Timur Lucas‘s diverse artistic language encompasses painting, sculpture and installation aiming to approach different forms of communication. Lucas (b.1986) lives and works in Munich, experiencing the first steps in his career as an artist after the recent graduation from the Fine Arts Academy in Munich.
In Lucas’s artistic practice, the painting production incites important elements from the minimal aesthetics which have become enjoyably intertwined with basic lines of the abstract art; besides his abstract paintings, Lucas also employs colourful geometrical shapes collaged to the surface in some of his artworks. Instead of specifying particularly what these visual forms are, Lucas utilizes various materials such as tape and objects illustrating a number of monochromatic figurative gestures on his artworks.
Moreover, this set of artworks alternatively explores the physical projection of his artistic practice. This stimulating approach develops a spatial contemplation for the viewer’s eyes converting the artwork itself into a new dimension, constructing new minimal manipulated shapes, as well as rendering a continuous sense of space within space.
Although, he “has never been concerned with an all-time favourite list of artist” as he underlines in this interview, there are some artists who capture his attention such as Merlin Carpenter, Raoul de Kaiser or Vladimir Tatlin. The latter’s influence is probably quite evident either in his recent painting themes or in the given titles of his artworks such as OT. Tatlin. The remarkable architectural construction of the Russian constructivist’s artist the Monument to the Third International (1919-1920) probably operated influentially upon Lucas’s painting practice at some point.
Lucas also enriches his artistic practice with some other painting designs in which he seems to blend spontaneous fruit patterns, colourful fashion aesthetics along with abstract pastel decorations which have become important signifiers of his artistic vocabulary such as the Engelstrompete (2016) or A lot of Nature (2016).
Overall, interpreting the word inspiration through his own creative prism, Lucas brings art to the service of everyday life; random feelings as well as daily set of circumstances, which take place without method or conscious decision, such as “a mail in his letter box or having coffee in his pantry”, consist important motivations of creative employment on his canvas. In this interview with ArtVerge, Lucas explains more not only about his art but also about himself too.
Can you tell us about the process of making your work? What inspires you?
My work starts random, aimless and is not created to a specific outcome. Therefore, paper is my preferred material to work on, you can quickly visualize ideas and compare their intensity. The paperworks are mostly preparations that can become indicatory for the final canvas. I ‘d rather think of my work as a mere action than an actual process.
Inspiration is a term I would not necessarily use in this context. It’s not inspiration that lures me into my studio, it’s more likely mood and disposition, starting with possible bills in my letterbox, if there is still coffee in my pantry and the prominent feeling of having plenty of time.
How would you define your work in few words?
fast, reduced, dirty, free from pathos
Do you have a favourite book, film or painting, which inspires you?
I cannot point my finger on a specific author or title. There are situations that provoke or excite me like the Open Art in Munich, where there is a lot to see, to absorb and to process.
I have never been concerned with an “all time favourite“ list of artists. Quite recently i am interested in the works of Vladimir Tatlin, Raoul de Kaiser, Mary Heilman, Merlin Carpenter and Günther Förg.
When was the latest video you watched on social media and had an impact on your mood? Which one?
Christine Liebich sent me this one on YouTube and made my day 🙂
Which exhibition did you visit last?
Hansjoerg Dobliar at Tanja Pol Gallery, it was very impressive!
What is on the walls of your bedroom?
A linocut by Laurentius Sauer, a postcard with a painting by Jenny Brosinski also transmitted from here and a painting by Katharina Feiten.
Do you sing in the shower?
No, I can’t really sing, even in the shower!
Which are your plans for the near future?
Be healthy and find a bigger studio.