In the hands of Paul Llanos, simple materials become art. It’s a skill he exhibited from an early age, and today, the Caribbean artist has expanded his craft across many genres. His works offer clues to his past; whimsical figurines of oil workers harken back to his days in Trinidad’s oil fields. Llanos’s easy grasp of the three- dimensional is apparent in his plaques depicting various styles of homes, and in his giclee prints, whose depth adds a beguiling character to each image. The artist’s ability to expertly render works of art in 3D extends perfectly to architecture, the art form that keeps him most busy these days.
In Trinidad, one of Llanos’s architecture clients has thrice returned to him, his most recent design a home that presents itself from the street as an unassuming beauty.
“Controlling these views was particularly fundamental in the planning of the site,” said Llanos. “How the site’s unique positives and negatives were managed is my great pride. The real accomplishments are mostly hidden—for an observer to never discover what undesirable battles were fought, as they remain concealed from experience.”
One of the home’s owners is a very accomplished designer in her own right, which in turn took the demanding task of selecting the design finishes off the architect’s shoulders. As a result, the homeowners’ choice of finishes blends with Llanos’s architecture to create a fancy, mature sense of quality. Llanos was initially drawn to the field of architecture as a way to meld his interest in engineering with his innate artistic ability, while his art business, Llanos & Maingot, has served as an outlet for his drive to create. He’s even brought his particular imaginative approach to his architecture as a way to connect with his clients.
“I delved into photorealism for a while when it was the newest thing out,” Llanos recalled. “I combined actual photography with computerised modelling to show the proposed design. I see that as bridging the language gap between the client and the architect.” While most of Llanos’s creative energy is now focused on architecture, his unyielding desire to sketch, sculpt, and paint remains strong, and there’s no telling what sort of beauty is lying in wait, anxious to be revealed by the artist.
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