Painter Vin Servillon turns heads amongst the bigwigs of fashion.
It was said in less than 140 characters: “We love Vin Servillon’s beautiful paintings of ladies in Marc Jacobs!” tweeted, well, Marc Jacobs. The designer sealed his statement with three heart emojis, and the rest, as they say, is history. Vin Servillon, a former ad man turned fulltime artist, began painting professionally in a hot minute. But the budding artist continues to hone his eminent love for craft, slowly making a name for himself in the fashion industry. Currently based in California, Vin chats with Preview about coming into art late in life and his empowering views on beauty.
PREVIEW: HOW DID YOU GET STARTED WITH YOUR ART? VIN:
Growing up, I was occasionally castigated for painting on the walls of the house, spilling paint and scribbling with chalk on the hardwood floors. Somehow I found comfort in the chaos. Needless to say, I was a pretty weird kid. That was the start of my love affair with art. I used to paint to pass the time, to get over the occasional bouts of the blues during gloomy winter days. How I professionally became an artist was purely unintentional. I am self-taught.
P: HAVE YOU ALWAYS BEEN INTERESTED IN FASHION? WHAT ABOUT IT FASCINATES YOU? V:
To be completely honest, not always. I favor style more than fashion. I think the fashion industry is full of the most creative minds on earth, which is incredibly enticing. I am in awe of all of them, and draw inspiration from what they create. But as the great Yves Saint Laurent said, “Fashion fades, style is eternal.” And I could not agree more.
P: WHAT KIND OF MATERIALS DO YOU USE IN YOUR WORK? V:
I mostly go by “feel,” if that makes sense. Though lately, I have been really into ink and acrylic gouache. I have used chalk, pastels and everything in between. I actually use real blush on my paintings. My mother left a cream blush in my house some time ago, and