The color blue is known to be rich with symbolism. A primary color, it encompasses the sea and the sky, symbolizing serenity, stability, inspiration, and wisdom. But for illustrator Kevin Lucbert, blue is also a means of expression.
Working primarily with a blue biro BIC pen, Lucbert is known for his blue, often fantastical, landscapes, inhabited by eerie humans and creatures. “I love working on monochrome pictures because they communicate directly the idea they want to express with great visual impact,” he once explained in an interview with Jung Katz. “Decorative and superficial elements become less important then.” It also means that his art tools are kept to a bare minimum. “I like the idea of expressing the most with the humblest implement,” notes Lucbert.
Having studied in the National School of Decorative Arts of Paris, Lucbert is currently based between Berlin and Paris. A member of an artist collective, The Ensaders, he participates regularly in performances and exhibitions and leads drawing workshops. But his work has also attracted commercial clients, with collaborations that include brands like The New York Times, Hermès, and Starbucks.
“Art creates a distancing effect that allows the artist to express his own ideas to an audience in a peaceful manner,” says Lucbert. The color blue adds to this overall sense of peacefulness.