Laura Lee Junge and Chris Jackson - J2 Studios

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  • Laura Junge and Chris Jackson

Laura Lee Junge has been hailed as an ‘intoxicating' talent on the American artistic front. Taking her inspiration from life experiences, Junge firmly believes that "the most honest painting is what one knows". This is clearly a philosophy she transfers to both her canvas and sculpted works. Junge's childhood years were split between Minnesota and Oklahoma, before attending university at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, initially concentrating on figure painting. With time, her paintings became more eclectic, in a style that critics have described as ‘surrealistic expressionism'. Junge, herself, remains a bit skeptical of any attempt to label her in a specific category.

A self-declared fascination with movement typifies almost all of Junge's artwork, which ranges dramatically from floral and inanimate renditions, to the worlds of musical expression or evocative, often jaded bar scenes. In these, a dark world seems to emerge from the soul of the canvas. No matter what the depiction, the fluidity of her work channels an energy that seems to defy the very nature of a one-dimensional canvas.

Junge has exhibited across the United States, often winning awards and gleaning accolades for her unique interpretative work. She is currently the proprietor and "in house" artist at the Jackson Junge Gallery. Despite the time constraints of the gallery, Junge maintains a heavy schedule of competitively juried art fairs across the country. An innate belief that art needs to be available to everyone is another underlying current of Junge's convictions. The intimacy of an art fair permits the kind of exchange between artist and potential collector that is so often overlooked in today's art scene.



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