It's easy to get lost in Lou Patrou's work.
A New York native whose been drawing since the 60's, Lou's unique style mixes bright, bold colours with psychedelic styled portraiture, creating wonderfully vivid and evocative pieces that feel as though you're looking through a kaleidescope.
There's certainly an optical illusion type element going on, and we can't take our eyes away! See for yourself.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I have been drawing since the 1960s, mostly faces and figures.
I live up along the Hudson river in a small town north of New York City. I am a cat person, I currently have a female calico named Candy, who works as my muse and assistant!
What’s it like being based in New York & how has it shaped or influenced your career?
I had my first show in Chelsea in NYC. The energy is great around these gallery neighbourhoods, with lots of art openings and a great vibe around them.
I like the architecture and historical things around New York a lot, the designs of things.
My career? What career? Laughs, although I have been creating for decades, it is only in the last several years that I have concentrated on marketing myself and my art.
If you had all creative freedom, what would you do?
I pretty much have total creative freedom because I don't do illustration art and only paint or draw the images that occur to me and I want to do.
I do want to exhibit more, I want to put out some books of my work, I want to make large sculptures and installations and products that are based on my work and designs. These things all take huge amounts of money to underwrite or fund.
Is there anyone you would love to collaborate with? Do you have a dream client?
I want to collaborate with all sorts of lifestyle and apparel manufacturers and now have a licensing agency to help with that. I want to see Hank & Sylvie become a global brand some day. You can check out Hank & Sylvie at hankandsylvie.com.
What’s been your most memorable project to date?
Going to London for the subway art poster project, my first time there and it was fantastic.
Who inspires you right now?
I like too many people to list here, there is a lot of good art out there right now.
Have those inspirations changed over time?
Oh sure, as we age, our tastes change along with our thoughts and influences.
If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing? Photography
The last great book I read was… I am a film person.
My favourite film is… I just saw Hell or High Water this week and thought it was fantastic. I can guess that it didn't make a lot at the box office, they want those super hero, wow-factor high speed, action films with lots of ridiculous stunts and explosions.
An example of that is the new Star Trek film, which I saw recently, the staging was so predictable and acting so bad that I pulled it out of the player after only 10 minutes.
Right now I’m listening to… Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and George Jones.
After a hard days work I like to unwind by… Turn on the tv or listen to some music
Trump or Hillary? Neither.