Laury was born in Paris in 1954. She sees herself first as a sculptor and second as a jack of all trades: former dancer, former translator, designer and sculpture teacher, but also mother, dog lover, poet, occasional photographer, songwriter, web designer, co-organizer of an international annual Festival, and concerned "world citizen" working on a number of community art projects, for example as a member of Artists for Human Rights, "20 Celebrity Heads" to raise funds for The World Literacy Crusade, and the Arte Para Todos project organised by the United Nations of Honduras.
A bit of a puzzle to some perhaps (accent-wise) in that Laury grew up as a world citizen (first few months in France, then 6 years in the US, then back to France for 11 years, then back in the US for 8 years, then back to France for 3 years, then England for the last 22 years... with forays to Montana for a bit, and to many other places throughout). Her mother was Dutch (raised in Indonesia), her father is French (born in Japan and raised in Greece). Both of their backgrounds influenced her life and her education - academic and otherwise - tremendously.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
BEPC, Lycée International, Saint-Germain en Laye, France, 1969
Baccalauréat (philosophy and languages major), Cours Vauvenargues, Paris, France, 1972
Sculpture and Foundry studies (clay modeling, wood and stone carving, plaster and bronze casting), Venice Sculpture Studio (under Martine Vaugel), California, USA, 1975-1982
Graphic Design studies, Art Bureau, Los Angeles, California, 1981-1983
Sculpture course, Atelier de Métal, Beaux-Arts, Paris, France, 1984-1986
Web Design & Internet Marketing studies & projects 1998 - 1999 - 2000
Numerous PR, Marketing and Communication workshops Awarded Master of Fine Art International Practice degree (and Post-Graduate degree in Fine Art) from University of the Creative Arts (UCA, formerly KIAD or Kent Institute of Art & Design), Canterbury, England, 2006. See MFA pages (which need bringing up to date!) and Artist of the Silk Road monumental trio of sculptures
PRINCIPAL SHOWS AND AWARDS
International Art Academy of Los Angeles Exhibit, 1979 - Awarded Jury's Selection Prize Muse and Friends Retrospective Show, Tillard, France, 1984 Salon du Printemps, Association Nationale des Artistes Français, April 1985 Musée des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France,1986 - Awarded Prix de Portrait Paul Louis Weiller Saint Hill European Arts Festival 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003 Chelsea Arts Society Exhibition, London, England, 1992, 1993, 1994 - Sculpture Award 1992 Brighton Marina Exhibition, England, 1994 Worthing Museum, England, June-September 1995 The Grange Museum, Rottingdean, England, 1996 Chequer Mead Arts Centre, East Grinstead, England, 1997 Opum Magnus Gallery, March-August 1998 Isaac Hayes Tribute Event, Chicago, Illinois, USA, 1998 Gallery International - 1st Spring Show, East Grinstead, England, 1999 RAC Sponsored Autumn Show - East Grinstead, England, 1999 China Changchun International Sculpture Symposium 2001 July-September 2001 See pics of "East Meets West" - the monumental sculpture created at the Symposium plus some pics of China! Also read an article in the China Daily online Harbin China Snow Sculpture Symposium 2001 December 2001) Team of 3: Chinese sculptors Zhang Yaxi and Bai Yuliang plus Laury Dizengremel participated in this symposium and won 3rd prize! Faces of China Show within Carl Roehrig's Studio Show 21 September 2002, Hamburg, Germany Two person show The Waitrose Gallery 1-31 March 2003, Western Road, Brighton Faces of China Solo Exhibition - click here for overall pictures or here for details and prices A-Gallery 8 -14 June 2003, Merton Hall Road, Wimbledon, London - Click here to see my monumental mixed media installation entitled: "Dream Catcher Tribe: Guardians of My Soul" "L'Eté des Sculpteurs" an exhibition of sculpture, 21 June-21 September, Chateau de Bois Guilbert, France International Sculpture Symposium, An Giang Vietnam 2003 , Nui Sam, An Giang Province - click here for pics International Sculpture Symposium, Hue Vietnam 2004, along the bank of the Perfume River in the ancient imperial city of Hue - click here for pic of "Maze of Love & Friendship" or here for "Boat People" steel sculpture. Arte Para Todos 2004 Tegucigalpa, Honduras - an event sponsored by the United Nations Development Team and the First Lady of Honduras - click here for pics Future Hope in HSBC London Headquarters 2005 - a group exhibition and auction in April 2005, in the Canary Wharf HSBC building, to benefit Future Hope, an Indian foundation helping children in Calcutta. South East Open Studios (SEOS), Kent, England, 2004, 2005, 2006 1st International Sculpture Festival of Kunming, 2005. Click here for pics of "Tsunami Memorial" in concrete and bronze. "Visual Artists for Human Rights" exhibition, Westwood Gallery, Manhattan - United Nations Human Rights Summit, New York, USA, August 2006 "Conversations" - Master of Fine Art International Practice degree exhibition, University College of the Creative Arts, Canterbury, Kent, 8-14 September 2006. See Artist Statement, also Artists of the Silk Road Series, as well as making the monumental Artists of the Silk Road trio and Artists of the Silk Road in Devon Canterbury Festival UCCA Showcase, Canterbury, Kent, October, 2006 Johnson Art Collection gallery, Visual Artists for Human Rights show, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California, October-November 2006 "Art & Soul" - group exhibition with approx. 30 other artists in each edition, along with Anthony Gormley in 2006 and Damien Hirst in 2007, in support of Demelza (Hospice Care for Children) Rhapsody House Gallery, Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, October 2006 and 2007. Visual Roots - BBC Brighton Headquarters (Lead Artist) - 28 April - 30 June 2007 Beltane Gallery presents "Laury Dizengremel", March - June 2007 Spring 2008 Sculpture Show - Broomhill Sculpture Park (North Devon Festival), Muddiford, Devon (exhibtion still ONGOING) Winter 2008-2009 - Dana Gallery, Missoula, Montana February 2009 - Wine & Chocolate Art Exhibition, Seeley Lake, Montana, USA (awarded 1st prize by Kay Grissom Kiely, co-curator Montana Museum of Art & Culture) May 2010 - Loon & Fish Art Exhibition, Seeley Lake, Montana USA
PRINCIPAL PRIVATE ART COLLECTORS
Dr. Berman, Culver City Obstetrics, California, USA Mr. and Mrs. Ernie Wilkens, Toronto, Canada Ms. Laurel Koftinov, Los Angeles, California, USA Mr. Ian Krieger, Venice, California, USA Dr. Philippe Remy, Paris, France Arthur Hubbard, West Hollywood, California Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Caplin, Beverly Hills, California, USA Dr. Owen Dennis, Vice President Chiropractic Association, Dublin, Ireland Mr. Oliver Richardson, New York, USA Mr. and Mrs. Brett Stevens, Dublin, Ireland Cathy & Steven Bird / Liz Bailey Family, Forest Row, East Sussex, England Mr. and Mrs. Martin Ostertag, Stuttgart, Germany, Mr. Peter Schouten, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Mr. and Mrs. Alastair Gordon, Felbridge, West Susssex, England Mr. and Mrs. Nigel Ridpath, Horsham, West Sussex, England Mrs. Margaret Lomas née Luxmore, Devon, England Mr. Jason Ellis, Gibraltar Mr and Mrs Robin Ellis, London, England Mr and Mrs Adrian Whicheloe, Bristol, England Mr and Mrs Scott Smith, Charlotte, North Carolina - USA see Portrait of "Cooper" Labrador Retriever Mr. John Caudwell, Stoke, England Mr. and Mrs Greg Cassar, Hartfield, Sussex, England Mr. and Mrs Reginald Webb, England Mr and Mrs James Martino, Oakton, Virginia, USA Mr and Mrs Jensen, Wimbledon, England Mr and Mrs Marc Bailey, Surrey, England
PRINCIPAL CORPORATE, PUBLIC & MUSEUMS COLLECTORS
Presidential Collection of Mr. François Mitterrand , France World Literacy Crusade - USA, bronze sculpture portraits of Isaac Hayes, John Travolta and Chick Corea Gordon Lamb Marketing Group, bust of Mr. Gordon Lamb, Chesterfield / Sheffield Showrooms, England Changchun Museum, Dancer and Cooper Labrador bust, Jilin Province, China HSBC Headquarters, Canary Wharf, London, England, Artists of the Future in glass For Dementia, Janet Jason Award, London, England Sunset Country Club, Clydesdale Horse Trophy Sculpture, St Louis, Missouri Tony "Socks" Byrne Lifesize Commemorative Sculpture, Drogheda, Ireland ATP Tennis Terracotta Warriors, for TMC Shanghai 2007, now at Wimbledon Museum Joey Maher Lifesize Commemorative Sculpture, World Champion Handball, Drogheda, Ireland "Log Henge - Spirits of the Forest" Community sculpture, Seeley Lake, Montana, USA, in association with Monte Dolack, Merrily Dunham and Jennifer Dyer