Deanna Lautenbach – Too HIP To Be Square

Deanna Lautenbach is an abstract artist who uses unconventional tools to make beautiful pieces of art. She creates art that is then displayed at Hip Furniture in Portland. She is passionate about what she does; and her art is unique and one of a kind.

Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

I am a stay-at-home mom, but art is kind of what I do for fun on the side. I have always been creative. I am in a super- unique situation with Hip because as an artist to have an outlet to sell stuff, to be creative and continually be doing it is amazing.

Can you talk a little bit about what Hip is?

It is a local, high end, contemporary furniture store. It really supports local people and artists. It is amazing there. Everyone that has worked there over the years have been amazing.

How did you become involved with Hip?

I have always been creative and have always liked designing things. I created a body of work, created a website, and then was, like, okay. Now I need an outlet to sell this stuff. My sister-in-law said, “Why don’t you check with Hip?” So, I went in there in November of 2007 and walked around their showroom and their stuff was just perfect with the things I was into, but they had nothing on the walls… So I went up and asked them if they ever featured artists; and they said that just yesterday they had lost their abstract artist and were looking for somebody… So I gave them my website; and they loved it and took all of my stuff. I use their showroom as an inspiration to what will really impact their showroom and we worked together.

Do you prefer painting to drawing?

Painting. I love to get very messy and I love power tools. I get to use blowtorches, electric sanders, and those kind of things.

What inspires your art?

Anything and everything. My art is abstract, so really the possibilities are endless.

Do you have your own studio?

I built a studio after there was enough demand so that I was able to build a studio in my backyard, which is a place where I can just make a huge mess.

Does Hip ask you to make more?

As I sell, I just keep replacing what’s popular or sometimes they will ask me specifically if I can do something.

Are you working on anything right now?

I am… I am working on something that I got inspired by… So more abstract pieces, using eyedroppers and wet paint and blending it.

What are your future goals?

I think maybe one thing that I always thought about doing was collaboration with my husband… He has another CD that is going to be released, and I’d like to be able to take his songs and with each song make a picture inspired by the music. I would love to do a co-show of some kind with him.

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