Lara Scolari is a contemporary Australian artist who lives and works full time on her art practice within her vibrant and light filled studio located in the heart of Sydney’s harbour side village of Balmain.
Holding a Masters in Cross Disciplinary Art & Design from the University of New South Wales and with many years of experience working in the Arts and Cultural sector, Lara’s practice radiates a wealth of knowledge.
As an action painter, Lara’s work is produced in an Abstract Expressionist style that explores her unique techniques and processes. Lara builds up each work using a variety of media creating depth through transparent layers.
Lara is interested in how energy informs the painting and viewing process. When creating works, she finds herself transforming from a state of active energy into one of serene immersion. Her paintings also provide a space for the viewer to engage with this spectrum of energy: from vitality to calmness. They share the nuances of her thought processes, and create a place to retreat to, to muse and meditate, like being immersed in music.
In many works by Lara, translucent blues and greens meet black, grey and milky white in veiled layers. These resonate with the marine glimmers of the Balmain environment in which the artist lives and works. Others focus primarily on layers of texture and colour in some paintings, speckled black circulates in a nest-like whirl. When viewing these circles of energy, we are free to be transported to another state of mind.
Ethereal for Interior Design
My Ethereal body of work designed specifically for Interior Design is a developed extension from my Contemporary Luxe series and features organic circular forms. The Ethereal works are extremely delicate and light in a way that seems not to be of this world. They are inspired by water, memory, meditation, music and the culture and essence of Australia.
I contine to explore my theme of visually capturing the unseen energy, movement, life force and emotion beneath the surface – while reflecting the palette of our natural landscape.
b. Sydney, 1972
Lives and works in Balmain, Sydney
2019 Designer Rugs Lara Scolari Collection Launch
2019 Ethereal for Interior Design – Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, Sydney, Australia
2018 Back to the Bush, Corner Store Gallery, Orange, NSW , Australia
2018 FLUX, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Sydney, NSW Australia
2018 VOYAGE, Left Bank Gallery, Souhtport, QLD, Australia
2017 NOCTURN, Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Paddington, NSW, Australia
2017 Contemporary Noir, Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, NSW
2016 COOL LUXE, The Corner Store Gallery, Orange, NSW
2016 Contemporary Luxe, Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, New South Wales
2015 Mono, Lara Scolari Gallery, Balmain, New South Wales
2015 Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, New South Wales
2015 Grand Opening Exhibition, Lara Scolari Gallery, Balmain, New South Wales
2015 Moree Art Gallery, Moree, New South Wales
2014/15 Hunters Hill Art Gallery, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
2014 Depot II Gallery, Danks St, Waterloo, New South Wales
2012 Lazy River Estate Winery, Dubbo, New South Wales
2011 LUDO, Orange Regional Gallery, Orage, New South Wales
2010 Occulo, Jayes Gallery, Melong, New South Wales
2010 Fairview Art Space, Mudgee, New South Wales
2009 Latent, Dubbo Regional Gallery – The Armati Bequest, Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, NSW
2009 Lazy River Estate Winery, Dubbo, New South Wales
Selected Group Exhibitions
2019 Florence Bienniale, Florence , Italy
2019 Affordable Art Fair, Hong Kong
2019 RAW art Prize – selected finalist, Sydney, Australia
2019 Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Wombat Hollow, Australia
2019 Asia Contemporary Art Show, Hong Kong
2019 The Other Art Fair – Sydney, Australia
2018 The Other Art Fair – Santa Monica, LA – USA
2018 The Other Art Fair – Melbourne, Australia
2018 The Other Art Fair – Sydney, Australia
2018 Works on Paper – Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Paddington, NSW, Australia
2017 Selected Finalist Brisbane Art Prize, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Art, Fortitude Valley, QLD
2017 Maunsell Wickes Gallery, Paddington, New South Wales
2017 Fenton & Fenton, Prahran, Victoria
2017 Art2Muse Gallery, Double Bay, New South Wales
2017 Selected Finalist, Hunters Hill Art Prize, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
2017 Paper Pear Gallery, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales
2015 Tusk Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria
2015 Art2Muse, Double Bay, New South Wales
2015 Selected Finalist, Moreton Bay Art Awards, Strathpine, Queensland
2015 Selected Finalist, Hunters Hill Art Prize, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
2015 Hunters Hill Art Gallery, Resident Artists Exhibition, Hunters Hill, New South Wales
2015 Twist Gallery, Alexandria, New South Wales
2015 Martine Gallery, Northbridge, New South Wales