Lhouette first drew inspiration from East London’s street art scene, appreciating the culture as outsider and a self-taught art form. But prior to his career as an artist, Lhouette took off from his hometown to join the Royal Navy at the age of 17, and found himself travelling to the Caribbean, South America, Africa and Europe for six months at a time. Whilst at sea, Lhouette began to create scrapbooks, postcards, souvenirs and his own doodles, drawing inspiration from an array of different cultures and his ever-changing surroundings. Elements of Lhouette’s early techniques can be seen among the more polished artwork of today through the use of raw materials such as forklift pallets and other industrial throw-offs. The striking binary between the old and new and the raw and the refined, is the major juxtaposition inherent to Lhouette’s work.
‘My techniques originate from self-taught practices. I started with a mixed box of old mechanic aerosol paints and scrap sheets of salvaged wooden board. Along with a moody scanner/printer that I had acquired to create stencils and transfers, unknowingly at the time I was venturing into pop art realms …the work was beautifully raw! I try to retain that essence as the work continues to develop’.
Despite a growing number of sell-out exhibitions at major commercial galleries, Lhouette still finds time to give back to the community, encouraging the younger generation to express themselves through art. His collaborative project with Brixton’s Angell Town Estate in 2016 garnered significant attention from the media. In 2017 Lhouette was hand-picked by Damien Hirst and Sir Peter Blake to exhibit his Post Urban Glamour collection at one of London’s foremost art venues, 45 Park Lane, part of The Dorchester Collection. Lhouette’s work sparked huge interest from celebrities and global art fans, old and new, are following closely to see where his impressive work will take him next.
“I’ve always liked working with interesting items and materials so the chance to design a chess set really appealed to me in terms of how I can relay my style and ideas into a functioning board, duality of an item is exciting for me or if a canvas had a previous use (many of my canvases are industrial through outs) so the premise of the board is that it can either sit as a painting on the wall and be taking off and used as a chess set or vice versa. In terms of the look and content I wanted it to scream attention through my usual raw and refined contrasting and pop Maximalism.”
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