As we have recently discussed in one of ARTUNER’s Insights, often today an artist’s biography is very important for understanding the context for her or his artistic process. Indeed, the audience is more and more curious and keen on gaining an insight into an artist’s practice.
Working closely with artists, during our conversations sometimes, by sheer chance, I find out interesting facts about their creative processes and their relationship with art throughout life. These details are at times inspirational, at times funny, but they are always insightful.
For this reason, I sat down with some of the most inspiring artists we’ve been working with over the past year at ARTUNER and asked them to tell me 3 things we didn’t know about their practice… this is what they replied:
1. My art teacher said I wouldn’t get into art school
2. My favourite artwork is Pines by Hasegawa Tohaku
3. My favourite place to buy things to draw with is a £ shop
1. I grew up near the sea and I’ve realised recently how it shaped my relation to space and to my work. A sense of immersion was important at so many levels
2. Drawing was an escape from a world I couldn’t connect to, to become a contact with the world I was in tune with
3. Most of the contemporary artists I look up to came really late in my life; I was busy trying to understand my own studio practice. It can be bad sometimes, but it’s also good to focus on what’s in front of you and not be looking over other people’s shoulders
1. A great deal of my own personal design goes into my artwork. I develop and modify my paintbrushes to produce particular special effects and I often paint my own furniture designs into my paintings. If I particularly like these designs I build them, it’s a sort of hobby of mine
2. I didn’t go to an Art Museum until I was nineteen years old, but this never stopped me from drawing, something which I have been doing since I was a very young boy. In fact, a History teacher once told me, “if I was marking your drawings I would give you an A, but since this is a history class and you are constantly drawing I will have to give you a D”
3. I don’t really have a favourite artwork, I find myself constantly inspired by different pieces. However, I am particularly drawn to art where the psychological relationship between the viewer, painted figure and the artist is emphatic in its representation