When I saw Lori's painting of Madonna, which she did for the 'World on Fire' exhibit curated by Black Eyed Peas' Will. I. Am, Kris Lewis and Justin Giarla from The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, I was, once again, impressed by her skills. She managed to exemplify Madonna's essence, blending that 'I dare you to challenge me' look in her eyes with her need-to-please vulnerability. Not only did she nail Madonna's likeness, but Lori managed to capture Madonna's attitude while maintaining her artistic vision.
Madonna by Lori Earley, 2009
Compare Lori's painting with this recent Louis Vuitton ad:
Madonna by Marc Jacobs and Steven Meisel
Look at the attitude in Lori's painting. Look at her subject's eyes and gesture. Then look at Madonna in this LV ad. Same look in the eyes. The gesture may be different, but there is still that attitude that is unique to Madonna.
And then there's that Da Vinci factor. Her paintings remind me of the old master, especially stylistically. She seems to be painting variations on Da Vinci's Mona Lisa; the atmospheric perspective in the background, with a woman mysteriously communicating 'something' in the foreground. The flawless brush strokes, the cultivated use of color and composition, the refined artistic taste (ie. no blood, spikes, excessive tattoos - I like tattoos, just not everywhere).
Here is Lori's latest piece, which she was kind enough to post on her website, creating some buzz for her first European show in London, England at The Opera Gallery.
Ms. V by Lori Earley, 2009
And here is Mona Lisa. The influence is obvious.
Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1503-1506