June 9th, 2015

Lost in Lines with LOSTBOY

Published in RAW Features

LOSTBOY speaks about their artistic influences and how they developed this intentional aesthetic. 

Tell us about your journey as an artist thus far and what's influenced you to arrive where you are today.

"I watched my mom doodle, as a child. She would fill up pages in our phone book while talking to her friends on the phone. It had a profound effect on me. I thought it was such a productive way to 'kill' time. I copied what my mom did and sure enough, I grew to love the act of mark-making. I started to attend art classes and eventually got accepted to art colleges. I continued off and on to draw but only until two years ago did I truly commit to myself that I was going to pursue making art, not just a practice but my entire lifestyle.

Since then, I've drawn every day and have made larger work such as installations (even making an installation around my mental health as a Queer first generation Korean American). I have also had the privilege of participating in a few gallery showings and had my first solo show, "CORE" at Betti Ono Gallery in Oakland.

Currently, I am completing a project -- drawing Yoko Ono Illustrated Tweets daily for a year, I have even won runner up in the Chronicle Books Tumblr Book Search this year for this project. #365yokoonoillustratedtweets "

How would you describe your style?
"Visceral and intuitive."

What and who inspires you creatively?
"Powerful women (and women of color) whose work is often understated at one point in time: Yoko Ono, Yayoi Kusama, Maya Lin, Julie Mehretu and Kiki Smith, just to name a few.

I think it is valuable (and important) to continue to create visibility and more opportunities for a mainly white- (and male) dominated art world."

Check out more of LOSTBOY's work and follow along on TumblrInstagramTwitterwww.lostboyillustrations.com, and of course, their RAW profile.

See LOSTBOY's works on display for RAW:Los Angeles presents SPLENDOR

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