Laura La Wasilewska

Poland 1986

Illustration, Painting, Drawing

Laura La Wasilewska
Laura La Wasilewska
March 20, 2016

As a contemporary artist, Laura La Wasilewska founds inspiration for her work in classical art and in people who she meets, of whom she draws portraits. She often does classical portraits, but sometimes she’ll insert unusual elements such as an animal head instead of a human one. Laura has managed to create a unique art which in a short time found its place in many galleries and private collections. She mostly works with dry pastels on a gray paper, but besides drawing and painting, Laura also does photography, illustration, design and works as an art critic.

Laura La Wasilewska founds inspiration for her work in classical art and in people who she meets

Laura La Wasilewska - Elevenses (Detail), 2011 (Right) / Pink Rhapsody (Detail), 2011 (Left)
Laura La Wasilewska – Elevenses (Detail), 2011 (Right) / Pink Rhapsody (Detail), 2011 (Left)

Drawing Intimate Portraits

With her portrait work, Laura focuses on people’s soul, trying to find the most intimate corners of it. This makes every model exceptional while at the same time they are encompassed by Laura’s distinctive style. The portraits radiate with a certain calmness, giving an impression that every model was drawn at their personal moment of tranquility. There are many technical elements which can be found in her work. Models are drawn in different positions, from standing to lying down. Also, while some of their faces and bodies are drawn in detail, some seem unfinished, like the artist suddenly realized she spent all of her drawing material. With this, the intimacy is broadened, and a connection between Laura and the model is created. They are being confronted in a way where both personalities are being revealed to the fullest, with the inability to hide anything.

The portraits give an impression that every model was drawn at their personal moment of tranquility

Laura La Wasilewska-Lucian Freud, you and me (Detail), 2013
Laura La Wasilewska-Lucian Freud, you and me (Detail), 2013

Left to Wonder

The calmness is further shared with the viewer who in the end is left to wonder what the real story behind each of the portraits was. In a way, Laura’s work is concealed in a veil of uncertainty for the viewer, giving it a mystical impression. Like a story to which you have only a partial access, you are left to wonder how the story will unfold. As if the first and the last pages were torn off and you can only read the middle of the book. Never knowing how it got to the point or how will continue. The only thing left to do is to write your own pages on the topic Laura started. Interestingly enough, the task of writing these pages also comes with the same calmness. It further extends Laura’s influence, until it finally vanishes, living only the echoes and reminding of now familiar feeling.

Like a story to which you have only a partial access, you are left to wonder how the story will unfold

Laura La Wasilewska - Reverie (Detail), 2014
Laura La Wasilewska – Reverie (Detail), 2014

Finding New Horizons

Laura constantly craves for new goals. Besides the direct artistic work, she is also a co-founder of the Youth Art at Warsaw Department of the Polish Association of Artists, amongst other things. Because of the acknowledged work, she painted 44 portraits of famous people between 2011 and 2012. This lifted her work, even more, improving her position, both as an artist and as an art critic. She is often called to various TV and radio program to review artistic publications and to talk about art in general.

Laura La Wasilewska lives and works in New York, USA.

Featured image: Laura La Wasilewska (Detail)
All images copyright © artist

YearName of the ExhibitionGallery-MuseumSolo-Group
2014Opening ReceptionLe Bistro Rozbrat , Warsaw , PolandSolo
2014Lawa to coffeeBWA Skierniewice, Skierniewice, PolandSolo
2014ART 4 YOU-YOU 4 ART Museum Casa de Santa Maria Cascais, Lisbon, PortugalGroup
2014InterferenceSecond Home Project, Berlin , GermanyGroup
2014DESIGNERS' OPENLeipziger Messe GmbH, Leipzig, GermanyGroup
2013Jasinski&friends II National Theatre, Warsaw , PolandGroup
2013CounterpointElektor Gallery, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2013Art Fresh Festival Sheraton Hotel, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2013ReflectionGallery FORT, Warsaw, PolandSolo
2013Foundation charity auctionHilton Hotel, Warsaw , PolandGroup
2013InterferenceSokolnicki Fort Gallery, Warsaw , PolandGroup
2013Charity auction of contemporary artWarsaw Public Library, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2013Fall In Love With ArtSokolnicki Fort Gallery, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2012Artist - Palais SommerPalais Sommer, Dresden, GermanyGroup
2012The Youngest DAP Gallery, Warsaw , PolandGroup
2012Art Fresh FestivalSheraton Hotel, Warsaw , PolandGroup
2012Blue colorArt alley Gallery, Warsaw , PolandGroup
2011XXII Charity Auction for the Foundation SYNAPSISNational Theatre - National Opera, Warsaw, PolandSolo
2011Replay monthsBusiness Center, Warsaw , PolandSolo
2011RAAM - WindowThe Tin-Roofed Palace, Warsaw , PolandSolo
2011Art Fresh FestivalSheraton Hotel, Warsaw , PolandGroup
2011Let me tell you about GodDiocesan Museum, Drohiczyn , PolandGroup
2011Obrazy muzyką malowane. Polski pejzażMuseum Dwory Karwacjanów i Gładyszów, Gorlice , PolandGroup
2011Antik&Kunst Stuttgart - Sindelfingen Stuttgart- Sindelfingen, Stuttgart, GermanyGroup
2011AnimalisMM Gallery, Chorzów, PolandGroup
2011101 Auctions of Painting and Crafts Auction House Ostoya, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2011Coffee Art The Tin-Roofed Palace, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2011Show a positive energyPublice Library, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2011Contemporary Art PolishTown Hall Sttutgart, Sttutgart, GermanyGroup
2011Ars Longa. National Theatre, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2011Art morselCafe, Warsaw, PolandSolo
2011Man at he artist - Artist in the manEnvironment Ministry, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2010Obrazy muzyką malowane. Polski pejzażThe Polonia House in Cracow, Cracow , PolandGroup
2010Nullus Dies Sine LineaRAMPA Theater, Warsaw , PolandGroup
2010Art Fresh FestivalSheraton Hotel, Warsaw , PolandGroup
2010Contemporary Art PolishPoliero Gallery, Triest , ItalyGroup
2010Laura La WasilewskaForty Cafe , Warsaw , PolandSolo
2010Between the index and tomorrowThe Polish Olympic Committee, Warsaw , PolandSolo
2010Laura La WasilewskaZadra Gallery, Warsaw , PolandSolo
2010Young Polish ArtistMix Gallery, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2010Let me tell you about GodSokolowski Cultural Centre, Sokołów Podlaski , PolandGroup
2010Romantyczni ChopinowiDAP Gallery , Warsaw, PolandGroup
2010UntitledThe Creative Communities’ Church, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2009exhibition collectiveKoko-art Gallery , Łomianki , PolandGroup
2009UntitledKoko-Art Gallery, Łomianki, PolandGroup
2009UntitledCommunal Cultural Center , Mielnik , PolandGroup
2009356 days of the exhibition of happinessPoster Museum at Wilanów, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2009Laura La WasilewskaBemowo Culture Centre , Warsaw , PolandSolo
2009With hoovesSłużewiec Horse Race Track , Warsaw, PolandGroup
2009BiodiversityFaculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2009This is not artZOYA Gallery, Warsaw , PolandGroup
2008Laura La WasilewskaZadra Gallery, Warsaw , PolandSolo
2007Laura La WasilewskaZadra Gallery, Warsaw , Poland.Solo
2007Great works of art . Auction 500The Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2006Great works of art . Auction 1000The Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, PolandGroup
2004Sacred Art FairMTG Gdańsk International Fair, Gdańsk, PolandGroup
2003Laura La WasilewskaAuthor's Gallery, Gdynia , PolandSolo
2002Laura La WasilewskaDebiut Gallery, Gdynia, PolandSolo
Festival of the ArtsPoznań International Fair Ltd , Poznań, PolandGroup
Pope John Paul II in WarsawNational Museum in Warsaw, Warsaw , PolandGroup