Lani Imre is an inspiring artist based out of Squamish, BC. She is a painter, and inspires us with her eclectic style. Lani sometimes builds her own canvases, and her art pieces are alive with colour.
Check out our interview with her below.
Tell us a little bit about you? Where do you consider home?
I have many homes…Baja, California, Interior BC, Nicaragua but mostly based out of Squamish BC the last few years.
Have you attended school/taken any courses for drawing/painting?
I did a 3 yr diploma at Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson BC and also a Bachelor of Fine Arts through Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. My Bachelor also included a semester of independent study in Berkeley CA as well as a visiting semester at Concordia University in Montreal. I did 6 years intensively of Ceramic Studies and my Batchelor was as an Interdisciplinary Major. So yes, I did a lot of post secondary schooling as well as attended a fine arts highschool, but through all of this I only took one intro painting course. The majority of my explorations in painting have taken place since my formal education.
Can you describe the time when you first realized that creating was something you absolutely had to do?
I think I have known this since being a small child…maybe forever…it feels that way.
What is something you wish you had done sooner in your career.
Gotten into more galleries.
What in our world, inspires you the most?
My own life, the world of media and visual culture, the incredible beauty and strength of women.
What do you use to create your art? Do you have a favorite color, pencil, paint or paper you like to use?
I usually build my own canvases and always start with acrylic paint and do more in depth rendering of the faces in oil paint. I use aerosol as background effects and sometimes stenciling. I like to use a lot of color and don’t think I have a favorite but probably all of my paintings contain some red accent somewhere. my strategy with color and rendering is to work all over the place … dark to light, warm to cool. I am not afraid to throw a whole lot of unexpected color into the faces I create. I don’t think i ever really use skin tone…
What are you trying to communicate with your art?
I am hoping to inspire and remind of ultimate beauty through my art. I want to provoke thought and challenge certain stereotypes we see through media messages…I’m not sure i achieve this as i am so much a part of it, but I hope to make my own feelings a visual reality. and in the end im not totally sure what i am trying to convey, I’m just trying to work through all of the contradictions in life, just like everyone else.
List 3 artists you admire – past and/or present.
Herakut, Kris Lewis, Audrey Kawasaki
If you weren’t an artist, what would you like to be doing? Or do you already have another job?
And the last question, What would you do if you won the lottery?
To start I would design and build a creative small home for my son and I…somewhere warm with a surf break and ocean view and a BIG studio. I would then hand out 10 000 denominations to some of my friends and family and after that I would look at ways to support some creative and humanitarian projects.