The Ladies Network – Lara Scolari – by Kate Darmody

The Ladies Network – Lara Scolari – by Kate Darmody


I stepped inside the joyful little gallery and studio space of Sydney-based artist, Lara Scolari. Gazing at Lara’s latest body of work Contemporary Luxe, is like being wrapped up in the tide of a bright blue ocean and being swept away in it. Among the movement, energy and colour, I have to say, it’s a place I am rather happy to wade about in.

I wanted find out more about the talent behind these multi-layered masterpieces, so I sent a few questions her way and asked her to talk me through her arty world.

What is your name?

Lara Scolari

What do you do?

I am a Contemporary Australian Visual Artist

Where are you from?

Sydney’s inner city harbor side village of Balmain

Can you tell us a little more about your practice?

As a gestural action painter, my work is produced in an Abstract Expressionist style that explores my own developed experimental techniques and processes. I try to have a balanced mix of spontaneity and control. I am spontaneous in my creative process but need to be able to pull back and control my passion and urge to let go completely so as not to overwork my creations.

Art making for me is a form of meditation and I try to really just let go. I have learned not to get too caught up in the outcomes, but to just let the process happen and the magic will come. I focus on the tonal combinations of colour to create balance and vibration within the palate. This creates depth through elegant transparent layers that accidentally reveal sumptuous hidden dioramas exploring the subconscious and automatic line. It is my soul at work.

My latest body of work ‘Contemporary Luxe’ is currently on exhibition at Art2Muse Gallery in Double Bay, Sydney Australia.

Who do you admire most in your field?

I admire all forms of the arts, however, in saying that, abstract expressionism is my theme. Artists such as Matisse, Picasso, Miro, Frankenthaler, Pollock, Krasner, Rothko, and, Hofmann, as well as more recent Australian artists like Brett Whitely serve as constant inspiration.

What is your favorite medium to work with?

I enjoy working with all mediums and in my studio everything is within reach so that I can go where the art takes me. The best process is an uninterrupted process. My favourite medium is artist archival ink.  I love building up layers with this and then adding acrylic paint, pastel and oil stick. I also use household items such as old rope, orange bags and other discarded materials to explore my work and practice.

If you had one piece of advice for your younger self, what would it be?

Back yourself, realize that you are unique and you need to protect and nurture your own dreams and beliefs.  Be careful not to be influenced by others who believe there is a ‘right’ way to do things and give advice that is not ultimately right for you. Stay loyal to your own gut feelings and forms.

Passion is important in art and in life and you will have your own forms of expressing this. Don’t let that be compromised.

Is there anything else that you would like viewers/readers to know?

Working with Architects, Interior Designers and Decorating Professionals I specialize in creating modern, exquisite original artworks that enhance and complete spaces by giving them the WOW factor. I love working with other artist and professionals and welcome the opportunity to be inspired and collaborate!

Where can we see more of your stunning work?

I have my own artist run space, studio and gallery at 48 Beattie Street, Balmain, and I welcome the opportunity to share my passion with you.  Also check me out online or on Instagram.  Instagram is my social media of choice @larascolarigallery.


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