For the last 15 years, there’s been a man up in Canada painting under the nonsensical name “Labrona.” He is a skateboarder, a record collector, sometimes a house builder and, most importantly, an artist in the purest sense. When you look at the projects that Labrona gets himself involved with, it quickly becomes evident that he is a man who wants to capture life in his art and share his creations with the world in any way possible. Whether he’s painting on skate decks, canvases, freight trains or the sides of buildings, Labrona’s work has an energy and a beauty that comes from a rare combination of drive and talent. Only the best street artists can successfully draw inspiration from themes as seemingly divergent as skateboard culture and the old masters, and that’s exactly what Labrona does. Labrona inserts beauty into everyday life with his artwork, but without ignoring the grittiness of the places where he finds himself painting, resulting in a synergy between traditional beauty and worn-down everyday realities that brings new life to wherever he paints.
Photographs by Martha Cooper, Mark Deff and Jason Wilder, please contact WALL\THERAPY for more information.