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Laurel Sparks

MFA Faculty Member

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Sparks' abstract paintings come from an alchemical practice combining esoteric language, sacred geometry, and theatrical artifice. As stated in a review in the Brooklyn Rail, "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."

Her work has been shown at Cheim & Read, NY; MFA, Boston; and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, NY. She is represented by Kate Werble Gallery, NY.


  • Cheim & Read, New York, NY
  • Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York, NY
  • Elizabeth Foundation Gallery, New York, NY
  • D’amelio Terras, New York, NY
  • the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
  • 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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