Laurel Sparks

MFA Faculty Member

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Laurel makes alchemical paintings combining esoteric language, sacred geometry, and theatrical artifice. A recent Brooklyn Rail review said of Laurel's solo show "Geomantria" at Kate Werble Gallery, NY: "For Sparks, painting is simultaneously a belief system and a way to create icons that put the viewer into contact with an occult power. On the other hand, there is the magic of sensuous seduction. The works are simply beautiful and express only their own aesthetic delight." She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.


  • Cheim & Read, New York, NY
  • Franklin Street Works, Stamford, CT
  • the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, NY
  • Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY
  • Elizabeth Foundation Gallery, New York, NY
  • D’amelio Terras, New York, NY
  • the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
  • the Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
  • Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
  • Art In General, New York, NY


Sparks’ work has been reviewed in publications such as

  • The New Yorker
  • New York Magazine
  • The Paris Review
  • Blouin Artinfo
  • The Brooklyn Rail
  • Modern Painters
  • the Drawing Center’s the Bottom Line
  • New American Paintings
  • Boston Globe
  • Art in America
  • Bloomberg
  • Timeout New York
  • Art and Auction
  • Huffington Post
  • Art21 Magazine
  • Vogue Mexico

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