Luka Va, a male name for a female Lithuanian illustrator with a great sense of humor who lives in Melbourne, Australia, and paints – by her own admission – “happy drawings” and “crazy animals”. As recounted in several interviews, she is always looking for new and different techniques, but every time she tries to do something serious here it shows up an illustration or a funny and “naive” character to the point that willingly accepts that her style is defined eccentric. Luka is daughter of artists, comes from a family of architects and designers and has been drawing since childhood. As an adult, she realized to feel greater joy and fulfillment in the illustration, and so she tried, and succeeded, to make her own work. Especially after moving to Australia she found that illustration – lived elsewhere as a hobby – could become a real job.
Her illustrations are inspired to real people, animals, situations often ideas comes while strolling through the city, looking around for her countless galleries or in the pretty artshop that dot the streets, or even losing herself for some outback path embarked only to follow the flight of a colorful bird… and it is only after these beautiful walks transposing everything on paper. She prefers to use the ink and still uses an old pen of her grandfather, finding it (and I must say that I agree with her) much better than some on the market today, and adds a touch of childhood magic with color pencil. She works at the kitchen table in his house for rent near the sea, or at the table of some coffeeshop where she loves often sipping cold coffee and lounging a bit.
She claims to be obsessed with printing on paper and by the infinite variety of paper that offer so many endless possibilities of experimentation. Her creative process is an easy, essential and effective recipe as her drawings and consists of three simple steps: take a piece of paper, pick up a pen, draw, and here served a small masterpiece. Obviously, among his crazy and happy animals appear in large numbers our favorite felines, attendance almost constant although not ubiquitous in the works of this very graceful artist. Stylized, two-dimensional, colorful, striped and polka dots cats, often anthropomorphized, long-eared as bunnies as those with whom they mingle, portraits alone or deployed stick together, in the company of foxes and panda but always a bit crazy, definitely happy and light.