Dec. 5, 2019 | Thursday Artist Talk: Yvette Lauer, “The Art of Death”

Death is something everyone experiences throughout life: death of jobs, relationships, loved ones, and ultimately what awaits us beyond this earthly existence.

Surrey-based artist Yvette Lauer brings to light this dark subject in her realistic portraits and street art paintings. “What scares us most can bring the most liberation in our art practice,” she says.

In her illustrated talk, Lauer will walk the audience through history, looking at the ways in which various cultures reflect on death through art. These works provide a glimpse into the social attitudes and practices of those people and time periods. Lauer will also take the audience through her own musings on death through paintings that honour and explore the passing of loved ones and jobs in her own life.

About the Artist

Yvette Lauer is a self-trained artist who began painting in a street-art style to communicate her vision of the world. Through realism, portraits, and graffiti, she links the divergent worlds she lives in. She is raising her children in a fractured world influenced heavily by media, politics, and war. She finds her inspiration in the innocence of youth, which starkly contrasts the dirty and confusing world of city streets. Yvette has shown her work in BC, Alberta, Newfoundland, and El Salvador. Her piece Bazooka Boy won 3rd place in the Arts 2018 juried show at Surrey Art Gallery. She is a current member of the Arts Council of Surrey and the Semiahmoo Arts Society.  


Dec 5, 2018


7:30 PM - 9:00 PM




Surrey Art Gallery, 13750 88 Ave. Surrey BC