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The Language Of Art In Life - And Life In Art

“Namaste” from “Different Strokes” by Lourans Mikhail
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“Namaste” from “Different Strokes” by Lourans Mikhail

Lourans Mikhail is a muralist, sculptor, painter and graphic designer here in Chattanooga.

A Marine veteran, his work has been shown in galleries in Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago and Chattanooga - and he’s painted large-scale murals from San Diego, Anaheim and New Orleans to Chattanooga, Nashville and Memphis.

Lourans Mikhail
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Lourans Mikhail

Lourans is also Facility and Maintenance Manager for Sculpture Fields at Montague Park in Chattanooga - and with his partner Shanna Forrestall, they’ve created a new online show, “Chit Chat Chattanooga,” featuring local business owners, artists and influencers.

I spoke with Lourans after he completed a month-long artist residency at Chateau Orqueveaux in France.

“Infinite Love” mural by Lourans Mikhail
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“Infinite Love” mural by Lourans Mikhail