Contemporary female mural artists Lacey Jane and Layla Folkmann have been working as an artistic duo since 2010. They met studying Fine Art in Edmonton, Alberta at Grant MacEwan University in 2007 where their mutual passion and dedication to art brought them together in an inseparable friendship. Both Lacey and Layla graduated with Great Distinction from the Concordia University Fine Art program in 2016 while completing their final semester abroad in France at the L’École d’Enseignement Supérieur d’Art de Bordeaux. Working exclusively as a synchronized duo, they have produced over 60 murals all across Canada, from an over 4,000 square foot farm silo in the Ontario countryside to the notable Rogers Place hockey arena in downtown Edmonton. Internationally, they have painted in Honduras, France, and Northern Uganda where they volunteered with an orphanage and an arts centre for the reintegration of former child soldiers. After 9 years of professional collaboration, Lacey and Layla have forged a notable career with a specialization in monumental public art. They have and continue to work with a number of influential groups, businesses and organizations such as Mural Fest Montreal, A’shop, MU, stART Up Toronto, Mural Routes, as well as multiple other arts councils, arts organizations, and festivals.
Specializing in the use of traditional applications of brush and acrylic paint, Lacey & Layla focus on the creation of relevant and contemporary portraiture and vivid depictions of real people from diverse and local populations. Community engagement and interaction is a point of both pride and inspiration for Lacey & Layla. They believe that the creation of successful public art starts by building palpable relationships with local populations. They currently operate out of Montreal and Edmonton where they are dedicated to their collaborative efforts in meaningful and engaging public art, and developing their individual studio practices.