12th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo Poster
Artwork by Varion Laurent
Artist Varion Laurent, a lifelong resident of New Orleans has been immersed in the colorful cultural dynamic of the city as far back as he can remember; finding beauty in the mundane.
For Laurent, art has always been a way to both stimulate and liberate his subconscious. As early as two years old Laurent began drawing, often times, using the furniture of his parents as his canvas. Having four siblings, taught him early and often the importance of embracing perspectives no matter how much they may differ.Driven by his desire for attempting to recreate this beauty in his own colorful way, his passion for art grew deeper, on a subconscious level.
In 1995 he graduated from St. Augustine High School and was offered a scholarship into Xavier University’s Art Program. It was here where Laurent was first formally trained as an artist. He studied under renowned artist John T. Scott and began to sharpen his greatest tool, his mind.
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit his beloved city of New Orleans. The deluge caused by the levee breaches submerged his Gentilly residence with 7 feet of water, completely destroying Laurent’s entire body of artwork. It took him about 2 years before he could even pick up a paintbrush again. During this emotional time span he could not deny the fact that his creative nature was fighting to resurface. Feeling sobered in the fact that everyone in his city was in the same boat he was, he became inspired to see the city’s rebirth, so, he began painting once more.
Since Laurent’s decision to dive back into painting, he has garnered a ground swell of support. From commissioned pieces of NBA players to producing official Festival Posters such as the Gentilly Festival, French Quarter Festival, Satchmo Fest and now the 12th Annual Bayou Boogaloo Music Festival, Laurent celebrates and showcases the cultural fabric of his city. Through his artwork he hopes to continue to spread the city’s colorfulness and resilience through his paintbrush.
$55 Signed & Numbered Limited Edition Fine Art Print
30 Unsigned Limited Edition Fine Art Print
Varion Laurent Artist Statement