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LIAM
STUDENT AND ARTIST
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ANY HOBBIES OR SPECIAL TALENTS?

I am a visual artist, specializing in pencil drawing, printmaking, and oil color. I love to surround myself with wall art and statuary that inspires me, which is why I love painting in my apartment. My primary point of view is to use traditional art technique and images to challenge convention by juxtaposing these with subjects that are not conventionally considered to be beautiful. In this, I try to play with the tension of duplicity, fame, and illusion.

WHEN DID YOU START PAINTING?

I started seriously painting when I was 14 and haven't stopped since. I have also been enamored by art and creativity and was very blessed to grow up neighbors with an extremely talented artist and jewelry designer, Alyssa Nguyen. We started painting together nearly 7 years ago, and we are so close, we are nearly siblings

WHAT DRIVES YOU?

The desire to make my life into a work of art. To constantly be growing, experiencing, and traveling; to create in the purest sense of the word.

HOW DO YOU DEFINE YOUR STYLE?

My personal style of clothing draws a lot on Heidi Slimane's Saint Laurent and Alessandro Michele's work for Gucci. I love the idea of a rock n' roll cowboy that is softened by floral and scroll motifs. I like to mix patterns and do things that are unexpected, though I still walk the line of professional. I want to be polished, but with flair. With that, I end up wearing a lot of oxfords, silks, patterns, jackets, dress trousers, Chelsea boots, and loafers. When I want to dress up, I draw on the sensibility of Ralph Lauren Purple label: impeccable tailoring, velvet slippers, wool double-breasted coats, and fine jewelry. I like my style to have its roots in tradition with a certain vintage nostalgia, but mix and match pieces with more modern fashion to allow the vintage pieces to be viewed in a different light.

WHAT ABOUT INTERIOR DESIGN?

My interior design style embodies a lot of the same sensibility. All of it has vintage and antique roots, which I then juxtapose with the harshness of modern design. With this, one of my inspirations is Italian design and architecture, and publications like DOMUS, and the universe of Fornasetti. Nearly everything I have on display has been accumulated through travels. It is very important to me that my room speaks to who I am, and has a story. It was this ideal that made me fall in love with the Bush Temple. It has historic and old-world charm, harkens to European Neoclassicism, though has been updated and is read in another light, so it's not stuffy or overwhelming. In this, my style is very eclectic, and styling becomes paramount.

DO YOU WORK FROM HOME, AND IF SO, WHAT SPACE DO YOU USE AS A MAKESHIFT OFFICE?

I do not work from home, but I often do throw an old blanket on the floor and start painting.

WHAT'S YOUR IDEAL ROAD TRIP?

My ideal road trip is probably to the nearest airport, and then to Europe. I am a very antsy person, and can only really be lazy for very short periods of time before I start to lose my mind. I find it very hard to sit in a car, making my longest road trip to date 3 hours with stops. However, I would never turn down a California road trip up and down the coast.

WHICH PAST ERA INTRIGUES YOU THE MOST AND WHY?

Socially, probably the 70s-90s. I find the constant march toward progress fascinating in the postmodern world. The upheaval, the political unrest, and the art is not only intriguing, but I believe, is an interesting case study for today's climate.

AND CULTURALLY?

Culturally, I find the modern era very interesting. With artists like Basquiat, Warhol, and Rauschenberg, I find the deviation from convention very inspiring, and their ability to render old images in a new light, something that really fits into my aesthetic.

I JAM OUT TO ...

A whole spectrum of artists. I listen to The National, Father John Misty, Alt-J, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Sufjan Stevens, Stromae, Vendredi sur Mer, Sylvan Esso, and The Acid. As well as older music like Frank Sinatra, Edith Piaf, The Velvet Underground, Prince, and others. My "let's get this done" genre of music would consist primarily of A$AP Rocky and Kendrick Lamar.

WHAT MOVIE PROP DO YOU WISH YOU OWNED?

Bond's Aston Martin

ON FRIDAY NIGHTS YOU CAN FIND ME...

Food is a huge inspiration to me. I adore getting ready and going to a nice dinner complete with nice wine and marinading in the experience of friends. So, I am usually finding new restaurants to try. While it is kind of basic, I love Fig & Olive, because it embodies everything that is great about Italian culture, and reminds me of my time in Rome. While my unit is small, I also love hosting people and usually migrate to the roof.

CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT...

Learning, adventure, creation, and music. (as well as a nice atelier cologne)

IF YOU HAD A BAND, WHAT WOULD THE NAME BE? WHAT GENRE?

"Nocturnal Creatures," and it would definitely have to be in the vein of alt-j, so I suppose Indie Pop.

DO YOU READ THE BOOK FIRST OR WAIT FOR THE MOVIE TO COME OUT?

I am not a huge movie person in general, so I suppose I would be more of a book guy, but by the same token, I really don't read novels that often. I usually end up reading about art, design, or history. For one of my all-time favorites, however, The Book Thief, I read the book first and then watched the movie.

WHY CHICAGO?

The food culture, art scene, and proximity to the lake. Growing up on a lake in Wisconsin, having some nature was important to me. It is one of the friendlier big cities, yet still has the same sense of excitement as bigger cities without the annoyance or filth. (However, I could really do without winter.)

ARE YOU AN INTROVERT OR EXTROVERT?

Definitely an extrovert. I like to be alone while I'm working, but will immediately need human interaction after.

DO YOU HAVE A FOUR-LEGGED ROOMMATE? TELL US ABOUT HIM/HER.

I have this fun statue of a copper bulldog named Romulus.

IN YOUR APARTMENT: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE FURNISHINGS OR ART PIECES? DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOU GOT THEM AND/OR WHO DESIGNED OR CREATED THEM?

I have a portrait of my Grandmother who is a Chicago native and grew up in Rogers Park. My grandpa grew up in Rogers Park as well but later moved to Lincoln Park. I never really knew my Chicago roots before I actually moved here, but half of my family is from the city. Not only is it a great design feature, but it also reminds me of my roots. I also have a ton of souvenirs from my travels. Most are from my time in Rome, Italy. Some of my favorites include a jar of water from the Med that I collected while in Maiori, a good luck charm my professor gave me from Naples, volcanic ash from Pompeii, and a piece of the marble street sign from my address in Rome after a car hit and shattered it. Another favorite is a first edition Goya etching that I bought from an arts market in Paris, as well as prints from Le Louvre. I also have a papyrus scroll from Cairo, Ginja from Lisbon Portugal, and yin and yang meditation balls from China. My travels have really shaped me, and I like to have that represented in my space.

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I AM A VISUAL ARTIST, SPECIALIZING IN PENCIL DRAWING, PRINTMAKING, AND OIL COLOR.

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I LOVE THE IDEA OF A ROCK N' ROLL COWBOY THAT IS SOFTENED BY FLORAL AND SCROLL MOTIFS.

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IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO ME THAT MY ROOM SPEAKS TO WHO I AM, AND HAS A STORY. IT WAS THIS IDEAL THAT MADE ME FALL IN LOVE WITH THE BUSH TEMPLE.