Eva Lake / Biography


Eva Lake is an artist who has worked in collage, painting, print-making, fanzines, performance, writing, film, radio, acting, music and dance. She began during the 1970s Punk era making collages for fanzines and window installations and has shown her work internationally since 1980. She studied art history at the University of Oregon and painting at the Art Students League of New York. While in school she worked for the York Archaeological Trust in Yorkshire. As a singer in post punk bands she recorded with Trap Records in the Pacific Northwest. Eventually she performed off-off-off Broadway in New York, singing and dancing. Her day job was in makeup, beauty and fashion: she worked at Bergdorf Goodman, Ferragamo, Chanel Boutique and Saks Fifth Avenue. As a makeup artist, Lake worked in all aspects of photography and television, where she was part of an Emmy-award winning team for Best Makeup. All along she made collages, constructions, paintings, artist books and other objects. For over a dozen years she interviewed other art people on the radio, specifically KPSU and KBOO, and has written about art for various publications including Art Week, Visual Art Source, Preview and the Bay Area Guardian. Lake also curated exhibitions and worked at galleries including Lovelake, Chambers Fine Art, Gallery 500, the Independent and the Russo Lee Gallery. Born in Los Angeles, she then grew up on a dirt road in southern Oregon. Lake currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon and is represented by Frosch and Co in New York City and Modernism in San Francisco.