Lori Earley was born in Westchester County, New York in the small conservative town of Rye. She was raised in a very unartistic household; her father was a police lieutenant and her mother was an administrative assistant. Despite not being exposed to the arts, Earley instinctually began drawing as soon as she learned how to hold a pencil in her hand and spent almost everyday of her childhood passionately drawing and painting. The absence of artistic influences and artistic nurturing, however, did not stop Earley's vivid imagination and her creativity somehow continued to flourish from within herself throughout the years... essentially developing her artistic style in a “vacuum” so to speak. Looking back at this situation, most art critics agree that this was perhaps a good thing because it allowed Earley to develop her own, purely unique style, untouched and uninfluenced by anything else or any other artists.
Eager to share her artistic vision with the rest of the world, Earley began her training towards becoming a fine artist at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, graduating at the top of her class with a BFA. A few years after graduating from SVA, Earley then began to exhibit her work in galleries in New York City. When she emerged on the art scene, Earley's paintings and drawings were so unique that she was quickly acclaimed as an exceptional, new talent, praised for her rare, signature authentic portraiture. Her stylized, elongated subjects echoed Mannerist elements and the dramatic lighting of the Baroque period. Her eccentric, accentuated realism drew attention from galleries, established artists and collectors, which immediately propelled Earley to the forefront of a burgeoning art movement. Her recognition as a leading female contemporary master painter grew internationally and moved Earley into the celebrated realm of solo exhibitions in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York City and London. “In an art movement that has managed to juggernaut to such a size and scope that it encompasses a virtual golden age of artistic talent, it takes a lot for a particular artist to stand out as a shining star of an art scene, yet that is what painter Lori Earley has managed to do in a relatively short time” - Hi*Fructose Collected 2 book wrote.
At the height of her success, Earley was diagnosed with a rare genetic connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) causes faulty and weak collagen, which is essentially the "glue" that holds the entire body together. Earley was then forced to take an unwanted hiatus from her art due to complications from her EDS and spent the next several years having many corrective surgeries. Throughout that extremely difficult time, Earley remained active on social media, raising awareness for Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and giving strength and inspiration to those in similar situations. One of the few good things Earley had discovered about her diagnosis however was the connection she had made between her Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and her very unique style of painting: "I was recently diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. It's an extremely rare, genetic syndrome in which the physical features of someone with it tend to have large eyes, a slender build and stretchy, elongated hyper-mobile limbs, and it tends to make you feel very stretched and elongated. The pain can be mild to excruciating, and I think the pain has lent itself well to emotions of the figures in my painting. When I found out I had it, it was like an epiphany! I think I finally had an answer as to where the natural distortion from my figures came from, and a lot of my fans made the connection as well. It was a very interesting discovery!" - An excerpt from Auxiliary Magazine's interview with Lori Earley, "Femme and Fatilite", Oct/Nov 2011 issue.
Although Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a life-long, chronic degenerative disorder with no cure or treatment, Earley still remains optimistic and more determined than ever in hopes that she will paint again one day. She is currently doing everthing she possibly can to help improve her condition with the help of a special team of doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida and is also planning on writing a book about her unique life story in hopes to inspire others. With her never-ending fighting spirit, Earley's strength and determination continues to be an inspiration for others. Her fans and the art world patiently await her return.
2014 "Laments and Lullabies" Solo Show, Opera Gallery, London, England
2009 "Laments and Lullabies" Solo Show, Opera Gallery, London, England
2009 "Worlds on Fire" Group Show, Los Angeles, California
2008 "Crimes on Canvas" Group Show, Las Vegas, Nevada
2008 “Made in New York” Group Show, Opera Gallery, New York, New York
2008 “Fade to Gray” Solo Show, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, New York
2008 “Deep Pop” Group Show, Kenneth Chapman Gallery, Iona College, New Rochelle, NY
2007 “Anima Sola” Solo Show, Opera Gallery, New York, New York
2007 “Venus” Group Show, Roq La Rue, Seattle, Washington
2006 “Arcanum” Group Show, Strychnin Gallery, New York, New York
2006 "Estranged" Solo Show, Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, California
2005 "The Pony Project" Group Show, The Milk Gallery, New York, New York
2005 "Sin" Group Show, Excellent Virtu Gallery, Deland, Florida
2005 "Goddess" Group Show at the Opera Gallery, New York, New York
2005 "Idols of Perversity" Group Show, Bellwether Gallery, New York, New York
2005 "The Eye of the Illuminati" Group Show, Copro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica, California
2005 Solo Show at Roq La Rue, Seattle, Washington
2005 "Pop Pluralism" Group Show, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York, New York
2005 "Winter Group Show" Group Show, Fuse Gallery, New York, New York
2004 "The Juxtapoz Magazine NYC Group Show" Group Show, Fuse Gallery, New York, New York
2004 "Fantastic Visions" Group Show, Limner Gallery, Phoenicia, New York
2004 "Emerging Artists 2004" Group Show, Limner Gallery, New York, New York
Earley's work has appeared in NYArts Magazine, The New York Post, The New York Sun, Hi Fructose Magazine, WeAr Global, Magazine, Bon Magazine, Fefé Magazine, Juxtapoz Magazine, Elegy, Rojo Magazine, Direct Art Magazine, Traffic, Fine Art Magazine, Bizarre Magazine, The L Magazine, Home and Garden Magazine, Beautiful Bizarre, Bon, Fefe Magazine, Laminate Magazine, Plaztik Magazine, Celtic Family Magazine and Art of England.
Copro Nason Book- "A Catalogue Raisonne", Hi Fructose Book Collective II, "Heros and Villains" Book, Metamorphosis 2 Book.