Lauren Ainsworth Mills
The paintings and sculptures of Lauren Ainsworth Mills are the result of an amalgamation of past years illustrating books, mainly fairy tales of her own telling; classical training at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Connecticut, the Grand Central Academy of Art in New York City and private workshops in the U.S. and abroad. Mills’ work is also influenced by 19th century European artists of figurative realism, with a particular focus on the symbolists and those working in the narrative tradition. Lauren Ainsworth Mills’ fine art, created under her full name, focuses on the relationship of nature and the divine feminine, often employing gold or silver leaf with her oils or egg tempera paintings to achieve an otherworldly quality and a feeling of timelessness.
Mills’ work has been reviewed and featured in the Fine Art Connoisseur Magazine, Smithsonian, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, American Artist, Victorian Magazine, DPI Magazine of Taiwan, International Artist Magazine, the Washington Post describing her paintings as “exquisite…complex…and radiant…” and the New York Times calling her work “alluring…to the point of Pre-Raphaelitism.”
Mills’ paintings and sculptures have been chosen for inclusion in major exhibitions, including: Enchantment at the Norman Rockwell Museum, the Exhibition of American-Chinese Realism, Art Renewal Center’s International Salon Competitions, Society of Sculptors, Portrait Society of America (1st place in Member’s Competition), Spectrum, Best of Fantastic Art, the Salmagundi Club, (First Place, Member’s show), Allied Artists of America (Gold Medal winner), American Women Artists Exhibition and the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., where she was a keynote speaker.