (almost exclusively women) as elongated willowy thin figures in mannerist surroundings and baroque lighting.

She has held solo exhibits in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York City and London.

Lori Early
Lori Early

Technique and Inpsiration

Ms. Earely sketches out her subject matter on paper or canvas and paints exclusively in oils from her own personalized palette of colors. Though she is very "closed mouthed" about what inspires her (see the quote above) she does state that she's also inspired by music, often incorporating the very songs she was listening to while painting at her shows.

Ms. Earley uses graphite (pencil) on paper or canvas and paints in oils. 

On Regret

"In my painting "Regret", although it looks like a simple portrait, there are elements in it that were specifically planned. There is a broken heart at the bottom in the linework, but there are also 3 more in the painting: one in her fur, one in her lipstick which forms a heart shape (with the parting of her lips breaking it apart), and the shape of her face and hair form a heart shape with the tear representing a break in it." - Lori Earley

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RegretHopeArynLee the Pink Sheep
Regret | Source
Hope | Source
Aryn | Source
Lee the Pink Sheep
Lee the Pink Sheep | Source
At Work
At Work | Source


Some of Ms. Earley's works include partial nudity. If you are researching Ms. Earley's works with a younger audience or nudity offends you, please be aware of this fact. Note also that the video below (at about minute markers 2:30 & 4:12) include a brief partial nudes.


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    Ron Villejo PhD 5 years ago from Chicago

    Well-done, Lori! Your work somehow reminds me of the films 'Beetlejuice' and 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.'

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    Wanda 6 years ago

    Hi I think it's Janis Joplin

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    LiamBean 6 years ago from Los Angeles, Calilfornia

    Diana: It's Bebe Le Strange - Live - by Heart

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    Diana 6 years ago

    Oh, it's great pictures))) And buitiful music...Anybody know what the music It is?

  • profile image 6 years ago

    Beautiful artwork.