As if Atlanta’s art scene couldn’t get any better, stylish Brit-turned-ATLien Laurie Duncan’s gallery of wallworthy pieces are making their way into homes and stores all over the city. Here, meet the blond beauty behind the fashion-forward watercolor prints everyone’s lusting after. @laurieduncanart
So you grew up in England?
Yes! I was born and raised a stone’s throw away from London in a town called Reading.
When did your artistic side start showing itself?
I was constantly drawing, painting and crafting silly fashion magazines and paper dolls for as long as I can remember—taking over the entire dining room table with every art tool imaginable (my mum is seriously the most patient person I know).
You’ve created a lot of superchic pieces. But if you had to choose, which would be your favorite?
I think it would have to be the portrait of Frida Kahlo that I created last year in support of International Women’s Day. I wanted to create a piece that showed my belief that we should all be feminists and fight to stop the discrimination, poverty and violence toward women around the world.
How has your success been in ATL?
I know you’ve done quite a few pop-ups. Amazing! My very first pop-up was at West Elm in Ponce City Market in July of last year, which blew me away. The reaction was so positive. … I’ve also created many commissioned pieces for clients that discovered my work from these events.
Favorite local spot?
You can often find me admiring the incredible interior design and cocktail menu at Kimball House, or inhaling the amazing street-style Indian food at Chai Pani. Krog Street Market is also one of my favorite places to head to for a quick bite.
What’s up next for you?
I’m actually working on some handpainted artworks to be featured on apparel for a major fashion retailer, which is superexciting. I’m planning to focus on expanding into more retail partnerships across the city this year, as well as looking into the possibility of hosting my very first ‘watercolor workshop’… artsy cocktails included, of course!