CS Coates & Scarry

The Magical World of Lola

We managed to catch up with Lola in-between her busy schedule to find out more about her work and inspiration before her upcoming show at the Corey Helford Gallery this weekend. Read on to find out more....


Detail of 'Your Ordinary Hero'

Q: Three things you couldn’t be without? Loved ones, cupcakes, music

Q: What/who are your major influences and inspirations? My insanely talented friends inspire me constantly. I’m also influenced and inspired by Jan van Eyck, Jan Vermeer and Hieronymus Bosch.


'Your Ordinary Hero'

Q: How did you choose your color pallet? I really wanted to explore the sky in this show. So I based it around the color of the sky at various points in the day.

Q: The paintings for your upcoming show are quite different from previous shows, is there a reason? Each show I’m trying to have a very visual evolution and I’m trying to incorporate more realism into my work, so every show is going to change.


Lola with one of her paintings

Q: Would you like to work in other mediums like sculpture for example? animation. animation. animation.

Q: Can you talk briefly about the process of creating one of your paintings? It starts with some research, I will prepare five or six paintings at once. Then I work on them all simultaneously. I don't do one piece at a time start to finish.

Q: Do you do to Museums? If you're asking "do you go to museums" then but of course! I love seeing art in person as opposed to in a textbook or online. It’s a whole other experience.

'The Discovery of Triumphant Resolution'

Q: Why do you paint on wood? Because I love the very smooth clean surface. But I’m considering starting to experiment with canvas.

Q: Have you ever considered using other mediums or doing 3D work? I’ll repeat myself. animation. animation. animation. Not so much in 3D, because I'm really not interested in it, but definitely old school cell animation. Old Disney style.

Q: What makes a good day in the studio? The chance to sleep a little bit the night before, amazing window gazing weather like cloudy and rainy days, and good music.


Lola in the Studio

Q: How many hours a week do you spend in the studio? At least 5 hours a day, and then in the months leading up to a show I’ll paint about 12 hours a day. You can do the math to figure it out for the week. ;)

Q: I have to ask, what music you listen to when painting? Everything. I know that's the "standard" answer, but I really listen to a vast array of music.



Q: How do you spend your time when taking a break from painting? Spending time with my girls, go kart racing, hanging out with awesome friends from London, movies, musical adventures, comedy clubs, freaky Fridays with Amanda Visell and Michelle Valigura, enjoying life.

Q: If you didn't paint for a living what would you do? Realistically, I would probably be a tattooist. I know that's still an artist, but I don't think I could not create art.


At work

Q: You inspire so many people around the globe how does this affect you and your work? It’s definitely a part of why I paint. I want to inspire people.

Q: Greatest Joy? Being alive eating a coconut cupcake.

Q: Greatest sadness? Animal cruelty


Detail of 'Your Ordinary Hero'

Q: As an artist what message do you carry? If I could sum it up in one word, positivity.

Q: Hopes for the future? To continually be able to do what I love for a living....and animation. :)


The lovely Lola

Q: Advice for young or not so young emerging artists? Be sure you have passion and a drive, because creating isn't easy. As long as you have that, believe in yourself and don't ever give up.

Q: What can we look forward to with this show? I’m definitely attempting to infuse more realism into the works.

Q: I know you have two lovely daughters how do you balance being a single parent and your career? I feel like its fairly easy because what parent wouldn't want to work at home and spend time with their children. Plus they're older now so they don't really bother me while I’m working.


'Everything Else Was Seeking'

Q: Your work is becoming more complex and larger how you are finding the process? I feel as though it's a natural progression for me. It’s the way I’m growing as an artist. Now I have to stand further back from the piece from time to time.

Q: What is next for LOLA? I’m participating in a group show in Bristol that I’m very excited about. You may know a thing or two about that! ;) Also my next show will be in 2011 with Greg Simkins at the Yves LaRoche gallery. And a book. I'm going to work on a book.


Lola's multiplane piece from the Corey Helford show

Q: Favourite living artist and of course dead artist? Living: Todd Schorr. Dead: Hieronymus Bosch. Thank you LOLA for taking the time to catch up with us and share some of your thoughts on Art , life and the world we live in today. Richard Scarry and The Chipster For more information and purchase contact

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