Monday, May 04 2015

THE MONSTER TALENTS OF LUCAS BEAUFORT

French born artist Lucas Beaufort has become quite the celebrity with his inventive cover embellishments of skate and snowboarding magazines from around the globe. We took a few minutes to talk with him about his art. – Daniel Cochrane


Name: Lucas Beaufort 
Age: 33 
From: Cannes (France) 
Now Resides: Cannes 
Self Taught or schooled?  Self taught. I started quite late to paint (25 yo). 
Inspirations: Nature, lakes, skateboarding, travel, music (bowerbirds / Patrick Watson). 



Arkade: We all have art class in grade school, but for many that is where it ends. How did art become something more for you?

LB: It started from nowhere. It was for Christmas, I didn’t know what to offer to my brother so I painted something and framed it. I was surprised he liked it! Since then (8 years ago) I've never missed a day. 

 

Arkade: How would you describe your style and how has it evolved to become what it is today?

LB: I don’t really know how to describe it. I like it funny, and I like monsters. I like them all, big, small with two heads. I don’t take it too seriously. I’m always trying to improve my style so I guess I have a life to go where I wanna go.

 

 

 

Arkade: What mediums do you work in? Is there one you primarily work with or are you constantly creating something out of whatever you can get your hands on? 

LB: I only use acrylic paint and a little bit of black marker. Actually I like to use the same mediums but I like to change the support. I don’t want to get bored so I paint on everything; a bottle of wine, paper, tree trunks, even skin. I would love to paint an aircraft if someone got one. 


Arkade: Are you constantly creating or do you work in creative bursts?

LB: I’m constantly creating. Even when I sleep I think about what’s gonna be next.  

 

Arkade: How has art influenced your life, and in return how do you hope your art influences others lives? 

LB: Every single day is a challenge for me. I can’t spend a day doing nothing. I need to create otherwise I think that art helps me in my everyday life but not just my art. Everything around me looks different now, it’s strange to explain but I feel like I have a mission. I always believed in this idea of bringing people together for a good cause. That’s why in June 2014 I have launched The LB project (www.the-lbproject.com) in order to make art accessible to all, and also to support Skateistan (www.skateistan.org). 

Keep up with Lucas and all of his projects on both Facebook and Instagram

 

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