Hey. I'm Lory.
I am a contemporary visual artist, maker, and event designer living where I was born, Washington, DC. Most of my paintings are layered and highly textured, bearing the evidence of my own hand and the environment in which they were made.
In 2014, I started LoLA Loves, an art and event studio here in DC. I began planning private parties and making beautiful things. The goal was and remains simple: to make life more beautiful.
My most recent and most beloved project is the Abstract Sisterhood, a collective of conceptually-driven Black women artists. In addition to an in-person collective, Abstract Sisterhood is a photo blog of abstract and conceptual art by the larger sisterhood of women of the African Diaspora. I am thrilled to say that there is much more to come from this little project of mine!
Wanna know even more about me? MMKAY.
I love to talk.
I have been painting and making things with my hands for as long as I can remember. My first art teachers were my parents, Cassandra Ivey and Reginald Alexander, both professional artists and designers in their own rights. I can't remember when I started painting, but I got my first sewing machine when I was 5 and was first published as a poet in a national journal at 11. I continued painting, writing, throwing pottery, and sewing through high school (my first machine quilted wall-hanging was my senior project!), but much to my mother's dismay, I blew off my pre-college portfolio class.
I attended Tufts University, where I studied English and Africana studies. While there, I studied Art as a Process, Oil Painting, Children's Book Illustration, and Making Art Books through Tuft's partnership with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
Other stuff: I am a lawyer. I once wrote a book about a 1964 double murder. No, you can't read that one, but I have more books to come.
Questions, Ideas, & Inquiries
LoLA Loves LLC
Lory Ivey Alexander
+1 (240) 686 5679