current work - vessel series

current work - vessel series

The sea is not unfamiliar to Lauritzen. Since the 1950's, sailing has provided him, not only recreation, but also inspiration. "To be at the helm, to feel the hull surging under power of wind and sail...a thrilling experience." With this series, he has managed to reduce the grand experience to a simple statement. The boat's lyrical shape gives meaning to the phrase, "form follows function". His iconographic, yet highly structured compositions, hint of his architectural experience. Conversation with line sets the foundation for his work, creating mathematical rhythms - a subliminal, visual poetry.

However frontal and graphic, these paintings are infused with nautical atmosphere, with light and weather. Over the years Lauritzen has bridged the gap between representation and abstraction, but, there remains throughout his work, an authority and common thread of identity. Though he has traveled widely and sailed many seas, he claims "My greatest adventures take place in the studio where every painting is a new experience."

vessels gallery
v004 v021 v027 v026 v011
v019 v020 v037 v031 v015_v032