Axe #1: Is this a portrait of passive aggressive behavior? Or an edgy personality? You decide.
Artist Alexandra Dillon is a Los Angeles-based surrealist who paints on found objects. Her portraits on worn paintbrushes are especially charming, however, her work on other found objects, such as axes, cleavers and locks, is more provocative. “The portraits on tools are complex,” she says. “They’re about inner motivations, personal relationships and powerful emotions. They are intended to make you think.”
A native of Los Angeles, Alexandra Dillon received her B.A. in film from UCLA, then returned to her lifelong passion for making art. Her love of Old Master painting led her to study classical realism in Florence, Italy, then New Orleans, finally settling in Venice, CA. She has since appeared in group and solo shows in Los Angeles. Her current work on found objects and paintbrushes has gone viral on Instagram and earned her an international reputation for edgy surrealism and inventive work on found objects.
TribeLA Magazine Acrostic Interview.4
Tagline: Give yourself and your work a tagline or sentence.
Portraits on found objects and psychological surrealism.
Rest: How do you spend your time off
Long walks on mountain trails.
Influence: What would you like to share with our audience and what effect do you hope to have on us?
With the brush portraits, I strive to find character and convey a real sense of the person. The works on tools are more complex and allude to inner motivations and powerful emotions. They are intended to make you think.
Back: If you could choose a past literary/art/music movement to be a part of, which would you choose?
I’m crazy about ancient art, Baroque and Renaissance portraits, Goya, Art Deco, Picasso….how can I choose? I love it all.
Energy: What fires you up?
Travels in Italy, thrift store finds, Led Zeppelin played loud.
Los Angeles: Where is your favorite place in Los Angeles? Where would you take visitors? If you could defend the city in one sentence to someone who doubts it, what would you say?
I’m an L.A. native and I think this is the most creative city in the world. I adore the beach. It’s the very edge of western civilization!
Advice: What is the best advice you’ve received? What is the best advice you can give?
Life is too short to spend time worrying. Spend more time dancing.
Aura: How would you describe your energy, style, etc.?
Old soul, snappy dresser.
Room: Where in your home do you work? If not in your home, where do you feel most compelled to create?
I prefer to work in the studio where I’m not distracted by dishes in the sink.
Tools: What do you prefer to work with, physically and otherwise?
I work in both acrylics and oils on found objects.