Featured Artist Jean-Luc Godard

Artist Jean-Luc Godard blends man-made with nature by creating stunning lamps from natural materials and modern light sources. View more of his work by visiting his website.

 

LED lamp of a dandelion puff etched on lucite by Jean-Luc Godard

“Dandelion Fireworks” Etched Lucite, Paint and LEDs, 5″ x 6″

 

My life has been dedicated to working with my hands.

 

LED lamp of a trio of mushrooms with a maple base and shades by Jean-Luc Godard

“Champignon Trio” Maple, Acrylic Paint and LEDs, 16” x 28”

 

As a young man, I spent hours in my woodshop creating furniture and honing my craft. Professionally, I was an electrical engineer, which also required creativity, albeit a much different kind. As time passed, I became interested in bringing the two together—the analytical perspective of an engineer and the creativity of an artist. Hence, Art of Lamp was born.

 

LED lamp of four mushrooms with maple base by Jean-Luc Godard

“Four Caps” Maple, Acrylic paint, Paper and LEDs, 20” x 30”

 

In 2014, I created my first lighted sculpture, my interpretation of a mushroom, whose shade was inspired by a nineteenth century wooden pail. Bit by bit my style evolved, developing more complex mushroom pieces and eventually branching out, if you’ll pardon the pun, to other botanical inspirations. I found great joy crafting the mushroom caps with a variety of media, including wood, metal, concrete and papier mâché. Some were huge—one even reached a height of over six feet—while others stood no higher than six inches.

 

LED lamps of two lotus flowers made of maple by Jean-Luc Godard

“Lotus” Maple, Acrylic Paint and LEDs, 8″ x 6″

 

As far as other plant sculptures, I wondered if I could create a flower made of wood. After many attempts, the “water lily” or “lotus” came to life using simple maple veneer for petals.

 

handmade LED lamp by artist Jean-Luc Godard

“Windswept” Oak, LEDs, handthrown pottery base. 24” long

 

That collection led me to create another different type of work that was based on the study of grass in the wind or underwater. The “sea grass” collection was the outcome. Through the built-in light source inside the blades of grass and a lot of sensual curves, I believe I have captured the essence of the motion.

 

Two LED lamps of Red and Orange flowers in vases made from Wood and pottery by Jean-Luc Godard

“Fleur de Bois (Orange)” Left, and “Fleur de Bois (Red)” Right: Maple, Acrylic Paints, Saggar Pottery and LEDs, 10” x 20” Each

 

I also created a series of woodland flowers or fleur de bois which are both funky and delicate. Asian lilies and the mythical forest of the film Avatar inspired my Mars Bloom pieces. For me, strolling through the meadow behind my shop and observing the wonders of nature provides not only serenity, but artistic inspiration as well.

 

LED lamp of a flower made from etched lucite and oak by Jean-Luc Godard

“Mars Bloom” Etched Lucite, Oak Veneer, Acrylic Paint and LEDs, 8″ x 7″

 

My latest creation is what I call light impressions. The way light travels through Lucite, especially when the surface has been carved, brings the piece to life in a way unlike any other piece that I’ve created.

 

Handmade lucite light by Jean-Luc Godard

“Bubbles Night” Etched Lucite, Paint, LEDs, 6″ x 5″

 

I started with a fern design, coloring it by hand with alcohol paint/dye, then added other slide designs including a puff of a dandelion resembling a huge colorful firework, a stalk of humble meadow grass with clusters of seeds, as well as the moon and the earth.

 

LED lamp of a fern etched in lucite by Jean-Luc Godard

“Fern” Etched Lucite, Paint and LEDs, 6″ x 5″

 

What inspires me most is the artistic process itself. Taking an idea, thinking about it in many different ways, then trying different media and techniques to bring that idea to life. It doesn’t get any more exciting than that!

 

Artist Jean-Luc Godard in his studio

Artist Jean-Luc Godard in his studio

 

Growing up in France, I spent countless hours roaming the fields and forest on the outskirts of our village with my brother. We’d stop and examine a flower, studying the entire microcosm of life found on one sole plant. Those childhood days of wondering over the marvel of nature stay with me to this day and provide the foundation for me as an artist.

 

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