Size: 8"W x 8"H x 0.75"D
Year Created: 2018
Ready to Hang
This is a portrait in oil on canvas that I painted of a friend smoking a cigarette with sunglasses on. There is some texture in the face from a scraping tool. Te simplicity of the composition and the coolness of the subject remind me of the work of Alex Katz.
Laura Makinen was born (1980) and raised in the city of Chicago. Art and music have been instrumental throughout her life. At Grinnell College, while pursuing a degree in Religious Studies, Laura took began a serious love affair with painting. After finishing her first degree, Laura completed a BFA in Painting at the Massachusetts College of Art and subsequently moved to San Francisco. Although she fell in love with the Bay Area, Laura is currently residing with her family back home in Chicago, where she recently completed a yoga teacher training and is painting up a storm. Over the years, she has created a significant body of both figurative and abstract work, and has participated in group shows throughout the United States.