La-based painter Discollins recently took the time to talk to Commyounicate about his artistic journey and where he draws inspiration from for his incredible pieces.
Discollins is a contemporary artist based in LA who is known for his geometric and mosaic-style pieces. His art is truly one of a kind, and showcases a passion which was brewing within him since before he became a world-famous model for brands such as Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, Coca Cola, Jaguar, and Target.
Now, he focuses on his first love — painting. Here’s what Discollins had to say to Commyounicate about his artistic style.
Tell me about your artistic journey. How did you end up discovering your passion for art?
I started painting at a very young age. It’s always been a passion of mine, but I was encouraged by someone – a very dear friend – who gave me a book of the great artist Amadeo Modigliani. After going through that book, I knew right then and there that it was what I wanted to do professionally.
Who do you consider to be the greatest painter of ancient eras?
I’d say Leonardo da Vinci. I visited the Sistine Chapel. When you look at the ceiling, it’s the most incredible thing in the world. It was actually a religious experience for me.
How do you conceptualize your paintings? How do they go from being ideas in your head to works of art?
It could be as simple as looking at the shape and form of something, or someone, and then adding my own twist to it. A woman’s curves, the line of her neck. Or seeing a woman sitting in a chair and the way her clothing falls on her. It’s inspiring to me. I see the aesthetics in all of it.
Could you tell me about the piece of artwork you’ve painted that you’re the most fond of?
One piece I simply named “Leï.” It’s one that stands out to me. It’s a painting of the woman who gave me the book on Amadeo Modigliani.
Why does that piece stand out to you?
She’s my muse. She has inspired me and helped me to elevate my art.
What is your favorite piece of art from someone else? Anyone else.
Salvator Mundi, by da Vinci. It’s very captivating. The brush strokes, the way he painted it — it seems like it would be impossible to do. I’d say it’s the best piece I’ve ever seen.
Do you have a particular time of day when you’re most likely to be inspired to paint something new?
Not necessarily. If I listened to myself I would be painting every minute of the day. I could wake up in the morning and start a piece — probably work on it every day until it’s done. Once you’re inspired, you just jump into it and create it.
Every artist has their own flair — their own style. What is something about your artwork that you find is unique to you?
I think it’s both my texture and my bright colors. Some people use softer colors, but I use very vibrant colors. This is one of the things I’m definitely known for.
Do you have anything in the works now that you’d be willing to inform people of?
I am working on a series of twelve pieces named “Le côté femme.”
Learn more about Discollins at his website, discollins.com. Follow him on Twitter @DiscollinsArt, and follow him on Instagram at this link.