Lara Odell is a painter, illustrator and graphic artist. Born in Long Beach, CA in 1971, one of her earliest pieces is a drawing of ballerinas peeing at a recital. Over the years her aesthetic has become more refined, for better or worse, but it has kept her inherent sense of humor, pathos and the absurd.

Her father was an engineer at McDonnell Douglas and her mother was an award-winning pie maker and table setter. In 1979 her parents (with her aunts and grandmother) appeared on the game show The Family Feud; they lost. Shortly thereafter they lost the marriage game as well.

Lara uses gouache and assorted papers to create her cut-outs; the cut-outs address the ephemerality that defines consciousness and the fragility of identity. In her drawings, tentative characters tolerate and express varying degrees of anxiety. She has also worked with printmaking, video, stop-motion animation and pottery, and is getting reacquainted with the cello.

Lara has art degrees from UC Irvine, SUNY Buffalo and Alfred University. Her artwork has shown in galleries and museums nationally and internationally as well as online. She lives in southern California with a Canadian English professional and their Canadamerican 6-year old.

Her drawings are updated on an intermittent basis here.



My Cartoons are featured in the current issue, #4, of a Perimeter, an online literary magazine.

My cut-outs are currently included in the group show UNPACKED at the PACKARD. The show runs from November 5 - December 12, 2016. There will be a closing reception on December 12, 5 - 7pm. Address: 203 E. Anaheim, Long Beach, CA 90813.

My illustration appears on the cover of Museum Hours, a book of poems by Michael Kelleher. Published by Blazevox Books, June 2016.


Interview on the OPP blog, forthcoming
American Illustration 35, selected
Recipient of the Arts Council for Long Beach 2015-2016 Professional Artist Fellowship
Featured in's Newsletter
American Illustration 32, selected
It's Nice That
Illustration Friday
Old Robot (in Russian)
An interview


The New York Times
Air France Magazine
Dove Self-Esteem Project
The Rumpus
Midnight Breakfast
L.A. Record
Earthly Circuits
Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers (L.R.S.D.)