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Meet Lucas Irwin for Wheatpaste Art Collective

January 15, 2013 / Artist At Work

Lucas Irwin is…

a niche designer who is best known for his work in designer vinyl toys. He has created toys for Kidrobot, Toy2R, Thunderdog Studios, and Toy Qube. Influenced by urban landscape, architecture, heavy machinery, instructional manuals, schematics, and popular culture, Lucas Irwin builds complex images by weaving together and dissecting these references. His work has been exhibited across the U.S., U.K., and Japan.

Wheatpaste Art Collective: What got you into trouble as a kid?

Lucas Irwin: EGGS. i won’t elaborate.

WP: What are you working on right now?

LI: I’m currently working on some new pieces for a show here in Portland at Hellion Gallery next month as well as a 2 man show later this year with my good buddy Ryan Bubnis at Gallery 1975 in Rochester, NY.  I’m concentrating more on drawing and painting for these shows and trying to stay away from the influence of the computer. It’s a refreshing change of pace.

WP: What’s on your iPod right now?

LI: On-Demand music services have poisoned my musical focus creating  a musical Schizophrenia or at least ADD. On any given day you might find some Velvet Underground followed by some Wu-Tang, washed down with some DEVO. Atypical is pretty typical these days…

WP: Describe yourself in 5 words.

LI: I am a ro bot. does that count?

WP: What 3 items could you not live without?

LI: My glasses. My computer. My coffee. My bed, did I say computer?

WP: The world is ending tomorrow- how do you spend your last day?

LI: i guess i might take up smoking again… to start with.

WP: What haven’t you done that you want to do?

LI: Quite a bit, why are you trying make me feel bad about myself?

WP: Where do you live and what do you love about it?

LI: My family to Portland, Oregon a few years ago and haven’t looked back. Of course, we have all the great outdoor activities at our doorstep– mountains, coast , desert- all epic. Portland feels a town on the way up with a ton of potential and a great energy. It seems like every day there is a great new restaurant, or shop opening up. I couldn’t think of a better place to raise my kids (in this country at least).

WP: Who, would you say, is/are the biggest influences of your work?

LI: My mother was an amazing artist and great collector. Growing up i was surround by a house full of art and objects from every imaginable culture. She had a great eye and a truly unique aesthetic, which i am only now beginning to be able to appreciate. She had a rare ability to find beauty in the mundane. This helped me to open my own mind to new ways of seeing. Thank you, Mom.

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