How would you describe your style in one sentence?
I like to make art that makes people smile.
Tell us about the body of work you’re creating throughout your Culprit Club residency?
I’m going to create a series called ‘Nude Life’ which will take a cheeky look at things people do in the nude, nothing too rude. I’ve never done any nudes so it should be fun! If I get that finished I’m going to start on a nature series exploring people spending time with nature, camping, walking, swimming etc.
What inspires your colour pallet and optimistic illustrations? They always seem so cheery.
I suppose my medium, watercolour, inspires my colour pallet, the way I use the colours they always turn out very translucent. I start off really light and build the colour up with more layers if I want it darker or brighter.
In regards to subject matter, I just like creating illustrations that make people chuckle. I get a lot of inspiration from my friends and husband. I hope by drawing fun stuff viewers might feel a connection to the work through memories from their own lives.
How long have you been illustrating?
At uni my major was printmaking, when I graduated in 2010 I didn’t have access to the studios anymore and it was had to continue with that practice. I started illustrating after that because it was easy to do at my little desk at home.
How/where did your interest in art begin?
I’ve always loved drawing and painting. When I was a kid we had a ‘feature wall’ next to the dining room table where my Dad would sick up all my creations, even if they weren’t very good. When I left high school I took a few years off to decide what I wanted to do with myself and I decided the only thing I really felt a passion for was art so I decided to do that at uni. Although I can appreciate conceptual and academic forms of art, in my own art practice I have always leaned towards the low brow side of things.
Who're you favourite artists, and why?
There are so many! I love Femke Hiemstra, David Shrigley, Lili Piri, Kristen Liu Wong, Sean Morris, Stephen Bird, AJ Fosik, Jeremy Fish, Courtney Brims among many others. I like all these artists because they have amazing technical skill and use of colour and they are all interested in creating a sense of whimsy or humor in their artwork which inspires me in my own practice.
If we were to trawl through your backpack, what would we find?
Today my backpack has two magazines, a book, pens, a notebook, my computer, some lip balm, gum and my lunch.
Do you think Brisbane has enough initiatives to offer local artists?
In terms of opportunities for emerging artists who choose not to pursue a conceptual or academic based arts practice I don’t think there are enough affordable opportunities to exhibit in a real gallery environment. I suppose we will just have to keep making our own opportunities and supporting each other in the industry.
What's the best and worst things about Brisbane's creative industries?
In Brisbane we are lucky to have some amazing art institutions, university art galleries and commercial spaces to give us inspiration. The worst thing is the lack of gallery spaces that feature alternative forms of art and design. I think that illustration and ‘lowbrow’ forms of art have a lot to offer and this is not necessarily recognised or valued enough in Brisbane like it is in cities like Melbourne and Sydney.
Where can people find more of your work?
I sell most of my work though Retrospect Galleries in Byron Bay. You can also find my work at The Happy Cabin in West End. Or if you’d like to chat about a commission you can contact me via my Facebook page ‘The Art of Lucinda Elisabeth Wolber’.