Lauren Childs (b.1977 Bethesda, MD) began her academic art training at age twelve studying classical figurative drawing and still-life drawing at TCU. Throughout her early teens, she continued making art and studying under artists John Moore and Dale Conner at Trinity Valley School, two of her very early and important influences. She continued her education at Northwestern University, studying Theatre Arts, and University of Texas at Arlington, receiving her BA in Art History. While studying at UTA, Lauren was the personal assistant to artist and curator Benito Huerta, working on cataloguing, public art presentations and gallery installations. His influence shaped her early ideologies of what it meant to be an artist. After a decade of working as an artist, she sought to have more technical skill. At this point, she began studying traditional European painting under the instruction of Master Grigor Sabka, and his son Laert Aleksi of Albania.
Lauren has owned and operated a specialty painting company since 2004, and has worked on murals, verre eglomise (reverse glass gilding), faubois, leafing and marbling. She has worked in the finest residences and commercial spaces in the DFW area, including the George W. Bush Library Private Penthouse Quarters in Dallas, TX, The Joule Hotel Penthouse and Charlie Palmer Restaurant, and Greystone Castle in Mingus,TX. She was awarded the cover of the FWSO annual 2011-12 calendar year for her painted violin from Passions of the Pallette, one of their charity events. In 2014, Lauren and J.W Wilson formed Fort Works Art, a fine art representative organization. Aimed to revitalize the art scene in Fort Worth, the company holds large-scale events incorporating other artistic genres in their exhibitions. They seek to bring art out of the traditional gallery setting and make it exciting and more accessible to the community.
Lauren's work is confrontational and skillfully executed. She explores darker issues of the human condition, however paints in a vibrant and captivating style. She consistently seeks to capture both the beauty and despair of life in her work. This reflects her personal psychology and history. Lauren has a special interest in Contemporary Realism, grounded in academic training.
9TH ANNUAL TAC JURIED COMPETITION 2014
Selected artist for exhibition - Judy Tedford Deaton- Chief Curator of The Grace Museum
THE ARTIST'S MAGAZINE ART COMPETITION 2014
Selected Finalist Portraits/Figures
SIGLO DE ORO INTERNATIONAL 2014
3rd Place Oils
PASSIONS FROM THE PALETTE 2012-12
Selected Artist – Artwork on Cover of all FWSO 2011-12 Programs