Interview with Lucian Delon
1. How was your upbringing as a child?
I find that growing up the way that I did aided a lot in the form of what I create. I’m trying really hard to articulate a particular way to answer this question (and any further questions) with further insight, rather than a single word or sentence answer. I was born in the latter end of the 90s which makes me fairly young and still relatively a novice in comparison to pretty much every one of my peers. It really adds to how i have to portray myself and what I am to communicate. I don’t particularly tend to extrovert myself or sit in the realm of popularity and the current trend of extending myself in every regard to catch the goal of fame. That being said there are art trends that I tend to to enjoy and in many aspects follow in the steps of particular movements. This is of course with my own interpretation.
2. What art trends do you follow?
It’s important to be able to analyze the market that you’re in. I feel that a large portion of people outside of the art world don’t realize how much business there is. You must be able to navigate your way through this and be able to highlight your own work. Comparing my work to current work doesn’t add anything, but rather spotlighting my own interpretation of popular movements definitely helps. After all, my style will not stay the same forever, and is always changing as I develop, both personally and as an artist.
3. How has your style evolved over the years?
I find that when I first began doing anything in the regards of art I looked up at my biggest influences and took elements of everyone that I followed and attempted to create something that meant something to me. At the end of the day if someone likes something I made, great. If they hate it, great. Art isn’t anything you can create for someone else and still be completely yours. As time has evolved, so has what I make in regards to how I feel towards it.
4. What are your biggest influences?
There are of course other artists that I draw a great deal of influence and marvel from, but a majority of my influences aren’t even related to the art world. Basquiat, De Kooning, Twombly, and Cezanne are all artists that I gravitate towards, but never felt an overarching influence from any singular person. The real world outside of everything else tends to be the field in which I pool a majority of my influence from. Emotions are and excellent sources to draw from. This tends to be the primary source that affects what you create. You must be able to live a life, before you can speak about a life.
5. What does your work aim to say?
Whatever it is that I feel or want to say when I make it. There isn’t one main message that I want to say, and more often than not the thought of some greater meaning behind the work tends to make me feeling more awfully posh than I am. Sometimes the paint is good enough. There doesn’t have to be some divine answer hidden that historians spend centuries trying to decode. I mean, sometimes there is, but also sometimes there isn’t.
6. Why have you taken a step back approach with your artwork?
I personally feel that there is just so much going on that I don’t need to add to this growing cesspool of artwork. I’ve just recently started an Instagram page which is my first sin that I’ve committed in my apparent reach for the validation of others to make me feel better about myself. I haven’t told anyone about it, until I suppose now. I’ve reached a whopping 10 followers, so I believe my takeover of the art world through Instagram is quickly on its way. At the end of the day, everyone has something to say, but some people talk so much without ever saying anything of value.
7. Where can people find you and your work?
Probably in a yard sale in Echo Park. I understand the importance of maintaining an online presence in the current market, and for that I’m getting better so if you want, you can find me online at @luciandelon on Instagram. Other than that, I might put together a website for clients and galleries in the future. Merchandising seems to be pretty big at the moment. Maybe I’ll put my name on a shirt and sell it for a couple hundred dollars. You’ll just have to wait and see.