I’m excited to introduce you to a budding artist who is making a name for herself before even completing university. This one to know and one to follow. She’s already been featured in multiple publications and is truly a rising star.

I had the pleasure of hosting her at my shop recently with Brandshop. She is as bright and talented as she is beautiful.

Enjoy getting to know

Laura Deems

Athens, Georgia

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What is your training?

 BFA in Textiles from the University of Georgia. Self taught painter.

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What inspires you and your designs?

EVERYTHING. People, spaces, music, juxtapositions. I tend to think of my paintings as a conversation with color and texture. One mark building upon the next. Nothing is preconceived. If I attempt to plan or be “inspired”  I freeze up. My making is all about the immediate response.

  What is your favorite piece? 

Tiger on a Gold Leash

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+  A Sally Special (Named after one of my favs and past boss Sally King Benedict)

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 How has the your area influenced your work?

I love the mix of people that are here in Athens. All the different characters prompt me to imagine their individual stories, which I then respond to and put on canvas. Hence the names of my paintings.

 

What is your favorite restaurant in Athens?

LRG Provisions in 5 Points

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What is your favorite cocktail?

 Moscow Mule

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How do you balance personal life and work?

Luckily they go hand in hand for me.

 

Dream Trip?

Visiting all the small towns and villages in New Zealand

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Dream commission?

 Painting an enormous abstract piece on a wall in a NY gallery space.

 

Your favorite host / hostess gift to give?

 I love giving something that I have made. Whether that be a mini abstract piece, a portrait of them, or a drawing of their home. Anything that shows that I know them.

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Who is your style icon?

Erin Wasson.

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Miroslav Duma.

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Kelly Wearstler

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Your favorite up and coming artist?

OOOH depending on how you define “up and coming” mine would be Karina Bania. She is FAB

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What is your most treasured possession?

The notes my friends leave me.

 What are you reading?

Currently “Birds of America” by Lorrie Moore.

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What are you listening to?

ALT-J.

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Father John Misty.

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Nico Yaryan.

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Drake.

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Johnny Cash

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What are your favorite blogs / publications?

I have currently jumped on this skin care kick so my current love is Goop

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but also enjoy Man Repeller.

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Take a look at Laura’s portfolio…

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One Response to Artist Spotlight Series: Laura Deems
  1. […] Another tough one…there are so many amazing up & coming artists in the southeast right now. Just a few whose work I really adore are Laura Deems, […]


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