Lauren Rolwing is a freelance illustrator.  Her work is uncluttered, but playful, using primary colors with maximum contrast and bold, geometric shapes. While drawing, she repeats the mantra by Constantin Brancusi, “Simplicity is complexity resolved.”

She has had the honor of working for clients such as The New York Times, Adidas, FILA, Siemens, Harper's Bazaar NL, Carnaby Street, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Frieze, and Kings Road among others. 

Her influences range from artists Paul Rand, Bruno Munari, Ikko Tanaka, & Kvĕta Pacovská.  She is also influenced other areas of design, including the colors and patterns in 80's Esprit ads, the shapes of Comme des Garçon & Issey Miyake, the sense of humor, patterns, and color from Ettore Sottsass.  Her interests in films also find their way into her illustrations including the symbolism in films by Fellini & Bergman, to the sets & exaggerated, comic gestures from Jacques Tati films.

Lauren is represented by Outline Artists. To discuss commissions please contact:

+44(0) 208 451 3400 /

She has a ceramic line named Laundrymat, that is inspired by her clumsiness.

working with Lauren...

Lauren was a complete joy to work with. From day one, she was incredibly professional and enthusiastic and this attitude never wavered during the months that I was lucky enough to art direct her. She is wonderfully detail-oriented and as a result, every stage of artwork is thoughtful and visually exciting. My feedback sessions with her were calls I always looked forward to - she responded well to feedback (including some pretty major twists and turns during the project) and everything became a dialogue, probably because she is so engaged with her practice and passionate about how people will experience her artwork. 

Alice Moloney, Creative, Anyways


I've enjoyed working with Lauren on a variety of editorial pieces, including some challenging propositions. Lauren will take a suggested approach and do more with it or offer a better solution. The end result is a striking image whose surface simplicity belies a more sophisticated thought process.

Jason Morris, Art Director, The Telegraph


Being an illustrator in my own right, it was an absolute pleasure to work with Lauren. The minute after the brief, she started on the job in a proffesional way: focused and very enthusiastic. I love the way Lauren worked on the shape and showing the shape in the best frame. The extra, and the highest quality in her work, is to show the balance she reaches in decoration against information. For me, she reached high points in this in her fashion illustration for Bazaar. Bravo!

Piet Paris, Creative Director, Harper's Bazaar Netherlands


In many ways, illustrator Lauren Rolwing embodies her art. Her uncluttered compositions hold an undercurrent of playfulness and whimsy beneath their intelligent designs. So it is with Lauren: her enjoyable conversation is sprinkled with thoughtful references to the films she’s watched, the books she’s read, and the artists she’s been influenced by while her youthful energy and fun spirit keep her words from dipping into inaccessible intellectualism.

Kami L. Rice for Nashville Arts Magazine