Born in Cannes in 1981, Lucas Beaufort is a French visionary artist-painter living in a world surrounded by imaginary characters — kind but mischievous monsters, who help him build a positive image on the world and guide his choices every day. His specialty is using acrylic paint on various bases: canvas, photos, trees, walls, guitars, shoes, cars, bodies and absolutely everything he can find, with no limit. If the paint sticks, then it is a canvas.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
My world is a really funny world. It’s an open space where monsters can come and go. In this world, there are no rules, you can live the life you want. It’s an ode to diversity and tolerance.
WHAT DOES “OFF THE WALL” MEAN TO YOU?
To me, Off The Wall means to cultivate difference, to create your own path.
WHAT ARE YOUR MAIN INSPIRATIONS?
Skateboarding is my biggest inspiration. Travelling around the world is also a big source of creativity. I don’t stay more than one month in the same place, I need fresh air.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST PAIR OF VANS?
It was in 1995, and it was a pair of Old Skools.
WHAT HAVE BEEN SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE REACTIONS TO YOUR WORK?
Recently, I’ve had more and more people asking for a tattoo with my monsters. So, I organized a night with flash tattoos and more than 40 people got one. I really have to make another one.
IF YOU COULD DO A COLLABORATIVE PIECE WITH ANY ARTIST, LIVING OR DEAD, WHO WOULD IT BE?
Without a doubt Keith Haring.
WHAT ARE SOME FAVORITE WORKS YOU’VE CREATED?
I don’t have a favorite because my mind changes all the time. I like one then I hate it. I see my style evolving all the time, that’s the most interesting aspect for me, to evolve every day.
WHAT THINGS DO YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR 2017/2018?
For 2018, I will continue to travel as much as I can all around the world. I also want to create a new skate documentary.