Art is subjective. But every artist needs to be given credit where credit is due. And Bahrain has no shortage of talented artists specializing in various mediums. So we thought we could shine a spotlight on some of these artists, in a segment called Local Artist of the Week. Our next feature? A member of Art Attack Krew, Lilou.
Lilou is an oil and acrylic artist. Let’s take a dive into her mind.
Local Artist of the Week
• Could you give our readers a general introduction about yourselves?
I am a 21-year-old Bahrain-based self-taught artist who works mainly on acrylic, oil paintings. I was always intrigued by art and began painting at a young age and decided to pursue an art career. A Mastery Class program at The Milan Art Institute helped me develop and expertise new skills. In my art, I like to capture the beauty of mundane objects and places. I am currently seeking on becoming a full-time artist and look forward to where this colorful journey will take me.
• How and Why did you join Art Attack Krew?
I found out about ATK through a close friend of mine, she told me about a group with a bunch of different artists and told me to check them out. I loved what ATK was doing and wanted to join so I messaged the leader and became a part of this wonderful group
• Could you tell us a little about your process? How an idea ultimately becomes a finished piece?
My work explores the relationship between the body, emotional memories, and feminism.
I often find inspiration from different artists/ emotions. Through painting, I seek to use color, texture, and form to create a visually stimulating image. It is also a way for me to experiment with the possibilities allowed through different application techniques. I believe that a painting should be first and foremost, a painting.
•What wouldn’t you do without?
Acrylics and oils, I’ve worked with different mediums but nothing satisfied me more than painting with acrylic and oil paints.
•What memorable responses have you had to your work?
the event Art for care was a charity event for the Bahrain animal rescue center organized by the ATK group where half of the money we made would go towards the animal rescue center. We raised 250 Bd through this event and I’m happy that my painting was sold through this cause.
•What role do you think art plays in society? There’s this famous saying, “all good art comes from misery”. Do you agree with that?
Art is subjective. Life is not easy. At some point in our lives, we suffer. Pain can inspire artists to create art, but it is not necessary.
I’ve battled with anxiety and in times of sadness, I can not bring myself to paint or create anything. When I’m happy, however, my creativity is off the charts.