Lara Meintjes, also known as Agnes, is a South African, American artist, happily living in Massachusetts. She is particularly interested in anthropomorphism and the colonizing properties of ink. Lara is fascinated by the dividing line between fact and fantasy, and the lingering imprint of childhood on our adult lives.

She also drinks a lot of tea and wishes she smoked a pipe.

By day, Lara works as an illustrator, painting portraits of imaginary creatures, almost real animals and sometimes flowers for all kinds of wonderful clients, past projects have included wedding invitations, family portraits, magazine and advertising work, product packaging and designs for much braver individuals to tattoo upon themselves.

By night, she paints flowers obsessively, writes to her representatives and dreams about saving Gotham. Her work has been shown in museums, homes, coffee shops and galleries all over the world.