The many iterations of Paul Loubet’s work are as varied and dynamic as his aesthetic itself. As he describes it, it’s about developing an all encompassing set of skills, approaching his art in the same way as the artists that inspire him.
From clothing , prints and editorial illustrations, comics and posters, to paintings and installations, Paul finds excitement in exploring new avenues with his work.
While he covers a wide array of areas, it’s easy to distinguish his signature in whatever he creates. The cast of characters, bustling scenes, and unique sense of humour are the threads running through, pulling together his vibrant style.
I´m Paul Loubet.
I´m french. I live between Buenos Aires and Europe. Well. In fact, I’ve been living in Argentina for 6 years now, and actually I’ve been in Paris with my wife for some months.
I love to know new places and to travel. It is inspiring.
So I have to adapted my work to that fact. When I have access to a workshop, I love to paint massive canvas. But when I don’t, well, I produce kind of simplistic paintings, drawings or digital illustrations. I travel with a very limited palette of colors. And to kick the desire of big stuff out of me, I paint walls.
Also I do tattoos.
I’m not sure about what I am. Artist, graphic designer, or illustrator? Because I´m doing doodles, people think I´m just an illustrator, but I think I´m more into graphic art because sometimes I focalise more on typography, forms, contrast and impact than telling stories.
That’s why I m a nostalgic about the old graphic artists such as Savignac or Cassandre, when they used to ask them to do everything from the beginning to the end. And ironically, my canvases as an artist are maybe more into illustration, because I paint scenes full of characters, like some post apocalyptic naif canvas.
I’ve always been fascinated about the aesthetic of outsider art or art brut (From 70s’ NY graffiti to GSL cards to Afghan carpets), and recently I’ve been obsessed by abstract modernists painters.
So I think my work is a kind of weird mix of all of that. But always by the prism of irony and a touch of naivety. To do stuff, I always need to have a purpose. It could be a date, an idea, or a work. It’s why I love to work for people. It’s difficult for me to start from nowhere.
So here I am, sometimes working for some editorials, sometimes showing canvases in galleries, sometimes painting walls, sometimes printing silkscreens, sometimes making books, but always trying new stuff.
© Paul Loubet, 2016