Abstract Art's Rising Star | Luanna Flammia
Image: Sugar Rush - Luanna Flammia - Mixed media on canvas - Size: 70 x 85 cmH: Where does your interest in art come from?
H: Your first ever experience of ‘art’?
LF: I remember my uncle giving me his paintbrushes and telling me to essentially flick the paint on a canvas, he was a painter in my village. He spoke allot about abstract expressionism and how revolutionary this era was, I became hooked immediately and found myself experimenting with mark making and the potential of moving the paint in all directions on a canvas.
H: What inspires you?
LF: As well as inspired by my roots I am also intrigued with relationships and the power of communication. How anything can evolve within a second and be destroyed at the same time. This can be with friendships, relationships, my main inspiration lays within two very powerful & consuming emotions, love and loss.
Image: 'There is nothing that can phase us' - Luanna Flammia - 40 x 40cm (diptych)
LF: My work can be very reminiscent. Often my work can relate with a past memory, experience or a landscape that the viewer may have seen.
Although my intention is not to dwell on the past, I just want to bring joy to the past.
Almost a self-reflection, I want the viewer to look past the layers and to break down
the barriers of life to reveal what is really alive and real.
H: Which current art world trends are you following?
LF: I think there can be a deep meaning to conceptual art, something which appears to be so simple aesthetically can share a thought or two although
technically, I adore artists such as Gerard Richter,
Antoni Tàpies, Robert Rauschenberg and Williem De Kooning
H: Tell us about your process.
LF: My process involves pulling and pushing various mediums in a linear motion to build up a sense of perspective and depth. A simple yet complex process involving a broad range of materials such as ink, acrylic, oil, household paint, varnish and gold foil. An average painting can take between 2-4 months.
H: What would be your dream commission?
LF: I’ve never thought of it but I’d say ‘id love to scale up and apply my style on a mural or a house.
LF: When this happens I tend to roam around scenic routes in London if this doesn’t trigger inspiration then a trip to the V&A is always a great place to get lost in your thoughts.
H: If you could make a list of your favourite contemporary artists,
H: What are you working on next?
LF: I’m currently working on larger canvases; I’m also experimenting with black inks, it really brings the 24crt gold leaf detailing to life. I've also been commissioned to create a series of diptychs for a client in NY.
H: Outside of art what makes you the happiest?
LF: I love watching a great film but I get so much enjoyment just wandering the streets of London, meeting random strangers who inspire me and enjoying
(10 tequila shots later)
H: Do you have a creative hero? Who are your biggest influences?
LF: I wouldn’t say I have a hero, but I admire the works of
H: How would your friends describe you?
LF: My friends describe me as enthusiastic, motivated,
H: We are bombarded every day by bad news, what one thing would you change in the world if you could?
H: If you were to tag yourself on HATCH, what 3 words would you use?
LF: #abstractartist #freespirit #coolaf
Medium: Original - mixed media and gold foil on canvas
Size: 60 x 80 cm