An American artist, Annie Lapin creates abstract paintings grounded in representation. Residing in a world of multiplicities, her trompe l’oeil spaces combine digital histories and analog mark making, abiding neither to the rules of the virtual nor to the physical.
Born in Washington D.C., Lapin currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a BA from Yale University, New Haven, CT, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL and an MFA from University of California, Los Angeles, CA. She exhibited around the world, including Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, Josh Lilley, London, UK, Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy, Yautepec Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico, Pasadena Museum of California Art, Pasadena, CA and Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC.
Pulling from an array of art historical and cultural references, Lapin combines seemingly representational and highly rendered imagery such as forests or figures with the abstract. She constructs an image in multiple conflicting idioms, combining computerized tools with older rendering styles. Investigating how the image of a painting comes to be, the artist creates a destabilizing and nonhierarchical viewing space where the viewer feels a sensation of a shifting grounds. Having a great technical mastery, she deploys a wide range of media including oil, acrylic, flashe, charcoal, glass, and enamel.
Featured image: Annie Lapin - The Clamor to Get Inside and Outside, 2018 (detail). Oil, vinyl paint, acrylic, charcoal and mica on linen. 72 × 96 in. 182.9 × 243.8 cm. This is a unique work. Photo courtesy Miles McEnery Gallery