Today we’d like to introduce you to Adriana Lemus.
Adriana Lemus’ work ranges from abstract to realistic pieces inspired by the figure. Lemus works primarily in ceramic sculpture and painting.
Extensions of this work are ceramic cups that connect with the soul. This is done through the sense tactile touch or contact with the beauty of sculptured relief of the human form, texture, design, and color. Lemus’ passion and drive is to understand the connection and effect of her art with the soul of the observer.
Born in San Luis Obispo, CA, Lemus was raised by artistic parents. Her father’s work has been a huge inspiration for her own work. She graduated May of 2015 with a B.A. at the University of California, Berkeley. Lemus has shown her work in San Luis Obispo, Oakland, and multiple times at the Worth Ryder Art Gallery at UC Berkeley.
Currently, Lemus teaches at Art Bar in San Luis Obispo. Lemus has taught painting classes at Cal Poly and art to children in the Bay Area and in San Luis Obispo for the past three years.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
One of the struggles along the way has been accepting of being in a smaller town. When I first moved back to San Luis Obispo, I was hesitant to whether that was the right place for me to be after art school. Over the past four years, because of the small town I’ve been in, I’ve been able to continue my art practice, show my work in multiple businesses throughout the community, paint a large size mural, teach at a University, and grow my business.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
Adriana Lemus started a project called The Nude Selfie Project and it is what she’s been known for/ creating for the past four years.
This project is meant to celebrate women’s bodies and to illustrate that each and everybody is beautiful. Adriana Lemus has been drawing and sketching nude models for over four years and came to value the beauty in the various shapes, sizes, and dimensions. Her vision is that every woman will come to appreciate and love her own body. She continues to receive daily requests from women to draw or paint their “Selfies.” Lemus’ hope is that we move away from an unrealistic media ideal of women’s bodies and move toward embracing the body that we have been blessed with.
This series is made up of ceramic paintings and cups using underglaze and glaze. The figures you see were inspired by “selfies” provided to Adriana Lemus by friends and collectors of her work. A “selfie” is a self-portrait photograph, taken with a digital camera or camera phone held in the hand extended up to capture most of the body, or by using a mirror. The majority of these “selfies” were sent through the app called Snapchat. Snapchat is a messaging app that allows you to share images with your friends that can only be viewed for a matter of seconds before disappearing. Lemus had to screen-capture the photos, which were then used to paint and draw on ceramics.
I am most proud of the empowerment that I’ve created and given to women who buy my work, send photos for my artwork, and view my work.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I feel like the ability to be driven and to continue my art practice is what is most important. I continue to receive photos to this day and as long as I receive photos, I will continue painting the selfies.
I want to represent as many women and bodies as I can.
- My pieces range between $75-$100 per cup/mug and $100-$250 per vase depending on how many figures per piece.
- Website: adriananicolelemus.com
- Phone: 8052342217
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @adri.ana.lemus
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/adriana.lemus.54
Brandi Lopez Photography and Adriana Lemus