I have a fun post for you guys today. Let’s backtrack to when Brandon and I were on Harbour Island this spring  and we walked into the Princess Street Gallery. I laid my eyes on a painting by Stacey Lawrence and immediately fell in love with it. Once we ended up buying it, I tagged Stacey on instagram and then we started chatting through DMs. I learned that she’s from Charleston (now working in Atlanta), so we obviously created a connection around that. It’s a small world! We chatted about our love of the Bahamas and I learned a few really cool stories about some of her paintings.

 

 

One conversation with Stacey led to the next and we decided that the next time she came back to Charleston, she’d bring along some of her pieces and we’d have a chance to meet in person. Well, it happened last week! She filled our home with quite a bit of her work and left them overnight so that I’d have a chance to try them in different spaces. We both thought it would be a lot of fun for me to photograph her paintings and share them here on my blog. And selfishly, I really wanted another one of her pieces, so this was a really cool way to be able to try some of them in different places in our house.

 

 

Meeting Stacey in person was a real treat. She’s the type of person you’d want to go hang out on a beach with all day with cold drinks and lots of fun conversation. We could have talked for hours!

Here’s the piece we picked up in the Bahamas. It has a snippet of an old Bahamas map that Stacey once had hanging in her studio.

 

 

And how beautiful is this one below? I love the touch of lavender in it. It’s 36×36, papers on canvas.

 

 

Stacey’s painting style is really cool. It’s contemporary abstract—and a great deal of it is water influenced, but not in an obvious way. This one is ‘one day in indonesia.’  oil on canvas. 40×30

 

 

I love this one. It’s large and in charge at 60×48—and the texture is so cool. It’s called Octopus Garden. Brandon and I actually decided to keep this one because we love it so much. Too funny though… it was supposed to be headed to the gallery on Harbour Island after leaving our house, which is something because that is the gallery where we first discovered Stacey’s paintings.

 

 

‘before you find true love’  mixed media on canvas. 36×36

 

 

I just realized the one below is upside down in this picture! You can see it turned the right way here and on the Stacey Lawrence Art website. It’s called ‘vintage’ and is mixed media on birch box. 24 x 18

 

 

I’m OBSESSED with these two below. The items in the painting represent “floaters,” as Stacey calls them. Floaters are basically random bits that float up on the ocean shore. She picks these up and collects them during beach walks. Think pieces of net, buoys, parts of rope and fishing line—things like that.

If you have an empty wall, then these two would be gorgeous hung alongside each other.

 

 

Here’s another thing I thought was really cool. This picture below allows you to see the layers and layers of paint that Stacey uses to transform her work.

 

 

Below is ‘Simply.’ Mixed media on canvas. 30×24.

 

 

‘secret spaces’ mixed media on paper. 30×22

 

 

‘muse’ mixed media on paper. 30×22

 

 

‘brave’ mixed media on board. 22×24   and   ‘sullivan’ mixed media on board. 22×24

 

 

I love how these two pieces have copies of vintage photos incorporated into them.

 

 

Where to find Stacey’s work?

Her studio is in Atlanta, so if you’re in the area you can reach out to her to check out her studio. (Contact info below!) If you’re on Harbour Island in the Bahamas, you can find Stacey’s work at Princess Street Gallery.

By the way, if you see something you like that I’ve photographed above, you can reach out to Stacey at [email protected]

You can also find her on instagram at @staceylawrenceart.

www.staceylawrenceart.com

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5 Comments

  1. Emily
    June 18, 2019 / 3:01 pm

    I have to agree-Hideous!

  2. Katharine
    June 19, 2019 / 1:10 pm

    Unfortunately, I have to agree with the other posters…not my cup of tea. However, I know NOTHING about art and I know beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I can appreciate that this post was outside the norm and for that, it was refreshing.

    • holycitychic
      Author
      June 20, 2019 / 10:57 am

      Thank you Katharine. Just like an outfit, not everyone is going to like it! And that’s totally ok. 🙂

  3. Susanna
    June 19, 2019 / 4:26 pm

    I think the fact that you unknowingly had one of these ‘pieces’ turned upside down speaks to the fact that you have no idea what this ‘art’ is. But if you and your hard working husband can afford $2K plus for one of these ‘works of art’…
    Go to the Hob Lob, pick up a couple of $10 blank canvases, a pack of watercolors and brushes and then give them to your kids. I guarantee they can produce finer pieces of ‘art’ than the examples pictured above.
    Good luck – love your blog:)

    • holycitychic
      Author
      June 20, 2019 / 10:56 am

      Hi Susanna, Thank you for the comment. It’s abstract art, which doesn’t necessarily have a clear “right side up.” 🙂

      The beauty of art is that every piece and every artist is not for everyone. Some people have appreciation for a certain style of art while others have appreciation for different styles. Brandon and I LOVE collecting art and have all sorts of styles in our home. Figure drawings, abstract pieces, traditional landscapes, paintings of our children, paintings BY our children- ha! etc.

      Not everything I post here will be something everyone loves, that’s for sure, but I appreciate your following along.

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