BOLD STROKES

Painter Vin Servil­lon turns heads amongst the big­wigs of fash­ion.

Preview (Philippines) - - Mood - BY KARA OR­TIGA

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

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