Off Set | André-Pierre Lampron’s Abstract Freedom
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For our second feature, we talked to André-Pierre Lampron, a lighting technician who has worked in the film industry for 17 years and who sometime trades cables for paint brushes.
When and how painting came into your life?
Painting came into my life a bit by accident about six years ago. Creativity was an aspect that was really missing in my life. My work consists of plugging lights, running cables through in the mud; nothing creative in this. But after going to an exhibition of my good friend Mike Pelland, something clicked. I told myself that I should start painting.
How would you describe your artistic approach?
This is the hardest question to answer. It’s such a serious question, and I’m not someone who takes himself too seriously. I don’t even call myself an artist. But since I have to answer this question, I would say this: my approach is very intuitive and instinctive.
My goal is to explore and work with textures. Since my art is abstract, I don’t have constraints. I create freedom. That’s the best way I can describe it.
Where does your inspiration come from?
Pretty much anything can end up inspiring me. I like textures, tones, prints. I like minimalist, simple and effective art. An old worn and cracked wood board inspires me as much as a photograph of a snowmobile accident.
It may sound weird, but the place where I see the things that inspire me the most is when I’m on set and I watch the monitors and the cameras are blurry or misplaced. Often, it creates abstract images, which I love. I try to keep that in mind.
We could describe your art as abstract and minimalist. What brought you to this style?
I just suck at drawing and I’m not really into figurative art. I can appreciate the talent of artists who can reproduce a portrait or a landscape like it was a photograph, but it doesn’t really speak to me.
However, lately I did a lot of research on pop and street art. There’s something that touched me. I would like to be able to convey more messages with my paintings. I don’t know, it’s something I want to explore.
You work as a lighting technician. Is there a link between your job and your passion for painting, or are they complementary aspects of your life?
I don’t see any link between the two. Maybe someone with an outside view could do it, but I personally can’t. Painting is the way I found to spend some time by myself, to be in my own universe, in my own head. When I’m painting, I don’t think about cable lists I have to do, or breakdowns I have to submit. Plus, I’m a team player, I like working with other people. Not to mention my family: I have a wife and two daughters, so I don’t have much time alone. That’s why I like to lock myself in my studio. Just to be alone.
Finally, we could say that I’m an anti-social guy who likes people.
Where can we see your paintings? Is there an exhibition coming for you?
Mainly in my living room. But you can find at least twenty of them in the living room of friends, family members and coworkers, and even at the IATSE 514 office.
Also, I just got confirmation that my paintings will be exhibited in Bibliothèque Paul-Mercier’s multipurpose room, in Blainville, from October to November 2018. I know it’s a long time from now, so in the meantime, you can check my website or my Pinterest page if you are curious.