The urban pop artist’s journey so far has taken him to London’s Park Lane via Brixton and the Houses Of Parliament.
Lhouette’s rise has been nothing short of phenomenal since he first began to explore the world of visual art, taking his work from his humble home studio to Westminster and across London’s finest urban art events.
Lhouette first drew inspiration from East London’s street art scene, appreciating the culture as outsider and a self-taught art form. But prior to his career as an artist, Lhouette took off from his hometown to join the Royal Navy at the age of 17 and found himself travelling to the Caribbean, South America, Africa and Europe for six months at a time. Whilst at sea, Lhouette began to create scrapbooks, postcards, souvenirs and his own doodles, drawing inspiration from an array of different cultures and his ever-changing surroundings. However, he never felt able to promote this among his shipmates; it wasn’t until he left the Navy that he really started pursuing his dream.
Elements of Lhouette’s early techniques can be seen among the more polished artwork of today through the use of raw materials such as forklift pallets and other industrial throw-offs. The striking binary between the old and new and the raw and the refined, is the major juxtaposition inherent to Lhouette’s work. ‘My techniques originate from self-taught practices. I started with a mixed box of old mechanic aerosol paints and scrap sheets of salvaged wooden board. Along with a moody scanner/printer that I had acquired to create stencils and transfers, unknowingly at the time I was venturing into pop art realms … the work was beautifully raw! I try to retain that essence as the work continues to develop’.
Despite a growing number of sell-out exhibitions at major commercial galleries, Lhouette still finds time to give back to the community, encouraging the younger generation to express themselves through art. His collaborative project with Brixton’s Angell Town Estate in 2016 garnered significant attention from the media and a bespoke piece was hung outside Angell Town School in celebration of his successful workshop.
Earlier this year, Lhouette was hand-picked by Damien Hirst and Sir Peter Blake to exhibit his Post Urban Glamour collection at one of London’s foremost art venues, 45 Park Lane, part of The Dorchester Collection. Intricately inter-twining art and pop culture iconography, Lhouette has coined the term ‘Post Urban Glamour’ to best describe his work and encapsulate his trademark style. Following the evening’s success, Lhouette’s work sparked huge interest from celebrities and global art fans, old and new, are following closely to see where his impressive work will take him next.
Collectors include Hollywood star Antonio Banderas, the Khayami Family, the Dorchester Collection, Ronan and Storm Keating and Formula One engineering genius Adrian Newey OBE.All Artists