Tulsa’s “peephole” artist
Up-and-coming local artist Lindsay Larremore offers a distinctive view on everyday life with her “peephole” paintings.
Lindsay Larremore holds the newest work in her series of “peephole” oil paintings, “9:17 AM.” Behind her is another “peephole” painting, “10:12 PM.” Her art is on display at the M.A. Doran Gallery in Brookside.
It has been said, “Art is in the eye of the beholder,” but the idea of innocently peering through a random peephole, as art, definitely conjures eye-opening thoughts not normally considered art.
One Tulsa artist, Lindsay Larremore, a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University, is creatively pursuing the peephole concept as her trademark — paintings of random moments in life as seen in spheres and circles. Her creations are currently on exhibit at the M.A. Doran Gallery in Brookside.
TulsaPeople recently caught up with Larremore to learn more about how she chose the out-of-the-ordinary visual experience.
How did you get your start in painting?
I have always loved art, and from an early age, it came naturally to me. I first noticed I really had a knack for it when I was about 12 years old. I started drawing at a young age and didn’t start dabbling in painting seriously until about four years ago. I actually got my first degree in interior design, thinking I could make more of a living out of my artistic self. A few frustrating years after … I seriously regretted not studying art. So I decided to pursue another degree, this time in fine arts, and that’s when I fell in love with oil painting.
Name some artists you have studied with through the years, and describe how they have influenced your work.
The main artists I have studied with are my professors from college. … The main ones who really made a difference in my growth in art are Angela Piehl and Liz Roth, who both specialize in oil painting and drawing. These women really pushed me to dig deep down and to find out why I was painting. Without them, I would have never come to this body of work. They helped me refine the path I was on with my art. They really brought me out of my shell.
What or who influenced you to try “peephole” concept painting?
What is the most difficult part of this type of artwork? I first came up with the “peephole” concept in college after I had been painting a series of reflections from a brass doorknob. I was very interested in the distortion of the reflections in the doorknob and in the idea that they are in every room of a house. I thought they could see everything that happened in the rooms, like an all-seeing eye. I wanted to try to take the doorknob out and just make a round painting.
That’s when the idea came to me that peepholes were even more voyeuristic and added great meaning to my growing concept of being watched. The most difficult part of making these realistic distorted scenes is that I constantly want to fix the distortion.
My brain wants to make things straight and perfect, and it can be a real challenge to have the painting come across as really looking through a peephole. But it is very fun to think of the scenes. I try to think of things that are very innocent and ordinary but can make the viewer feel like a voyeur.
You spent some time in Italy as a painter. How did the trip (or trips) influence your current painting style?
I have taken two trips to Italy, where I studied painting. I think that seeing all of the beautiful art in person in Florence really inspired me to want to paint in a realistic style.
… Painting in Italy was just lovely, and those memories are rooted deep within me as an artist in a way that’s difficult to explain.
Are you or will you have any exhibits in Tulsa in the near future?
Although I haven’t had any solo exhibits in Tulsa, I have been blessed with the opportunity to be represented by M.A. Doran Gallery on Brookside. In the past, I had only participated in juried shows. So it’s nice to be represented by a gallery now.
How do you balance working an outside job as a bank teller with your painting?
The job that I have is only afternoon, so it allows me to be able to paint in the mornings. I … hope someday to be able to support myself with just my art. … But for now, I can’t have one without the other. It’s a battle I think most artists unfortunately deal with in the beginning.