Steam-meets-Punk-meets-Victorian Gallantry: Laurie Lipton

Laurie Lipton has such an extensive collection of conceptual, extremely detailed drawings that I had trouble narrowing my showcase of her work down to just twelve prints.  While the drawings seem inspired by steampunk, skeletons, structures, technology, mass culture and folk culture, fine art, the Renaissance, and the Victorian Era, Lipton can get even more specific for you:

“I wanted to create something no one had ever seen before, something that was brewing in the back of my brain. I used to sit for hours in the library copying Durer, Memling,Van Eyck, Goya and Rembrandt. The photographer, Diane Arbus, was another of my inspirations. Her use of black and white hit me at the core of my Being. Black and white is the color of ancient photographs and old TV shows… it is the color of ghosts, longing, time passing, memory, and madness. Black and white ached. I realized that it was perfect for the imagery in my work” (Lipton).

Masterpiece. For a full gallery of her works, visit Laurie Lipton’s website.

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