1xRUN Thru Interview
The Simple Flare by Lola Gil
1xRun: Tell us a little bit about this piece, is the original still for sale?
Lola Gil: This piece sold at the exhibit and I currently have no originals available.
1xRun: Was this piece part of a recent show that you had?
Lola Gil: The original painting was part of a group exhibit with Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. It was an open theme, centered around the idea that the works be on the smaller more affordable side for new collectors. As someone who loves art, but can’t afford it, I wanted to make a bold and beautiful painting that would resonate in viewers, no matter the size.
1xRUN: What materials did you use to create this piece?
Lola Gil: This painting is Acrylic and Oil on panel.
1xRun: When was this piece created?
Lola Gil: The painting was created back in the summer, between July and August.
1xRun: Tell us how the idea and execution came about..
Lola Gil: I had just moved back to the states from a 2 year visa in England. So I wanted to take all of that pent up energy from the move and the emotions I was feeling, visualize what it may look like and free myself. I like to learn from my experiences, and turn them into something beautiful. Both visually, as well as for my own spirit. To me this painting symbolizes both leaving something behind, as well as starting a new. All flames promote new growth, and that’s the way I want to see the world.
1xRun: How long did the piece take?
Lola Gil: It’s a 12” x 12” painting, which took me about 3 almost 4 weeks to finish. I paint meticulously slow.
1xRun: What is unique about this piece?
Lola Gil: I like to think it’s packed full of feeling that one can see straight away.
1xRun: Why should people buy this print?
Lola Gil: If they like it, I’d be honored :)
1xRun: Describe this print in one gut reaction word.
Lola Gil: Powerful
1xRun: It’s been a bit since we caught up, bring us up to speed on what you’ve been up to since our last release?
Lola Gil: Well, as I mentioned, I just moved myself and my 2 girls back to Los Angeles. I can’t express how emotional that was. It’s still unbelievable that we were able to have such an experience. My heart wants to remain there, but these days we aren’t so free to live where we want at any given moment. My girls were growing homesick, as was I for friends in my heart whom I missed.
1xRun: Any shows or exhibitions you were a part of that you want to mention?
Lola Gil: Yes yes!! Though future. Now that we’re all settled in, I’m working like a madman on a solo show which has been 2 years in the works. It will be opening this December here in LA. So it’s nice to be in town, easy to manage meetings and thankfully no paintings to ship!
1xRun: Any big shows or events coming up that you’d like to share?
Lola Gil: December 13, 2014 My solo show “The Younger” 2 years of new works, I’m growing mad with excitement. It was a lot of growth, both as an artist, as well as through new techniques working in Oil on canvas. The show will be at 8040 W. 3rd St Los Angeles, Ca 90048.
1xRun: Any recent paintings that you’d like to highlight?
Lola Gil: I haven’t been able to do much, other than concentrate on my upcoming show, it’s going to be exciting to share things in just a few weeks time.
1xRun: Any new artists that have been inspiring you to push yourself as of late?
Lola Gil: I’ve seen a few things which leave me wide eyed! If you haven’t heard of artist Eric White, definitely check him out. As well, I love the works of Peter Ferguson, Hsiao Ron Cheng, Mercedes Helnwein, and I’ve recently been introduced to Laurie Lee Brom who I was too nervous to say hello to at BabyTattooville. Her paintings are striking, I mean really make you feel some way.