HOW ARTIST LEFTY OUT THERE IS SPEARHEADING THE CONTEMPORARY ART MOVEMENT WITH HIS EMBLEMATIC PATTERNS AND CONTRADICTORY APPROACH.
STYLING BY ELIZABETH MARGULIS
Through balancing the art of bold and intricate, organic yet uniform, artist Lefty Out There (@leftyoutthere) achieves a rare state of equilibrium through working in contradictions. With a symbolic pattern that casts a spell on the eye and forces it to linger, Lefty’s signature polymorphs are made legendary after gaining recognition from the entirety of the creative field spanning fine art galleries and interior designers to renowned brands. Possessing limitless innovation and authentic complexity, the artist inspired by everything now finds himself at the forefront of the contemporary art world defined by virtual creation. From lively canvas work to becoming a master of digitized craft, we chat with the pioneer as he touches on his artistic ethos, latest NFT drops and an upcoming solo exhibition in London’s prestigious Maddox Gallery.
Photos of Lefty Out There with original pieces of artwork
Tell us about your artistic ethos. How would you describe your art?
My ethos is to cover everything. I am constantly creating, and if I am not, I’m enjoying others’ creations. My art entirely consumes my life. My shapes, otherwise known as polymorphs, are the foundation of my creations.
What inspires you?
My most recent inspiration has been my drive for experimentation. I am constantly pushing my boundaries by trying new mediums, products, utensils and whatever I can get my hands on. I am a process painter with self-taught origins in street art.
How do you achieve the delicate balance of contradiction in your work?
I like to think that my work balances both subtlety and intensity. My polymorphs are meant to be organic yet uniform. At first glance, the art can appear as primitive mark-making, but in reality, each work is a part of a more extensive refined process. As a result, no two pieces will ever be the same—their intricacy makes it impossible to replicate.
PHOTO BY LARSEN SOTELO
What can we expect from your upcoming NFT drop?
My next NFT drop will be in celebration of Earth Day in April. You can expect similar worldly [creativity] and quality as my last drop. In addition, the NFT will incorporate a charitable component, which is something I am passionate about and have done many times throughout my career. This time around, I am exploring the idea of increasing quantity and edition sizes. Stay tuned!
And your exhibition with Maddox Gallery?
My solo exhibition opens on March 31 and will be on display through May 4 at Maddox Gallery in Mayfair, London. You can expect a fully immersive gallery experience where the art will spill off the canvases. This show furthers principles of the op art movement. I’m excited to be diving into a movement that I have been a fan of since my formative years.