Lauren Baker (B.1982) is a British contemporary multidisciplinary artist from Middlesbrough, UK, who now lives and works in London. Her work explores human connection, metaphysics and the expansiveness of the universe. Lauren's signature neon works portray the power of energy through her poetic typographic and celestial chakra artworks. Passionate about environmental issues and sustainability, the artist uses light to express the 'secrets of the universe' and aims to raise the vibration of love and connection within the world.
She is an experimental artist whose practice expands across multiple disciplines and mediums to address the vastness of the universe. Conceptually grounded but also aesthetically striking, her work involves making the unseen seen. Baker’s visual style is often built around either emitting or reflecting light. Many of her pieces directly reference the frequencies emitted by astronomical bodies, as well as those attributed to plants, human organs and chakras. A sense of mystery and emergence - of connecting with something beyond or much bigger than our own immediate world - pulsates throughout her work.
One of her most recent collaboration was for Frieze Week, when Baker collaborated with BMW Culture X Frieze to launch public light art ‘One Thought Changes Everything’, on October, 2020.
Her large scale celestial public art installations have been commissioned in the UK and as far as the Middle East. Most recently, sculptures - inspired by the frequency of the Sun and the Moon - both at 4 metres tall, were placed in a Unesco Protected World Heritage site in the desert (Mar 2020).
Commissioned by Croydon Council to create a 7.5-metre neon across a bridge (2017), Lauren's neon typography is renowned for bringing hope and joy. She has created installations at The V&A, Tate Britain and Tate Modern and her work are held in collections worldwide.
With a focus on environmental sustainability, Lauren is an Ambassador for One Tree Planted, as well as Save Wild Tigers, and has done multiple collaborations with Help Refugees. Her artwork has raised over 80k for charity. Lauren has a MISSION to plant 8888 trees in the Amazon. In 2019, the artist focused on environmental art activism installations ‘Letter To Mother Earth’ at Tate Exchange and ‘An Open Dialogue With Nature’ at Saatchi Art’s The Other Art Fair. In 2020 Lauren focused support towards The Big Issue, designing an electric guitar in collaboration with Fender which was auctioned.
Recent works visually interpret unseen energy. Lauren listens to sound frequencies and gets in a meditative state to digitally paint auras and energy, she then incorporates diamond dust, neon and kinetic elements to create celestial artworks. Her collection ‘The Immensity of The Universe’ was released in Saatchi Gallery (Sep 2018) which consists in a sensory experience that explores the origins of the universe and the intriguing beauty born from destruction and chaos.
Baker’s most intricate work, which sold for £420,000 to an influential sheikh in Qatar, is a Steinway grand piano encrusted with half a million crystals (Feb 2015). The Crystal Tigress; a sculpted life-size tiger head encrusted with 52,000 crystals, which toured Asia, and was endorsed by Jimmy Choo and Jaime Winstone, fetched £30,000 at the tiger conservation charity auction for Save Wild Tigers. (2014).