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Vancouver artist Lauren Brevner: "I owe my entire career" to Instagram

Lauren Brevner didn't think she could be a successful artist without a costly arts education, until she realized she had three powerful — and free — tools at her fingertips.

Mixed-media artist made a lane for herself using social media

Lauren Brevner lets CBC Arts into her studio as she puts the finishing touches on her latest works. She tells us about the Japanese designer, and the social media platform, that changed her life. 4:04

Lauren Brevner didn't think she could be a successful artist without a costly arts education, until she realized she had three powerful — and free — tools at her fingertips.

After working for a year in Japan under self-taught designer Sin Nakayamal, Brevner decided to pursue her artistic calling by leveraging the resources available to her — most significantly, the library, the internet and Instagram

I owe my entire career to that app, really.- Lauren  Brevner

The Vancouver artist turned to books and websites to teach herself tricky techniques like gold leafing and painting with oil, acrylic and resin. The resulting mixed-media works are dreamy portraits of women in robes made of collaged Japanese papers, floating in gilded space.

In this video, filmed by Lisa Wu, Brevner lets us into her Vancouver studio as she puts the finishing touches on her latest works. She tells us about the Japanese designer who changed her life, and how she got her art out into the world.

Watch Exhibitionists Sunday at 4:30pm (5pm NT) on CBC Television.

Lauren Brevner. Feb 4-25 at Twist Gallery. 1100 Queen W. Toronto. 416-588-2222.

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