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Dr. Lakra Ryals Thomas
Biography <ul><li>Born in 1972 </li></ul><ul><li>Born as Jeronimo Lopez Ramirez </li></ul><ul><li>Son of Francisco Benjamí...
Style <ul><li>Does not limit himself to surfaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does art on literally anything </li></ul></ul><ul><...
<ul><li>Untitled (Retrato de Mujer con Calaca), 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Ink on Vintage Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>11in x 8....
Description <ul><li>A magazine cover from 1965 painted over with ink. </li></ul><ul><li>A strong contradiction of a welcom...
Analysis <ul><li>White skull somewhat blends in with the color of the original picture. </li></ul><ul><li>Lines within sku...
Interpretation <ul><li>A contradiction of life and death, beauty and fear, love and hate. </li></ul><ul><li>Truly defines ...
Judgment <ul><li>Insightful work, drawing viewer emotion upon eye contact. </li></ul><ul><li>Quickly gains viewer’s attent...
<ul><li>Untitled (Chocolatitos), 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Ink on paper </li></ul><ul><li>44in x 55in </li></ul>
<ul><li>Untitled (Estrella Blanca), 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Ink on Poster </li></ul><ul><li>18.8in x 13.3in </li></ul>
<ul><li>Untitled (Dan Getulio Vargas), 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Watercolor and Pencil on Vintage Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>Untitled (Black Gordman), 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Ink on Vintage Magazine Print. </li></ul><ul><li>18.7in x 13.8in ...
<ul><li>Untitled (Vestido Amarillo), 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Ink on Vintage Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>13.2in x 9.8in </li>...
<ul><li>Untitled (Cardenas), 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Colored pencil and gouache on vintage magazine </li></ul><ul><li>15.25...
<ul><li>Untitled (Hiroshima Tomonohira Take-Emon), 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Pigment on Japanese Woodblock Print </li></ul><u...
<ul><li>Untitled (Vea), 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Ink on Vintage Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>16in x 18in </li></ul>
<ul><li>Untitled (Mujer con Pajaros), 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Colored ink and Polymer Paint on Vintage Magazine. </li></ul>...
<ul><li>Untitled (Karloff Lagarde), 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Ink on Vintage Poster </li></ul><ul><li>28.75in x 18.75in </li>...
<ul><li>Lakra bases a lot of his artwork off of his sketches or test trials of materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Untitled (Doll...
Inspiration <ul><li>Most of Dr. Lakra’s inspiration comes </li></ul><ul><li>from various cultures that use tattoos </li></...
Inspiration (Cont.) <ul><li>Lakra finds that exploring new media and trying new things is much more rewarding than a finis...
Inspiration (Cont.) <ul><li>In general, Dr. Lakra seems to be inspired by exploration of art materials as well as skin-alt...
Bibliography <ul><li>Images retrieved from: </li></ul><ul><li>www.phillipsdepury.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.photobucket.com...
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Dr Lakra

  1. 1. Dr. Lakra Ryals Thomas
  2. 2. Biography <ul><li>Born in 1972 </li></ul><ul><li>Born as Jeronimo Lopez Ramirez </li></ul><ul><li>Son of Francisco Benjamín López Toledo, a graphic artist </li></ul><ul><li>Based near Mexico City (Oaxaca, Mexico) </li></ul><ul><li>Studied with Gabriel Orozco in 1980s </li></ul><ul><li>Travelled to study various cultures at their origin, strongly influencing his art </li></ul>
  3. 3. Style <ul><li>Does not limit himself to surfaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Does art on literally anything </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Skin, Old dolls, Vintage Magazines, Walls, Canvas, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ As an artist, part of my work is finding materials I can draw on, surfaces that aren’t just white paper.” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Occupation: Tattoo Artist </li></ul><ul><li>Got his name by carrying his tattooing tools in a doctor’s bag </li></ul><ul><li>Lakra – a scar left by illness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Slang for delinquents/lowlifes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All of his works are untitled, but usually have a reference name. </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Untitled (Retrato de Mujer con Calaca), 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Ink on Vintage Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>11in x 8.6in </li></ul>
  5. 5. Description <ul><li>A magazine cover from 1965 painted over with ink. </li></ul><ul><li>A strong contradiction of a welcoming smile and a skull. </li></ul><ul><li>Visible artistic strokes. </li></ul><ul><li>Both beauty and fear. </li></ul><ul><li>Untitled (Retrato de Mujer con Calaca), 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Ink on Vintage Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>11in x 8.6in </li></ul>
  6. 6. Analysis <ul><li>White skull somewhat blends in with the color of the original picture. </li></ul><ul><li>Lines within skull show the skull’s form. </li></ul><ul><li>Proper shading to give skull a 3D effect, blending with the original image. </li></ul><ul><li>Untitled (Retrato de Mujer con Calaca), 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Ink on Vintage Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>11in x 8.6in </li></ul>
  7. 7. Interpretation <ul><li>A contradiction of life and death, beauty and fear, love and hate. </li></ul><ul><li>Truly defines “Beauty is only skin deep.” </li></ul><ul><li>Shows that ones true intentions are not always visible. </li></ul><ul><li>Untitled (Retrato de Mujer con Calaca), 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Ink on Vintage Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>11in x 8.6in </li></ul>
  8. 8. Judgment <ul><li>Insightful work, drawing viewer emotion upon eye contact. </li></ul><ul><li>Quickly gains viewer’s attention via contrasting ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Incredibly effective usage of new techniques and old material. </li></ul><ul><li>Untitled (Retrato de Mujer con Calaca), 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Ink on Vintage Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>11in x 8.6in </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Untitled (Chocolatitos), 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Ink on paper </li></ul><ul><li>44in x 55in </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Untitled (Estrella Blanca), 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Ink on Poster </li></ul><ul><li>18.8in x 13.3in </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Untitled (Dan Getulio Vargas), 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Watercolor and Pencil on Vintage Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>15in x 11in </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Untitled (Black Gordman), 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Ink on Vintage Magazine Print. </li></ul><ul><li>18.7in x 13.8in </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Untitled (Vestido Amarillo), 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Ink on Vintage Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>13.2in x 9.8in </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Untitled (Cardenas), 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Colored pencil and gouache on vintage magazine </li></ul><ul><li>15.25in x 11in </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>Untitled (Hiroshima Tomonohira Take-Emon), 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Pigment on Japanese Woodblock Print </li></ul><ul><li>13.8in x 9.2in </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Untitled (Vea), 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>Ink on Vintage Magazine </li></ul><ul><li>16in x 18in </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Untitled (Mujer con Pajaros), 2003 </li></ul><ul><li>Colored ink and Polymer Paint on Vintage Magazine. </li></ul><ul><li>16.5in x 10.25in </li></ul>
  18. 18. <ul><li>Untitled (Karloff Lagarde), 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Ink on Vintage Poster </li></ul><ul><li>28.75in x 18.75in </li></ul>
  19. 19. <ul><li>Lakra bases a lot of his artwork off of his sketches or test trials of materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Untitled (Doll Arm and Face Layout) </li></ul>
  20. 20. Inspiration <ul><li>Most of Dr. Lakra’s inspiration comes </li></ul><ul><li>from various cultures that use tattoos </li></ul><ul><li>and skin adjustments such as the Maori </li></ul><ul><li>of New Zealand and the Aztecs of </li></ul><ul><li>Central America. </li></ul><ul><li>Many of Lakra’s tattoo-esque works show a strong influence from Japan and China. </li></ul><ul><li>Lakra’s other works are strongly influenced by Mexican culture. </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional Maori Tattoo </li></ul>
  21. 21. Inspiration (Cont.) <ul><li>Lakra finds that exploring new media and trying new things is much more rewarding than a finished work. </li></ul><ul><li>His murals are truly culturally influenced, usually involving totems or idols from older civilizations. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of Dr. Lakra’s Murals </li></ul>
  22. 22. Inspiration (Cont.) <ul><li>In general, Dr. Lakra seems to be inspired by exploration of art materials as well as skin-altering societies and cultures. </li></ul><ul><li>The subjects of his art are usually either spectral or human and promote ideas similarly to the Mexican celebration, “La Noche de las Brujas.” </li></ul><ul><li>He is indefinitely inspired by his work and the inspiration he achieves within his artwork and medium exploration has been prevalent in his work. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Bibliography <ul><li>Images retrieved from: </li></ul><ul><li>www.phillipsdepury.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.photobucket.com </li></ul><ul><li>Artist information from: </li></ul><ul><li>www.icaboston.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.metrowestdailynews.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk </li></ul>

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