Behind the Canvas
Blank was destined to be a creative soul with a burning passion for
art. Raised by an artistic mother who attended design school in NYC,
and grandparents that are still performing musicians (well into
their 80’s), Lauri was constantly engaged by creativity and artistic
expression; the foundation of a future art career.
At the age of 12, Lauri was honored by The Norton Museum of Art who
included one of her figurative paintings into an international art
As her talent grew, Lauri found herself naturally drawn to the
imagery and complexities of the human form. She especially focused
on the female form, learning to capture its very essence on her
canvas. Uninhibited by conventional or formal training, her talent
took on an original life of its own. Lauri's artwork exhibits an
unblemished romantic realism long forgotten by commercially driven,
modern day trends. The appeal of her work is timeless. She continues
to evolve her passion, taking great care in developing each
individual composition. What is most remarkable is that she does not
use live models. The images create themselves.
Her talents were immediately recognized by patrons in Washington
D.C. and the Miami area, where she accepted numerous important
commissions. And in 2001, Lauri’s career would take a different
turn, one that resembled one of the masters she studied for most of
her life. Lauri Blank was commissioned to paint the ceiling of an
19th century church in Old Montreal. For months, the artist worked
day and night painting the Cathedral’s ceiling while standing on
scaffolding that had a five-story drop onto the marble floor below.
It was the most magical experience she has ever had and is most
proud of this work.
Blank received international coverage within Architectural Digest
and her Old Montreal Cathedral work was featured on HGTV. She has
been called "The Ft. Lauderdale areas own Michelangelo".
work has been exhibited in galleries throughout the nation. She
receives frequent media attention and has appeared on numerous
magazine covers throughout the nation. In 2002, Blank was selected
as the artist for the 2002 Grammy Awards. Her "Post 911" Grammy work
symbolized the patriotism of a nation blended with our love of
Lauri’s style of melding the techniques and icons of the old master
with today’s cultural ideology, has won her acclaim. Her powerful
images, along with her passion and devotion jump off the canvas and
transport the viewer into a by-gone era. Her own imitable style,
which the artist refers to as “Romantic Figuratism,” brings a sense
of peace and reflection to the modern day world. “The passion in my
heart…influences and fuels my love of art and my profession” says
Blank of her accomplishments.