Photo from Art Personas Management
Scribbling with colors is Lawrence’s main hobby. This has shaped mostly the direction of his life – translating his deep emotions into something visual. Come an unexpected turn, the master becomes the “object” on someone’s eye. He was left with no choice but to morph into that subject that was once a part of his usual grind. Just as we are sipping some drinks on Ysobel Gallery, he discussed the concept behind his art works. As an art lover myself, I was hooked by the way he pulled his inspiration for his works, knowing that I got in touch with my artsy side before. Surrounded by works of art, the environment is just perfect to get to know not just the masterpiece, but this handsome being tickling our eyes. Within our interview, he openly speaks how modelling became a learned behaviour for him, and how he transcended to the other form of imagery.
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Since when did you become interested with art?
Even before when I was 5. My father is not an artist but he draws. I tried copying some of his human sketches. Animes started to follow like Ghost Fighter then evolved into painting. I never really painted until I entered college
What goes into your mind when you draw?
Base it on feelings. My mentor said just be honest with what you do and what you feel. Cause that’s the real you. Before I don’t have some heavy emotions and that became my weakness. When I experienced broken moments, that when it all started.
With all your background in art, how did you ventured into modelling?
I was discovered by Tito Junel Quinones and introduced me to Ms Sara and Sir Ronnie Cruz of Art Personas, who happened to be the people behind Manila Fashion Festival. I easily connected the two (art and modelling) since fashion designers and all of them are artists as well. I easily became interested since it’s also a form of art that became an inspiration on my artwork and future studies.
Did you ever consider this profession when you were a kid?
(Laughs) I never expected it. I have fantasized being a model, but I’m really shy in person. After signing up with Art Personas Management and doing my first fashion show, I realized I have a future here.
Photo from Preen Online (left) and Style Bible (right)
What was then your first impression of models before?
They seem to be high profile since you see them in magazines and photoshoots. Looks like it is hard to reach them. But when you’re there, you’ll realize that they are just like us.
How do you manage to incorporate your love for art into modelling?
It’s just the same, only different in approach. Fashion is also in the field of performing arts then my love for visual art is just there. Modelling and art meets somewhere in the middle. Fashion is inspired mostly on artworks and it goes from there.
Is it an advantage for you that you are an artist in the fashion industry?
I think so when it comes to taste. As an artist I look into beauty – same with modelling.
Do artist tend to be OC as a models?
I’m really concerned actually because I was the one who told my subject / model to pose. Before I was art directing and now someone else is doing the art direction. Then again I’m open to that because I didn’t start as a model. If ever I make a mistake, I tend to accept it and apply correctives.
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Let’s talk about your style. How did art and fashion affect how you dress and present yourself?
If you have met me before and saw my fashion statement, it’s very “artist” in kind of way, like very basic in nature. Now, it seems that my clothing has evolved. But I still prefer simple, clean and low key.
In your career as a model, what is the most artistic thing that you have done?
Everything I did is something I consider as artistic. Fashion is always like that. When you present clothes, it’s some sort of art.
Any dream job you have in mind?
For me, for as long as I am working I’m good. But I always dream of seeing myself in a magazine, not just my name unlike before in a contemporary Art magazine.
What are the struggles that you have encountered as a model?
It’s the adjustment. I was never familiar at first, especially on dealing with people. You never know what goes into their head. I tend to over think how they see me as a model.
Photo by from Art Personas Management
What can a millennial model can do to make it in fashion?
Give the industry a brave heart cause the business is a fierce world. There’s a lot of competition. You really have to work hard and attend castings diligently because it all starts there.
As you have booked a number of shows during the previous seasons, can you let us know how did you managed to get the “yes” of the designers?
(Laughs) Well, it’s a matter of confidence and as for me, all just fall into place.
Photo by Junel Quinones of Art Personas Management
Some of Lawrence’s art works. Earth tones is his signature aesthetic.
Bless the models!