Artbeat: East London street artist Anna Laurini
January 5, 2016
Ever since I saw the distinctive face painted on scaffolding, I’ve been seeing the same image with subtle variations popping up everywhere, and it was my mission to find out who was behind such beautiful work. Mystery solved, its Anna Laurini, an accomplished artist from Milan, who now calls East London home. We talked about everything including life, love and Cara Delevigne; and for ArtBeat, I’ve captured the highlights from our conversation. And to Anna, I say simply ‘grazie’!
Describe London in three words.
Sarcasm – I do like the British sense of humour. Individualism, which in my own experience helped me to be more focused on my own persona and to discover who I am and what I want to do in life Finally, I would say snob, as it can be a very classist society which affects the art world too, but I’m kind of used to it by now.
It’s an addiction, a vital function which started from the studio and sometimes into the streets. I’ve been painting for many years, but only 3 years ago I started to paint on the street after a friend encouraged me. It was a challenge but now it’s a pure addiction. My art is mainly a message of beauty and it is important to me to bring it back (to the street and to others).
What was the song of your youth?
I was listening a lot to The Doors. Every song of Jim Morrison makes me want to sing out loud! I still listen to them to this day and sometimes I even use his lyrics in my paintings.
What do you love about what you do?
When I’m painting, I feel like I’m in the right place at the right time. I feel grounded with myself and with the universe. It is a special moment. I would give up everything else to continue painting. As soon as I start painting, I channel whatever energy I may have at that time into something productive. It’s very therapeutic and makes me feel safe.
Having to describe the work, because it ultimately comes from an inner place. The work can represent nothing and everything depending on the connection you make with the work.
What makes London’s arts and culture scene unique to you?
London’s art scene is very structured and could be perceived as restrictive. To me is not very unique but it is the place where I live at the moment so I make art here as I would do it anywhere else
Who should we be keeping an eye out for on the arts and culture scene.
Banksy, is always innovative, effective, witty and superbly brilliant in convey his message.
What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
I try not to do scary things but painting on the streets at times can be thrilling… and I love the buzz from it!
Share something about you that would surprise us!
I’m kind of shy, but my art gives me the confidence I need.
What’s your favourite spot in London?
Home in Stoke Newington where my magic happens… where I paint.
Who do you love to follow on Twitter/Instagram?
I follow David Icke – he is on Twitter and Facebook.
*I made a note to look him up. He is an acclaimed author and presents his own view of the world and what is happening around us. Some class it as conspiracy theories. I see it a version of someone’s truth in the world.
What’s the last country you visited?
I go back often to Italy, but I was in Paris in October to do some street art. The next stop is New York in Spring to do even more street art.
Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
Cara Delevigne. I think she has a cute face and personality.
What are you doing after this interview?
Going home to paint!
Anna’s next exhibit of work is happening in February, details can found by following her below. Like me, you won’t be able to stop recognising her work around London: