Today we’d like to introduce you to Felipe Dupouy.
Felipe, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started taking pictures and printing my own photographs when I was 12 years old. I began my career as a commercial and fine art photographer, my body of work includes a large body about Los Angeles. I photographed downtown in the late 90s and early 2000’s when it was empty. From there my work has evolved to include Limited addition handmade coffee tables that include photography in them. I am currently working on a new line of coffee tables made out of metal. These are handmade Limited addition high-end furniture pieces.
Has it been a smooth road?
It is very challenging making your living independently as an artist, But I would find it more challenging to have a full-time job and not have pursued my dreams.
Have you ever wanted to stop doing what you do and just start over?
I feel like quitting almost every day. Society wants new and innovative works from artists but there is no support system for this. Galleries say that they represent established and emerging artists, but it is my experience that they play it very safe and mostly sell established artists. As an artist, you have to take a financial risk to produce new works, these might or might not sell, but I believe that this is the only way to create truly original pieces, to block everything out and follow your vision.
What would you tell someone who is just starting out?
Be strong. Know exactly why you want to be an artist and don’t waiver. Be honest with yourself because you are the only one that decides if the work is good. Don’t let the marketplace dictate how you feel about your work.
What are you looking forward to?
I’m excited about the possibility of having my own workshop where I can make pieces that combine photography and furniture.
- Website: felipedupouy.com
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