Friday has once again come around and both Bijou & Boheme and Heirloom & Knot are thrilled to share with you our latest instalment in our ongoing Art Fair Fridays series where we bring you weekly design inspiration and exclusive interviews with the talented artists that inspire our creativity on a daily basis.
This week we had the pleasure of interviewing self-describe art engineer Luis Martin, whose striking mix media works of art are stunning in both execution and impact. Through the creative process that starts with the mindful collecting of visual elements, appropriating them and collage them, Luis is able to achieve idiosyncratic narratives through the use of color and texture in his work.
How long would you say you have been a professional artist? I have been an Artist all of my life- but in 2012 I felt a change in myself. I allowed myself to be an Artist and fully embraced all of the other hats one has to wear to pave a successful road i.e. PR person, businessman, shaman ect.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received about your art? “Choose Life” being an Artist can mean a lot of alone time and a lot of introspective thought which can be a deep abyss. I’ve been reminded that I can choose my thoughts and choose life instead of the abyss.
How would you describe your creative process? PLAY! I play with images and paint. My process is about discovery and allowing play to be my true north, my infallible compass.
What is your favourite medium to work in and why? Magazines, Scissors and Glues sticks! I love making collages as a launching pad for painting and other collages. Inexpensive material can lead to ultimate freedom.
What has been your biggest career highlight to date? I have a collector who has collected my work while I was still in college. Currently here home, which overlooks Central Park in NYC, is full of my work. To have someone love what I do and live with my art is a huge highlight in career and soul.
How would you describe your signature style? Fearless! My process and material come alive by being fearless. There is a certain beauty in chaos and color.
Where do you find your greatest creative inspiration? Travel. I love exploring the world, soaking in everything I see then returning to my studio to give back what I have taken in.
What do you think sets your work apart from other designers? Evolution- I am always looking to grow through my work. I want to push my material and arrive in a new place that is still me and has my DNA.
No. 1 Anthropologie – Crowned Quartz Knob – $28.00
No. 2 Burberry – British Rain Jacquard Wool and Cashmere Blanket – $1,750.00
No. 3 West Elm – Bormioli Rocco Cassiopeia Glassware (Set of 6) – $30.00
No. 4 ASOS – AJ Morgan Heidi Large Round Sunglasses – $25.39
No. 5 Kate Spade – Madison Splash Out Scuba Mask Clutch – $498.00
No. 6 Miu Miu – Crystal-Embellished Satin Point-Toe Flats – $871.46
No. 7 Kelly Wearstler – Bauble Tray – $9,650.00
No. 8 Marc Jacobs – Bang Bang 3.4 fl oz Eau de Toilette Spray – $75.00
No. 9 Cartier – Paris Nouvelle Vague ring – $38,100.00
No. 10 Amazon – Karl Lagerfeld: The Little Black Jacket Paperback – $70.00
My love for whimsy and anything slightly off-kilter is of no surprise to most so the discovery of Luis Martin has been a very happy one for me. His works are graphically bold and also filled with a brilliant narrative contrast, both of which makes each piece feel instantly so compelling.
For those collections that are in need of a work that feels moody and playful all at once, a Luis Martin might be exactly what’s needed.
Here are my current top 5 from his portfolio…
The top girl needs to be mine- like yesterday.