[Hoods Melbourne] Artist Profile: Lauren Webster

On July 22nd, the Fuel Magazine x FXD x Holden art project HOODS will take place in Collingwood, Melbourne. Ten talented Australian artists will be showing their work on ten Holden bonnets. Here's an introduction to one of the artists, Sydney based Lauren Webster.

Lauren Webster is a Sydney based artist and creative. She has exhibited in solo and group shows across Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Paris. Webster revels in creative collaborations having lent her aesthetic to collaborative projects with fashion labels, surfboard and skateboard manufacturers, photographers, object designers, jewellery makers, interior decorators, publications and events. Lauren & The Lost Boys, the name of Webster's blog and social media pseudonym has been adopted over the years as the umbrella under which her range of creative outlets are explored and shared.

How would you describe your art?

My art is the painted and drawn marks depicting what's inside my mind and to where it wanders. I find it a little difficult to describe my art in words… but a few that spring to mind are; analogue, heartfelt, graphic and nostalgic.

Who/what are your influences?

I have a broad range of influences both in the art world and outside of it. I’m constantly influenced by vintage graphics and retro design elements. Whether it’s album art, vintage cars, tee shirts, or vintage postcards. All of that goodness makes my heart flutter and I use it in my work. As far as specifics I have a lengthy a list of artists who inspire me endlessly. Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Patti Smith, Jack Kerouac, Wes Anderson, Bob Dylan, Ryan McGinley and Raymond Pettibon make up a small part of the gang who inspire me.

How do you go about planning a project?

I attack most projects with small sketches and scribbles or little working paintings. I’m pretty much always putting my thoughts and ideas down onto paper so usually it’s a case of digging through all of those and finding something that might work for a specific project. From those initial drawings I have fun turning them into whatever they are destined to be.

What have you been working on recently?

This week I have been painting up a concept for a large scale artwork/interiors project, working on a sample for a collaboration that I am doing with a fashion label and painting a custom board for McTavish Surfboards.

What attracted you to the HOODS project?

I  love painting on cars (and motorbikes for that matter)! I have painted little pieces on cars for friends and I work with images of vintage cars a lot in my work also. It’s pretty cool to work with a different kind of canvas. I was immediately excited to work on the HOODS project and continue that love affair.

Follow Lauren: @laurenlostboys.

Website: laurenwebster.net

Facebook: LaurenAndTheLostBoys