Garet Luquet is an abstract mixed media artist, whose upcoming show at the Hive Gallery in Oakland, is sure to attract a large crowd. His paintings are multi-dimensional and intriguing, and in my opinion are worth a look. Trained as a realist painter at Pepperdine University, he gravitated more toward the free-expression of abstract art. He works with a variety of materials including acrylic paint, plaster, resin, fabric, string, wood, beeswax, paper, and most recently marbles. I recently had a chance to talk to Gared and get his take on abstract art. Read on for the interview.
May 4th, 6-9pm
How did you decide to become an artist?
The first time I remember realizing that I was pretty good at art was in third grade, when we each chose a Georgia O’Keeffe flower painting to paint. As the years went on, I realized that I could draw and paint what I saw in a picture almost exactly. I continued the photo realistic style throughout high school and into college. Joe Paisentin, my professor at Pepperdine University encouraged me to explore the abstract and break away from my super uptight ways of reproducing. It took me two years of wish-washy abstraction to fully break free and embrace the abstract way. I have never looked back since, completely loving my freedom that abstract painting allows. I was the Outstanding Studio Art Graduate in my class, and had no other thought but to continue painting. I moved back to the Bay Area and got a studio at the Hive Artists Studios in Oakland, where I have been for the past three years. Each May I’ve been having a show, REMIX being my third one. I hope to continue being successful as an artist, because I can’t imaging not creating and exploring for the rest of my life.
Courage to Flow, Blowtorched beeswax, acrylic, paper, & plexiglass on masonite
What’s the most challenging part of your process?
The most challenging part of my process is not to force or over think my work. My best paintings are created when I begin working with a particular idea in mind, but then let each phase inspire the next. Working in this process has helped me to create one of a kind pieces that I am even surprised and excited to see.
Target Practice, Oil, acrylic, sand, newspaper, cement, & plaster on masonite
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