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ARTISTIC INSPIRATION

11/8/2018 | Stephanie Trombley

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We are surrounded by artwork. When you step into a restaurant or even a doctor’s office, it’s almost certain that art in some form is decorating the walls. We see artwork every day and may not even realize it.  But what if art was more than just a painting? What if it were a way to describe sound, scents and emotions? Alexander Le Fevre, from Enfield, Connecticut, is one of the unique young artists who contribute to the beauty that we see in the world. Bringing images he sees on a daily basis to life using acrylic paint, Alex captivates those who observe his original works by communicating what he thinks as well as what he views.

Alex was born in Schenectady, New York. He moved around frequently during his childhood, but has settled in Enfield. Admittedly, he is never too sure where he may go. As Alex shared, “Who knows where life will take me?” He started painting in high school, but did not continue to practice painting and developing his craft for several years before pursuing a career in art.  Growing up, Alex was shy and had trouble conveying his thoughts verbally. He used his painting skills to communicate. “Growing up, I always had a hard time communicating with people. It wasn’t like I had nothing to say, I just didn’t know how to say things that made sense. I also have a very active imagination. So between those two, I see things and speak in a lot of word pictures and illustrations.”

Finding his own way of communicating, Alex was able to use art as an outlet. “One day, I decided I wanted to paint how I feel and see the world. I wanted to ‘say what I couldn’t say’ with my art. When I paint, I can say things the way I want to and show a picture of what is in my head.”

The little things in life inspire Alex. As he said, “I like to paint the small moments in life, the candid moments; the moments that are there for just a second before they pass. Those moments when time slows down and you really feel the joy of life itself. For example, how a song makes you feel when you are in a car, or when you see leaves falling around you in a certain way. Or even when you see someone smile at something cheesy,” No matter how big or small, the moments that capture our attention captivate Alex and are present as a part of his work. “I paint my joys, my fears, my dreams and the joy I see in others.”

Alex’s process of inspiration is interesting, and helps him to paint new ideas as realistically as possible. “I like to take pictures of things so I can use them as references for future paintings. That way, when I say ‘I want to paint this or that,’ I know exactly how that object or person is supposed to appear and behave in real life.”

While the passions of others play a role in what Alex creates, there’s a bit of personal charm behind each of his original works. “When I paint, I paint for me. It’s my time to share what I think and try not to care what others think, because then I can be honest with my art and myself. Each piece is a little piece of me, so they all mean something.”

Alex is also one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, which has influenced the artwork he creates. “One of the things we keep in mind is that we should stop and admire the nature and creation around us. So that helped me look around and admire the moments in life I want to paint.”

But in the end, he has the ability to craft pieces that tie both his personal experiences and the experiences of others into them. “If people can really see what goes on in my head, I think that’s great. Art should give you all five senses. You should see yourself in that moment, you should smell the coffee in the picture, and taste it as if you were there. I want my art to do that to others like it does to me.”

With all of his work has come success, and Alex’s work was featured in the Enfield Public Library for the month of October. His reaction to his art being displayed is one of happiness and disbelief. “I still can’t believe it. I never thought my art was something others would really like, but I decided to take a chance and go for it.”

Alex is not only an artist, but also a fan of the work that others do. He was compelled to be a part of the displays he often sees. “I always wanted to show my art locally. When I see other people’s art in common areas around town, it feels real and natural to me. You can tell when someone just likes making art and is passionate about it. I wanted to show my art in town, and after asking around, someone put me in contact with the library. It seemed like a great place for me to start.”

Alex has painted numerous pieces over the span of his blossoming career. Among his favorites is a piece called “Bright Snowy Nights,” which represents, as he described, “a sleepy street on a crisp winter night.” One of his other favorites, “Courage,” comes with a bit of personal background. “It’s about fighting your insecurities to do something like giving a flower to someone you care about.”

Alexander likes to break a mold each time he creates a new piece. He doesn’t stick to a typical portrait or painting, but rather, paints elements that the eye may miss in everyday life. “Because each of my paintings are from what I see in my head, I tailor each painting to convey the right meaning and perspective, and to make my art unique to me. It isn’t exactly a traditional copy of real life because I like to add a lot of visuals and symbolism in my art.”

His work is difficult for Alex to describe in terms of type, but rather, where he visualizes it being found. “I think it would be easier to say where I would see my art instead of what type it is. I would simply say my art is something you could find in a modern coffee shop or something like that.”

He paints elements such as sounds or feelings, attempting to make them as visual as possible. “In my painting ‘Cruisin’,’ you can see the sound waves and energy of the music even though you can’t see it in real life. I knew from the beginning I didn’t want to be the guy who just did portraits or landscapes or abstract.”

With the huge accomplishment of being featured at the Enfield Public Library, Alex plans to continue to create one-of-a-kind artwork. “I am always working on more art. I always have new thoughts, ideas, and perspectives that I know I can share with art.”

Alex admits that without the support of family and friends, his path as an artist may not be the same. “I am thankful to my friends and family who have been supportive of my art. It’s important to have people there for you. They taught me to be balanced in life.”

No matter what item or concept Alex is inspired by next, it is certain that he is inspiring others, and that his art will continue to flourish for years to come.

To view more of, or purchase Alexander Le Fevre’s art, please visit www.alexlefevreart.com

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