As an independent and self-taught artist, my preferred medium is oil paint, and my favorite surfaces are gessobord panels or canvas boards. I enjoy creating work that represents movement and light, especially the distortion of light and reflection. My unique style of painting is a result of being primarily self-taught in the fine arts. Through trial and error, I’ve learned that my best paintings convey memories or represent a moment in time; in oil, my work tends to be more classical in style, yet when I work in acrylic, I paint more assertively and employ outlines and high-contrast elements to ‘pop’ key elements off the canvas. My personal projects, done for my own fulfillment and professional development, are usually large-scale acrylics that focus on the brilliance and power of color. I am drawn to close-cropped themes with a modern, obvious edge.
As a former graphic designer, I often find myself incorporating graphic design ‘rules’ and styles into my paintings — clean lines, use of strong contrasting elements and classic, bright colors that attract the eye. Most of my portfolio evokes this illustrative style, and I enjoy depicting everyday scenes or objects in this exaggerated and hyper-saturated style.
Lauren Kuhn manages a studio as a resident and teaching artist at the Banana Factory Arts Center (Studio 345) where she specializes in custom, commissioned oil paintings and large-scale acrylic “macro” paintings. She also teaches painting courses in acrylics and water-soluble oils, as well as various art workshops at the ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem. In 2016, Lauren was named an Art Pop artist by Art Pop Street Gallery and The Banana Factory, and she was excited to represent emerging and professional artists from the state of Pennsylvania in the 2017 Art of the State Exhibit at The State Museum in Harrisburg.
Lauren regularly shows her paintings in national juried shows, paints murals in local businesses and private homes, and is always seeking more opportunities to use her art to help those in her community. In addition to acting as the vice president of the Emmaus Arts Commission, she is also a member of Lehigh Art Alliance and the Artist Collective at the Banana Factory.