Laura McKendry Illustrator Artist

about

Laura McKendry is a contemporary artist-illustrator whose work explores the occurrence of nature within urban spaces.

She is intrigued by what we delineate as the beautiful, worthy forms of nature against the ubiquitous urbanity of wildlife. The parts that thrive in the absence of tending, the uncultivated wildernesses, from the street to the domestic sphere. Her response is drawings that are spontaneous, intense and joyful whilst avoiding the sentimentality often associated with wildlife.

She is currently working on a year-long personal project focusing on the changing seasons at Kenwood Ladies Pond at Hampstead Heath, documenting the stories of the generations of female swimmers and their relationship with The Pond.

Laura’s paintings combine a light fragility with bold, brutal marks and decisively drawn lines. Mundane greys and magnolia house paint contrast with vibrant inks and fluorescent spray paints. She combines paint, printmaking and collage – employing a whole range of materials from forks to toothbrushes. Her process is filled with energy and movement as she stands to paint often on the floor and walls, darting back and forth to the paper.

Original paintings are held in private collections. Previous illustration clients include the V&A Museum, Waterstones, The Felix Project and Orion Books. Her book cover for André Alexis’ Fifteen Dogs, published by Profile Books, was nominated for the V&A Illustration Awards.

Laura has taught drawing and illustration short courses at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London for several years. She creates educational content for Access Art and holds workshops in her London studio. In both her teaching and own practice, she focuses on the process of creating; exploring ways to paint intuitively, allowing mistakes to become an integral part of a piece.