Ever wonder who took that rad photo of Masha in a fantastical paper hat for the relaunch of masha.com? It was none other than the talented LA-based artist and friend, Lika Brutian. For this installment of Artists we Love, Lika chats with us about her process. Some of Lika’s moody depictions of women are so on-point in the realm of fashion, we weren’t sure whether to feature this artist here or in our Fashion Crush series or in both – you be the judge! Read on and be inspired by her poignant images – we sure are!
Tell us a bit about your upbringing and early life–did you always want to be an artist?
I was born in a family of scientists and artists. I was never conciously thinking about becoming an artist. At the same time, one of my favorite pastimes was to visit my aunt in her studio and my parents’ artist friends. I loved drawing and playing/sculpting with clay, like all children. I dreamt of majoring in film and becoming a director but got my master’s degree in Psychology. After working for years as a therapist, I started to shoot. First, for myself, then it became inalienable, essential part of my life.
What inspires you the most?
Almost everything can become a source of inspiration. It can be triggered by a phrase I like in a book or hear somewhere, music, cinema, places, nature, etc.
Your work is imbued with mysterious sensuality, what is your favorite light / technique / subject to work with?
Mostly I shoot women, probably associating with my current mood, playfulness, etc. I love natural light, I love natural moving shadows. Regarding technique; nothing really specific except my little secrets.
Which artists do you admire the most?
Undoubtedly, geniusеs of the Renaissance and my favorite modern artists – Jean Jansem, Modigliani. Photographers who inspire me are Henri Cartier Bresson, Richard Avedon, Helmut Newton, Sarah Moon.
What is the favorite photo you’ve ever taken?
This one below.
Do you have anything new and exciting coming up that you’d like to tell us about?
I keep shooting and being filled with new ideas for new photo projects.
When and where do you work most frequently–do you find your inspiration varies throughout the day?
I shoot everywhere :). I don’t have specific location for my photoshoots. I use studios, outdoor locations, my friends’ houses and my own home. It depends on the project.
Which person (famous or not) would you be most honored to have one of your photos?
I would love to work with John Malkovich.
Have you ever received or given a favorite greeting card? Who was it from/to, and why was it your favorite?
My favorite cards are hand-made cards made by my sons during the years. I keep them, I look at them, I smile. I feel happy.
Thank you Lika! Click over to her website for more beauty.–
Images courtesy Lika Brutian.