Love me monster

June 18th 2015/July 23rd 2015
Opening: June 18th 2015 @6PM

Lucas Beaufort is a French artist, born in Cannes in 1981; Love me monster is his solo exhibition curated by Martina Corbetta: a complete display of his 360° art works for the first time in Italy.

Rue James Grant Milne is the street where he grew up and the playground for a child with a vivid imagination. It is the setting where monsters, figments of surreal imagination came alive in a chimerical and illusory way. Scared, but at the same time fascinated by Sam Raimi’s horrors films – Samuel Marshall Raimi, the famous director of Ghost House and the Spider Man Series – Beaufort is the director of his own imagination. He is tormented by the creatures that live in his mind and through narrow continuous lines he fulfils his desire and need to create his monsters. The essence of his figures goes beyond the illusion and becomes real.

Rue James Grant Milne is not only an artistic inspiration, it is the street where his biggest passion was born: skateboarding. Beaufort’s monsters invade magazine covers. Colourful and cheeky, they contaminate the photographs winning the scene over top international skaters. Andrew Reynolds, Arto Saari, Chris Haslam, Geoff Rowley, Jim Greco, Lance Mountain, Mark Gonzales, Nassim Guammaz, Neen Williams, just to name a few. These athletes share their cover stories with mysterious entities which can be either fans or only spectators.

In 2013 Beaufort’s Recover project was born, thanks to the successful covers of Kingpin, Onboard, Sidewalk, Skateboarder, Skateboarding, The Skateboard Mag, Sugar and Thrasher: a collection of his most famous works in a limited edition of 430 copies.

Love me monster offers a complete vision of Beaufort’s artistic path, from the Thrasher cover with Darrell Stanton to the covered face portrait of Geoff Rowley (Ph. Davy Van Laere) and from his first sketches to his most recent works. From Elvis’ ballad “Love me tender” to Beaufort’s Love me monster pictorial version, he tells his story through easily recognizable images and signs, describing and revealing a true passion.

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