Interview with Micah Lebrun
q) Introduce yourself first please?
a)Hello, my name is Micah LeBrun. I am 31 years old and live in San Francisco, California.
q) How did you get into art?
a)I am influenced by so much in life and by many other artists....it is a bit difficult to say what has been the biggest influence on me and my work, but I was heavily supported by a couple of teachers I had in grade school, John and Evelyn Hardy. They were both literature teachers and they always told me to be an artist and not to settle for any thing less.
a)I feel that my work has changed so much over the last ten years I've been painting...I do tend to use the figure more often to display my visual ideas. I will step into a grove and paint similar themes over the course of a few months, but I prefer to use different colors and styles with each individual piece. Overall, I would say I paint straight from my mind; I rarely to preliminary sketches before painting a piece.
a) I prefer to paint on wood. Wood excepts liquid mediums in a different way than canvas and it is always unique based on the grain and type of wood I use. Wood can be stained w/ color and still display it's organic nature which can then be implemented as an element of the painting. After painting for twelve years with acrylic paint, I am just now beginning to work with oil paint which is really taking the feel of my work into a new direction. I am really enjoying the process more w/ oil. It is more difficult, but it feels good to be challenged by the medium and it's more engaging.
a)Environments...well I've surely been in some which have inspired me to paint. Prague was big in that way. I rarely try and recreate the environment around me in my work. Painting is escaping for me...it doesn't really matter if I'm in Hawaii or in my studio, if I'm painting,everything else melts away, including time and environment. I do try and create unique environments in my work which do not directly mimic the environments in which people identify with on a daily basis.
a) My studio - I am fortunate enough to have a garage under my house (which is rare and expensive in San Francisco) which I have converted into my studio. It's a no frills sort of place. Paint all over the concrete floor,but aside from that mess, everything has a place and is kept in impeccable order. I'm a bit of a neat freak that I believe people can see in my work and the way in which I paint. Colors are quite literally displayed in color wheel format; purple, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, brown,black. I have flat files and racks for my paintings to keep things organized; they are covered by black fabric to keep the dust out. Mirrors on the sealing above my drafting tables and work benches so that I can use my own face as a structure reference when painting portraits. Good stereo system, ipod, three easels, two chairs, supplies galore, lights, lights and more lights. There is also plenty of room to park my ride...a 1966 Chevelle Malibu Super Sport (I am a bit of a car freak also)As far as music is concerned, I listen to everything; hip hop, rap,electronic, breaks, classic rock, blue grass, jazz, blues, funk, classical and on and on. Lately it's been a lot of Miles Davis, Johnny Cash, Neil Young and the Doors. I know a ton of DJ's in the city so I am fortunate to receive many mixed cd's with a variety of stuff on them.
q) What books are on your nightstand?
q) What projects mean a lot to you at the moment?