PAUL LAFFOLEY RIP
The great Boston visionary artist Paul Laffoley passed away on Monday, November 16, after a long battle with congestive heart failure.
From the 1960s onwards, Laffoley rented an 18 x 30 ft / 5 x 9 m utility room that he christened the “Boston Visionary Cell.” Here, he created over 800 works, displaying his philosophical and scientific ideas, executed in the form of architectural and scientific drawings.
A collector of some 7,000 books, Laffoley absorbed information at an unusual rate. He employed this knowledge in his paintings, combining it with his own ideas and conventions to produce complex diagrammatic pictures. He used different types of paints; oils, acrylics and also simple coloured pens to produce his complex works, relying on an emotional and creative state which he calls “Lucid Dreaming”. Devoting his life to ideas, Laffoley would work for twelve hours a day, for weeks on end.