21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2018: Lillian Blouin


Lillian Blouin, Uranium U92, oil, 12 x 12.

Lillian Blouin, Uranium U92, oil, 12 x 12.

Art Education: I received my bachelor’s degree in illustration at the Laguna College of Art and Design in 2011. In 2017 I received my master’s degree in fine art from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, CA.

Style: I am very much a surrealist. Although my favorite subject matter is still life, I always construct my compositions to provoke interest in the meaning behind the objects in the piece. I love creating whimsical puzzles that viewers feel compelled to try and explain, a process that often leads to very interesting conversations.

Creative Spark: Science has always been a subject that fascinates me. I love learning about how the world works and how, through science, we break down all the complicated functions of the universe into little pieces. I find it a real challenge to capture the beauty of these subjects in my art.

Second-Choice Career: Probably a writer. If I couldn’t be a painter, I would still want to live my life creating something beautiful.

Best Advice Received: It’s okay to fail. Failure can lead to some of the best discoveries you’ve ever made.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: I’m a really big fan of the English artist Marc Quinn. I love all his
work, but my favorites are from his orchid series.

Future Goals: I would love to start teaching. I am also continuing to work to find gallery representation and get more and more people interested in my work.

Price Range: $300 to $3,000.

Representation: www.lillianannablouin.com.

This story was featured in the September 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art September 2018 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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