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Creating classics in a modern world; inside the mind of artist Louis Oomen

February 24, 2022   ·   0 Comments

Louis Oomen, age 14, of Mansfield has been making art since they were just 4 years old.

Although Louis’s preferred medium is a digital canvas, pencil sketches are a go-to for this budding modern artist.

When asked what art means to them, Louis says they cannot imagine a world without it.

Using art as an escape, Louis spends two to three hours a day at their craft because, “art is everything”.

With that volume of art being created, Louis says it’s hard to know what to do with it all, and so some is gifted, some is kept for reference, and some is hung in the family home. Ultimately, however, Louis says selling art is the ultimate dream, and they have already sold a few costume pieces.

Also looking ahead, Louis says, “In the future I’d like to make digital art and create “furry” costumes (an animal costume or “fur suit:” that is custom-made, and owned and worn by cosplayers and members of the furry fandom).

When asked what their favourite creation to date is, Louis says a converted mask, that mom Karen plans to proudly display.

With so much going on in the world – between COVID–19 and other social pressures – Louis says they use art as a therapeutic escape, where there are no rules, and the result is always magic.

“I can create digital pieces for friends,” Louis confirms. “And that’s exactly what I love to do.”

Mom Karen says the journey with Louis’s craft has been extensive, with Louis participating in art classes through 4 Monkeys Studio, and Art Camp at The Gibson Centre.

“Plus, we’re always buying new supplies for all the kids’ crafts, drawings, and supplies to make bird toys for our pets,” she said. Louis has two siblings, Mila and Reid. “Our favourite store is Lens Mills – where we buy fabric for many projects.”

Staving off any depression that might result from not creating art, Louis says they’re lucky to have an endless supply of mediums to choose from, and ample room in the family home in which to create.

“We no longer have a kitchen table,” Karen shares, laughingly. “It’s an art studio and a supply room now. But we don’t mind – a lot of great work has come from Louis’s long sessions at that table.”

With dreams to see Japan, and the colourful creations of Japanese painters, Louis is in the art game for the long haul.

“Many of my ideas for new pieces come from animals – interacting with them, seeing pictures of them, and seeing the work of other artists – especially Japanese dragon art,” Louis said. “Next, I just scribble a rough drawing when it pops in my head, then I go back to it as the ideas build.”

In keeping with their love of animals, Louis is the proud parent of several birds – including a new edition: a baby bird that they are lovingly hand-raising. The family also has reptiles and a dog, and would love to add a cat to their home soon too.

Although Louis does not yet have a website or social media pages decided to their art, more about this artist is sure to surface over the coming years, as modern works become instant classics in the post pandemic world. 

By Wendy Gabrek

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