Gwen Laine was born in Grand Junction and is a second generation Coloradoan. She is the youngest of four children and the only female. By the time Laine was 15, she had moved with her family seven times, to locations in Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico. She returned to Colorado in 1975 and has lived in the Denver area since then.
Laine was introduced to art making early in life as both her grandmothers were artists – one was an oil painter and the other was a photographer. At 15, Laine began using photographs as devices to communicate ideas and to tell stories. Searching for ways to overcome what she believed to be the limitations of photography, Laine began combining sculptural elements with her images and her work has since evolved to include photo-based constructions, assemblages, and installations.
Laine received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado in May 2000, where she studied photography, sculpture, and art history. An accomplished photographer, Laine was cited as “one of the 15 Hottest Young Photographers” in a June 2005 Black & White magazine feature story. Laine’s work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and has been published internationally. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and is represented locally by the Carson/van Straaten Gallery in Denver, Colorado.