Interview with Lauren
We met Lauren Coullard in her Paris Belleville studio. We were immediately drawn to Lauren’s work. Her paintings transport the viewer into a poetic dream. Her art juxtaposes bold and soft shapes, with a sophisticated palette of hues. The same poetry permeates her style. Her dress sense ignores fashion’s diktats, it is effortless and assured. She must be the quintessential French bohemian girl, and we just added a light touch of whimsy to this curation… without her permission.
Tell us about a woman who you find beautiful and inspiring? Karley Sciortino is a special one
Which accessory do you like to wear to complete your silhouette? Scarves with patterns. I bring them back from abroad or for some, I scrap fabrics from design textiles and I would then sew on the edges.
What do you collect? I recently started to collect vintage how-to-paint books from Walter Foster Publishing.
What object do you cherish most? A chest of drawers from my grandmother, where I used to put the clothes she made for my dolls. And an old painting of mine, Prosecutor.
If you were a colour, what colour would you be? Between a bitter turquoise and a dirty kaki.
What’s your favourite smell? A mad mix between Turpentine, horse sweat’s smell and my parfum, Jicky.
What’s your favourite dish? My brother produces organic sheep’s cheese. I would obviously have them plain straight from the dairy.
Recommend us a book that changed your life? The Magician of Lublin from Isaac Bashebis Singer.
Recommend us a film that has stayed with you? A movie from the 60’s : Black Sunday. Directed by Mario Bava and starring Barbara Steele. I am working on a series of paintings inspired by this horror black and white Italian movie.
What piece of music defines you? The Köln Concert by Keith Jarrett, an improvisation performed in Cologne in 1975.
Tell us about the most amazing place you have travelled to? I did a race in the desert of Wadi Rum (Jordan) with a cook and some Bedouins on wild horses, this was totally the craziest time of my life.