In the mid-twentieth century a few craftsmen were seen reviving the classic style and history of legends with their work. Picasso’s the Minotaur, de Chirico’s Ariadne, Picabia’s Transparencies and Leger’s bare figures are the most talked about, amongst these, with legendary references. The LA-based French artist has also protected this convention by incorporating it into her own style of work.

Born in 1985, the house of talent likes to define herself by the renowned quote of Michel Audiard “Happy are the cracked, because they let the light pass.” It was while visiting an exhibition of Francis Bacon at the Centre Pompidou, in 1995, that she met art, which further became her fate. Lucile shares, “I was 10 years old when I got the chance to visit this gallery. I remember myself crying and shivering in front of Study after Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X. This is called Stendhal syndrome, it seems to me.”

She believes to derive her artistic vision from her grandfather, as she is enormously inspired by his work which he made in the 1970s. Recalling him she says, “He was a completely whimsical character, always dressed in a big straw hat and the most zany outfits. He instilled in me, that imagination and originality are the most beautiful replicas of the world.”

In her opinion, art is an inner movement of divine order. Her fascination for the characters of skinned and indomitable divas, is very evident. To second the fact, she says, “The works of artists like Lana Del Rey, Marianne Faithfull, Diana Ross, Maria Callas and Madonna have always captured my interest.”

She sees painting as a form of exorcism. The painting she is currently working on, shows evil and malicious spirits evolving and is inspired by Las Pozas, the Mexican garden. Installations, sculptures, performances and videos complete her paintings. Her artworks are both brutal and liberating.

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja

Chitman Kanwar Ahuja is a feature writer at L'Officiel India. She is a silver jewellery hoarder and an aesthete of all arts. You can find her unraveling new stories day in and day out.