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Lauren Pirie

Artist member since 2018
Toronto, ON

Lauren Pirie is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist, art director and curator. She works in a range of media and scale, from delicate, intricate ink drawings to large-scale murals and installation. Her practice explores environment in relation to interconnection, desire, and healing, both as themes in her own artwork and through collaborating with and supporting other artists. She has curated collaborative art experiences, intimate gallery shows, and large community events, including recent exhibits at PRIDE and MOCA Toronto.


Inside the Studio


Q+A

Favourite musical artist / band right now

Frank Ocean, FKA Twigs, James Blake, Spice

What do you listen to when you work?

A range of moody music, Audio Books, Brene Brown, CBC, Democracy Now, Dancehall

Beverage of choice

hot dark-roast americano/ chilled medium-bodied red

Favourite book

A few recent/ all time favourites: Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino, Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi, Teen Surf Goth by Oscar D’artois, The Seas by Samantha Hunt, One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez, Where The Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Favourite medium

I often use acrylic inks (which look like watercolour) and micron pens. But recently more acrylic on canvas and lighting and fabric for soft sculpture

Select Past Exhibitions
2020

Ontario Place, Toronto
Winter Light

2020

The Delisle Space, Toronto
Design Toronto

2020

The Shop, Toronto
100 Vases

2019

Soho House, Toronto
Lauren Pirie, Prelude

2019

Daegu Art Fair, Daegu, South Korea
Daegu Art Fair, Partial Gallery booth

2019

MOCA, Toronto
MOCA x Purple Nights

2019

Toronto
Pride Toronto

2018

1066, Toronto
Nuit Blanche x Deep Season

2018

Toronto
Dear Summer

2018

1178 Dupont, Toronto
Soft Launch

2018

Only One Gallery, Toronto
Welcome Back

2017

Unlovable Gallery, Toronto
No More Bath Bombs

2017

Black Cat Gallery, Toronto
We're Here Somewhere

2017

Nuvango Gallery
Nuit Blanche

Accolades
2020

DesignTO jury
Festival Feature

2020

Design Lines Magazine
DL Loves

Press
2020

The Spaces Magazine
Glowing limbs reach through The Delisle Space in Toronto for DesignTO”, Betty Wood

2018

CBC Arts
Let Toronto artist Lauren Pirie take you into her 'weird dream world'

2017

Holr Magazine
Through Their Eyes

Residencies
2019

Buritaca, Magdalena, Colombia
La Sierra Artist Residency

2019

Bocachica, Cartagena, Colombia
Blue Apple Artist Residency

2017

Puerto Escondido, Mexico
Ceviche Surf Artist in Residence

2016

Facebook Headquarters, Toronto
Facebook Artist In Residence

Education
2008

OCAD
Illustration

2007

Ryerson University
Bachelor Of Design

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