From gallery walls, to street walls and even on a front porch, artist “Look At” has been hitting the pavement sending out his pieces for many to see and experience. What I respect about his work is that each piece is bigger and better than the one before and the subject matter is always different. You can see that Look At is constantly progressing and growing with each piece that he puts out. With a collaborative show approaching with “The Soap Company”, I was able to interview Look At and finally ask him about the famous and mystifying Alice & Wonderland piece (one of my favorite pieces of his) and about his involvement with the “Let It Fly” project. This is his story…
The lines in your pieces are always so clean and the colors blend perfectly and vibrantly together. What kind of training have you received to master this style?
I began painting a year ago. I’ve sketched my whole life, but was encouraged to explore walls and canvases when I moved to LA from
What can you share about the “Let It Fly” project in
I was honored to be a part of that project. When I was asked to contribute I initially thought it was a really cool idea to display art publicly in a very residential area, especially by bringing in painters that generally work more in public places. But, the concept of it really caught my attention when I learned that the location was on the front of a house that’s down the street from a school, one that kids walk by everyday. This motivated me to do something eye catching for the students, the neighborhood, and any other pedestrians or drivers passing by.
There were plenty of things I thought of that might have been more suiting to have made an impression on the students in terms of informative artistic education, for example I was thinking of painting some sort of reference toward artists that I’m influenced by that maybe they hadn’t heard of. But, in the end, I thought that something so out of place, like a giant green face with pink hair and a stark white background, would make many more people stop and think, “What the hell is that?” Sometimes that reaction is worth more than any information I might want to pass on other than to simply start seeing art everywhere.
The first piece of yours that I came across was the Alice & Wonderland piece you did in the Ethos Gallery parking lot. Where did the idea for this come from and how difficult was it to paint this piece in that location?
popped into my head, and was perfect. That was the start of a little run of weekly murals I had at that spot for a few months, and the Alice piece made me want to design something to utilize the shape of the space differently every time.
I’ve noticed that you like to paint Marvel Comic super heroes. How did the fascination with super heroes first start and when did you first start to incorporate the super heroes in your art?
I have always been into comics since I was a kid, growing up reading my dad’s old collection of Spider-Man comics, and in the 90’s marvel was huge on TV and with toys and action figures. That stuff ruled my childhood. Not only was I obsessed with it as a kid, it was also a dream of mine to animate comics, so those kinds of characters were all I ever drew. I guess when I started painting, my natural rhythm went to what I known.
How do you feel about those that make it their mission to “buff out” street art?
Luckily I haven’t run into anyone like that yet, but I’m sure they have their reasons just as I do to share my work. Knowing there are those like that isn’t going to make me want to stop putting out my work. That’s the nature of art in the street; you never know how long it will last.
Where can people catch your art?
I have a show with The Soap Company coming up on July 19 in downtown
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