Back Talk: A Conversation with Lola

September 08, 2012


To celebrate the inaugural opening of their newest space CHG Circa, gallerists Jan Corey Helford and Bruce Helford are pleased to present “Haro,” the highly-anticipated solo exhibition by artist Lola. And we celebrate by having a conversation with Lola on this same occasion.


“Haro” reflects Lola’s most personal work to date. Based in Southern California her entire life, Lola recently relocated to the United Kingdom. She adds, “These paintings are reminders of what it means to chase a dream. I decided one year ago to change everything I know about comfort, leave my Los Angeles home, and save all I can to move myself and my girls to a cozy setting in England.”


“Haro” combines the daydreams of what we desire with the discipline it requires to make significant life changes, as Lola experienced during the year leading up to her show. Lola says, “It takes great sacrifice and a world of introspection, which I wasn’t exactly prepared for. We get so caught up with having ‘things’ — consumption. I decided to give it all away, put myself back in my childhood home and paint.”


Having sold out her first two shows, “Haro” is Lola’s third exhibition with Corey Helford Gallery, and for CHG Circa’s inaugural exhibition, she will unveil thirteen new paintings. While her palette remains soft and ethereal, her technique moves toward a more realistic aesthetic. Lola’s enchanting narratives continue to explore themes of discovery, hope and finding one’s authentic voice, despite life’s challenges. “I think this show, like all I work toward, has a silver lining.”


The opening reception for “Haro,” takes place on Saturday, September 8 at CHG Circa, and is open to the public. The exhibition will be on view through October 6, 2012.




Where are you living and working right now?

I'm in Bristol England.


Least favorite part of making art? And your favorite part...

The first layers/ love the finishing touches.


Favorite medium to work with?

I've just started playing with oils, and I really like it, but I'm most comfortable with acrylics.



Last art show / exhibition you saw:

I've been cooped up painting, so it's been a while... I think the Joshua Petker exhibit at LaBasse right before moving.


If you could collaborate with one artist, living or dead, who would it be?

Jan Van Eyck


Artist(s) that inspire you?

Travis Louie, Oliver Vernon, James Jean, David Kassan ... Off the top of my head.



What time of day are you most productive?

Night time, while no distractions.


Currently listening to?



How do you take your coffee?

I take tea.


Last meal?

Turkey sandwich on rye with French onion soup


Last three places you have lived?

Sherman Oakes, West Hollywood, and San Francisco.



Last time you traveled? To where?

A few weeks ago I went to Wales to drink in a pub next to a castle built in the 1100's. It's so beautiful there, you can see for miles and miles!


What website(s) do you visit most often?

Huffington Post


Website you're most ashamed that you visit daily?




A quote that has stuck with you?

This thing called paint is a soul stirring, brain twisting, time absorbing, all exacting something which monopolizes ones whole being and eventually transcends all other interest - Henry Miller


The most trivial thing you know?

Fried spiders taste like nuts.


High school GPA?




Least artistic award you've received?

1st place dance award back in my kid days.


Oddest job you've done to make rent?

Painted kids furniture.


DIY, Ask a question we didn't and answer it.

What is the most chivalrous bug of all the bug kingdom?

Crickets :)




Inaugural Exhibition

Opening Reception Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 7-10pm

On View September 8 – October 6, 2012