Launa Winship is a French Australian color enthusiast multimedia artist, born in 1991 in Biarritz, France.
In 1995, her family bought a catamaran in the Caribbean and circumnavigated the globe for 6 years. During that time, her imagination and passion for art flourished as a result of large amounts of confinement between countries. Her sticker collection extensively grew in South East Asia.
Launa completed a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts/Visual Arts in Brisbane and a Diploma in Graphic Design in Melbourne. For the next 3 years, she worked as a graphic designer in conjunction with solo and group exhibitions. In 2016, she moved to Paris where she worked full time in the fashion industry. At the end of 2019, Launa began freelancing to focus more on her art practice. She is now living in Biarritz.
Launa has recently terminated her series ‘Cute But Deadly’ (2018 - 2022). She is currently working on her series ‘Gift Shop’ (2022 - ). Both collections are based on her fascination with 'variety stores' and their eclectic range of mass-produced goods, including Jesus candles, plastic hand grenades, Buddha statues, etc. The stickers/imagery chosen are associated with millennial mass-produced pop culture and are sourced in a constant treasure hunt method.
‘Cute But Deadly’ focused on the desensitization of death and weapons. This was sparked by her confusion about how replica plastic toy weapons are sold for children to play with. Within this series she simplified two-dimensional versions of objects, then meticulously filled the surface with stickers, creating multileveled textured works.
'Gift Shop' has a particular focus on the mass production of Catholic plastic merchandise. Launa is captivated by how you can buy these historical icons, at sacred sites such as The Vatican, Lourdes aka Catholic Disney Land, and her favorite location the Bizarre stores scattered around the world. She saturates these symbols that are cheaply sold with an accumulation of stickers, glitter, and imagery to question consumer culture and to point out the contradiction of symbols that have caused a lot of tension throughout history now produced in China and sold at rock bottom prices.
She has been recently venturing away from paper and creating sculptures by experimenting with materials such as aluminum, Plexiglas, cardboard, resin, paint, Styrofoam, PLA, wood, and found objects.
*Launa solely comments on the Catholic Church as she has prior knowledge of this religion.
2020, 2021 - Private collectors: France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Reunion Islands, USA,
Australia, Germany, and Austria
2022 - Featured artist at Nassau 42 Gallery - Antwerp Belgium
2021 - Featured artist on Sauvage Gallery - Online
2021 - The kindness we speak, Flipa Gallery, Barcelona
2021 - Martha Cooper Sticker Call, Group exhibition, Urban Nation, Berlin
2021 - Couleurs Pop art sur Paris, Galerie du Very Galant, Paris
2021 - Envision Arts Magazine, Magazine
2020/2021 - Featured on Catawiki - Online
2020 - Prints Exhibitions, L’Oeil Ouvert Gallery, Paris - Group exhibition
2019 - Small Works Show, Off the Kerb Gallery, Melbourne - Group exhibition
2016 - Rainbow Road, Off the Kerb Gallery, Melbourne 2016 - Solo exhibition
2016 - You And Me Both Magazine, Magazine
2016 - The Wild, Off the Kerb Gallery, Melbourne - Group exhibition
2015 - Arcadia, Off the Kerb Gallery, Melbourne - Group exhibition
2015 - Stolen Publications, Magazine, 2015
2015 - Opulence, The Black Cat, Melbourne - Solo exhibition
2015 - Small Works Show, Off the Kerb Gallery, Melbourne - Group exhibition
2014 - Stolen Publications, Magazine
2014 - Silly to the hills, Workshop Bar, Melbourne - Solo exhibition
2014 - The death of an image, Off The Kerb Gallery, Melbourne - Group exhibition & curator
2014 - Creatures, Off the Kerb Gallery, Melbourne - Group exhibition
2013 - Falafel Wrap, The Peoples Market, Melbourne, 2013 - Solo exhibition
2013 - Axion Magazine, Magazine
2012 - New Works, Brunswick Street Gallery, Melbourne
2011 - Graduate Show - Queensland University of Technology