Lauren Pirie


Lauren Pirie is a freelance illustrator and multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto. She is best known for; her intricate ink drawings, which defy the boundaries of reality; her illustration work for publishing, film, and fashion; and sustainability projects, as Creative Director of the About Face Collective. Recently, Lauren illustrated her first children's book, Ella And The Balloons In the Sky for Tundra Books/ Random House. 

Ways I Work

Favourite artist(s) right now

Winnie Truong, Tau Lewis, Rajni Perera, Broadbent Sisters, Kaye Blegvad, Laura Dawe, Rihanna.

When did you start making art, and why?

I think I have always made art. When I was 5 or so, I would use my Grandma's ottoman as a booth to sell my drawings to my family for $2 or something. At that point, it was probably to buy candy, or stickers, or save up for a hieroglyphics set.

I'm really good at making (a) ...

A mess.

What do you listen to when you work?

CBC, Bitch Media's Backtalk/ Popaganda Podcasts, 2 Dope Queens, Democracy Now, Various dancehall mixes, Drake, Rihanna

Everyone should know about

Intersectional Feminism, Bakerbots.

Describe your home in 3 words

Art, plants, magic.

Beverage of choice

Coffee/ Cab Sauv.

Your favourite spot in Toronto right now

High Park, anywhere with bike lanes, The Common.

Favourite medium

Ink on paper. I mostly use acrylic inks (which a lot of people assume are watercolour) and micron pens.

Jays vs. Raptors

Depends which sport they're playing, I guess? ;) I grew up as a bat catcher and filling sketchbooks with drawings of Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar, so I'm going to have to say Jays.


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