30/04/2013 | by Youri Barneoud
We’ve been seeing these artistically enhanced snow and skate mag covers pop up here and there recently, and when Onboard 133 was used for the latest in the series we had to find out more about RECOVERED and the man behiind the brush…
Lucas Beaufort is a 31-year-old artist from Cannes who, over the past few years, has been taking covers of snowboard and skate mags and giving them a new lease of life by daubing his colorful acrylic characters across their surface. We liked what he’s doing and were interested to find out more about the RECOVERED project, so we did. Read all about it…
Have you always had a passion for art, or is it something you’ve been drawn to more recently?
I always had a big passion for art but it started recently, something like 5 years only. Now it has become frenetic, I can’t spend a day without painting.
It seems that sports like snowboarding, skateboarding, surfing always have close ties to art and an appreciation for certain forms of it. Why do you think this is?
That’s totally right. You know, I’m a skateboarder and I’ve always been attracted by graphics. I was only ten, but I felt that it was more than a simple graphic, it was something that was going to follow me all my life. When I look around me, all my friends who skate, also make music, painting, it is strange to see that everything is connected.
What gave you the idea to put your art over the covers of snow and skate mags?
Basically, I’m a huge fan of magazines. I’ve always loved paper. After years of accumulating magazines, I could not move – I was like trapped – so I decided to tidy this mess. Two days later, my mind was clearer. I took a Vice magazine and it all began.
How do you go about choosing what covers you use?
I need to feel the space. It is not the action that is important, but all the elements that make up photography.
Once you’ve picked a cover, what’s the process like next?
When I look at the picture, everything comes in my head. It’s something natural. I want to add things, my characters, but they must be useful – they must support the action and encourage the rider.
Do you always have an idea of what it’ll turn out like, or is it more a freeform thing?
Of course, each character has its location, they must be helpful. If you take the your last cover with Nils, the monsters want to help him to go higher.
How long does each one take you?
I asked my characters if I could speak about it but they prefer to keep it secret.
Have you exhibited the RECOVERED pieces anywhere?
Yes indeed, my characters love travelling. The first one was at Girl shop (Anglet, France), then it was during “The REELS” (Annecy, France) and they will be in Cannes at Papatoro Skateshop in December and probably in Berlin in 2013.
And any plans to exhibit them in the future?
I am open to offers.
How long do you plan on continuing with this project?
In fact, I am stuck in a gear: I can’t stop myself. I have planned to make a book to summarize the project for the end of the year but I’m not sure that I will stop then.
Do you have any other projects on the go within snowboarding or skateboarding?
I have a project with Jerome Tanon [Onboard photographer] for early 2013. It will combine my art and his pictures. Stay tuned!
You can see more of Lucas’s RECOVERED project on his Tumblr page: lucasbeaufort.tumblr.com