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Layered Narrative: The Art Portfolio of Laurey Foulkes

An illustration of two strange creaturesUntitled

Laurey Foulkes was born into an artistic family and began studying art at an early age. In her current practice, the artist creates deeply layered narrative illustrations that invite close inspection and imaginative viewings.

A painting of ghostly birds in a meadowGhost Birds, oil on masonite


I really enjoy the dark, saturated colour palettes that Laurey tends to use in her works, particularly in her painting and mixed media gallery. The works in this gallery tend to feature figures -- human, animal, and otherwise -- interacting in spaces and environments that are both familiar and dreamlike; slightly off-kilter in a way that evokes a space somewhere between reality and fantasy.

The front page of Laurey Foulke's art portfolio


As we saw in our previous feature of Laurey’s intriguingly hermetic illustrations, the content of these illustrations leans into dark, sometimes macabre subject matter, yet never becomes so overt so as to keep the viewer from forming their own ideas or narratives to match the imagery. I look forward to seeing more of what Laurey has been working on in recent years!

A self-portrait collage by Laurey FoulkesSelf Portrait Collage

About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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