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Lauren Webster

Lauren
Webster

artist

Toast Creative recently came across the wonderfully wanderlust-filled work of Lauren Webster. Working under the name Lauren & The Lost Boys, Lauren’s painting and drawing has appeared in solo exhibitions as well as on prints for fashion brands, surf and skate boards. We love her use of mixed media and bold vintage references, and hope to bring them, and Lauren into some Toast projects soon.

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17-05-2016

On the wall

Visual insights with creative artist Lauren Webster

Question number 1 Favourite pair of shoes
Question number 2 View from your window
Question number 3 Something you can't live without
Question number 4 Most loved object in your house
Question number 5 Something that inspires you
Question number 6 A selfie for the wall
Question number 7 What represents your work at present
Question number 8 Favourite food this week
Question number 9 Texture, colour, or both
Question number 10 Screensaver on your phone
The long story

01.When did you realise you were creative?

I’ve known that I liked to create things from as early as I can remember knowing anything about myself…I guess it became obvious that it was a real driving force in my life when most of my high school years were spent in the art room, even when I wasn’t meat to be there.

02.What do you currently do for work?

I’m an artist. I mostly paint and draw but I apply my practice to a range of creative outlets. I don’t limit my work to paper and canvas so I have fun exploring beyond those traditional mediums.

03.Have you always worked in this field?

I’ve always been an artist. Before I was doing this full time I dabbled in odd jobs working in fashion and slinging drinks in bars but this has always been my main gig.

04.What inspires you the most at present?

I’m really inspired by vintage graphics and retro design elements. Whether it’s album art, vintage cars, tee shirts, or vintage postcards. It’s all goodness to me and I love to channel that into my work.

05.Your favourite project to date?

Ahh favourites. I’m not great at choosing favourites…I really like diving right into my solo practice and living that day in and day out which is what I do in the lead up to an exhibition. Being totally consumed by an idea and a body of work for months at a time can be really exciting and emotional. It’s challenging but rewarding so I do love that. My last solo exhibition THIRD. EYE. WESTERN was very much one of those experiences. As far as collaborations I have been working with McTavish Surfboards which is really fun and a perfect aside from my regular painting. The McTavish brand is pretty legendary and they provide me with a great canvas to work with so I am really chuffed for the opportunity to work with them.

06.Talk us through an average work day?

It’s a bit of a juggle and really varies from day to day depending what projects I have on the go. I either work from home or from the studio that I share, but regardless of where I am I’m pretty much in work mode all of the time. I’m not great at a switching off so I usually try to attack a few emails first thing in the morning before I become too immersed in my art, then I paint and draw until my battery runs out.

07.Who are your biggest style influences?

I don’t consciously seek out a specific influence for my work. I think it’s more an amalgamation of all of the things I love with my own visual language. If we’re talking specifics some of the artists who’s work I swoon over include Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Patti Smith, Jack Kerouac, Wes Anderson, Bob Dylan, Ryan McGinley and Raymond Pettibon.

08.Your idea of a dream project?

Dream projects are when I get to work with people who are really on the same wavelength as me. When there’s a push and pull creatively which results in something unexpected and new from my work. Collaborations are great for this because sometimes you find yourself a little out of your comfort zone but thats usually a good thing.

09.The biggest challenge in your career?

I think I would be naive to believe I have faced the biggest challenge in my career. Hopefully things will only continue to grow and I’m sure that will bring with it a whole new set of challenges… when they arrive I’ll be ready for them!

10.What are you looking forward to?

I look forward to new opportunities with my work. I look forward to travelling more and sharing my art further afield. I look forward to making all of the art I am yet to make.

The long story

01.When did you realise you were creative?

I’ve known that I liked to create things from as early as I can remember knowing anything about myself…I guess it became obvious that it was a real driving force in my life when most of my high school years were spent in the art room, even when I wasn’t meat to be there.

02.What do you currently do for work?

I’m an artist. I mostly paint and draw but I apply my practice to a range of creative outlets. I don’t limit my work to paper and canvas so I have fun exploring beyond those traditional mediums.

03.Have you always worked in this field?

I’ve always been an artist. Before I was doing this full time I dabbled in odd jobs working in fashion and slinging drinks in bars but this has always been my main gig.

04.What inspires you the most at present?

I’m really inspired by vintage graphics and retro design elements. Whether it’s album art, vintage cars, tee shirts, or vintage postcards. It’s all goodness to me and I love to channel that into my work.

05.Your favourite project to date?

Ahh favourites. I’m not great at choosing favourites…I really like diving right into my solo practice and living that day in and day out which is what I do in the lead up to an exhibition. Being totally consumed by an idea and a body of work for months at a time can be really exciting and emotional. It’s challenging but rewarding so I do love that. My last solo exhibition THIRD. EYE. WESTERN was very much one of those experiences. As far as collaborations I have been working with McTavish Surfboards which is really fun and a perfect aside from my regular painting. The McTavish brand is pretty legendary and they provide me with a great canvas to work with so I am really chuffed for the opportunity to work with them.

06.Talk us through an average work day?

It’s a bit of a juggle and really varies from day to day depending what projects I have on the go. I either work from home or from the studio that I share, but regardless of where I am I’m pretty much in work mode all of the time. I’m not great at a switching off so I usually try to attack a few emails first thing in the morning before I become too immersed in my art, then I paint and draw until my battery runs out.

07.Who are your biggest style influences?

I don’t consciously seek out a specific influence for my work. I think it’s more an amalgamation of all of the things I love with my own visual language. If we’re talking specifics some of the artists who’s work I swoon over include Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Patti Smith, Jack Kerouac, Wes Anderson, Bob Dylan, Ryan McGinley and Raymond Pettibon.

08.Your idea of a dream project?

Dream projects are when I get to work with people who are really on the same wavelength as me. When there’s a push and pull creatively which results in something unexpected and new from my work. Collaborations are great for this because sometimes you find yourself a little out of your comfort zone but thats usually a good thing.

09.The biggest challenge in your career?

I think I would be naive to believe I have faced the biggest challenge in my career. Hopefully things will only continue to grow and I’m sure that will bring with it a whole new set of challenges… when they arrive I’ll be ready for them!

10.What are you looking forward to?

I look forward to new opportunities with my work. I look forward to travelling more and sharing my art further afield. I look forward to making all of the art I am yet to make.

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