Laetitia Rouget – Artist of the Month
December’s Artist of the Month is talented artist/designer and illustrator Laetitia Rouget.
Laetitia’s practice integrates elements of illustration, graphic design, screenprinting, fashion print, textile and photography. Born in Paris, Laetitia came to London at the age of 19 to study Graphic Design & Illustration at Central Saint Martins. Laetitia’s clients include Asos, Topshop, River Island and Havana.
We sat down with Laetitia to find out more about her art and inspirations. Read the full interview below. Laetitia has also taken over our Instagram for a week to showcase her work and process. Follow us on @Artiqgram to see her posts.
What artists have influenced your practice?
Many artists influence me every day. After having an injury, I couldn’t walk for a few months and started to paint all day to kill the time. Basquiat was my favourite artist at the time, and influenced me with his bright colours and naive style of illustration. Then later on, my work got more focused around colours. Matisse, Rothko & Nicolas de Stael were a great source of inspiration too.
How has your work developed over time?
My work developed through different periods of my life and interest. I first started to work in photography in the darkroom, then I developed my skills in print making and finally started to paint with my Argentinian flatmate . All of these experiences have built my work of today, which is a mix of different practices and mediums. I like to mix and change medium in order to represent the best idea I have in mind at the time.
What’s the last exhibition you saw that made an impact on you?
I was impressed by the David Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy. The use of colours, and the size of the paintings really impressed me. After this exhibition, I started to develop a series of landscapes with similar bright colours called Desert Landscapes.
What is the one thing you cannot live without?
Cheese & wine!
Tell us about your dream project.
My dream project would be to design a space. I really enjoy working on big scales, and I would love to work on a big space were you can really have fun and play with colours and illustration. This could be for a hotel, a restaurant, a shop or a bar for example.