Lauren Olney

Lauren Olney is a female artist born in Australia, currently working in Australia.
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~ Artist, Photographer, and co-creator of the highly erotic online project: beautifulagony.com

This lady has been making art for longer than she can remember. It’s just one of those things she does.

Lauren has a long standing love of the printed image and her creative endeavours more often than not involve photography and installation. Recently she has been exploring some of her earlier artistic callings including print making, illustration and mixed media collage.

She has, up her sleeve a Diploma in Visual Arts, a Bachelor of Fine Arts and another Diploma in Photo Imaging, perhaps we should just say that she has enjoyed expanding her skills through study.

Alongside her artistic oddities, Lauren has a penchant for dress-ups, that more often than not become dress off. She also has a lot of love for various creepy things, and yes she still wears quite a lot of black… although not as much as she used to.

In 2004, Lauren and Richard Lawrence launched beautifulagony.com, an erotic website where submissions come in from around the globe of people who film themselves having an orgasm, from the neck up with no nudity.

Agony has been dubbed “the sexiest web site you’ll ever see”, and excerpts are on display all around the world in places like the Museum of Sex (NY, NY), the Hollywood Sex Museum, and the family educational Nemo Centre in Amsterdam. French composer Jean Michel Jarre composed a tribute to Agony on his 2007 album Téo & Téa, and the site been featured in magazines from Vanity to Fair to Playboy, and the subject of numerous academic theses.

The thought provoking project proudly continues to spark the imagination of people around the globe.

Portfolio: laurenolney.com

Selected Exhibitions

2016 Omens, Captain Darling
2014 Click, Brunswick Street Gallery
2013 After Six, Brunswick Street Gallery
2012 Little Omens, Cafe Lua
2012 Face Contact, Iberia Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
2011 Illumine, Richmond Town Hall
2011 Small Works, Brunswick Street Gallery
2011 Face Contact, PhotoEspana, Teatro Fernan Gomez
2011 Picture This, Brunswick Street Gallery
2010 Don’t Quit Your Day Job, Hogans Gallery
2009 Wish You Were Here, B-Space
2008 Bound, Palookaville Gallery
2008 Thank God We Died Together,TCB Gallery
2008 Circle, Loop Bar
2007 Voyeur, Art Melbourne
2007 Voyeur, Perform IT Exp Art Fest, Historic y, Tucson, Arizona
2007 Voyeur Collective Launch, 69 Smith St Gallery
2006 Nasty II – The Sequel, BSG (Melbourne Fringe)
2006 Corrupting Youth, Cast Gallery, Hobart, Tas
2005 Nasty, The Church, Fitzroy
2004 Beautiful Agony Screening, Loop Bar (Muff Festival)
2003 Be Mine 69, 69 Smith St Gallery
2003 Love, Collingwood Gallery
2003 Behind the Train Line, Henkell St Factory

Selected Print

2010 Australian Art Collector Issue 52
2008 Apocalypse and Rapture
2006 Artlink Vol 26 no 2.

Selected Film

2010 Face, Documentary, Matchbox Pictures (Screened ABC1)
2007 Sin Cities
2006 SexTV S8 EP21 – Clayton Cubitt/Beautiful Agony…

Awards

2002 George Hicks Award