Who or what is the biggest inspiration for your art?
There is no rule – I find myself inspired by different things in different periods of time. Sometimes the right image simply appears in my mind, at other times, it’s something I notice in the world around me. Another type of inspiration I experience is being inspired by my own progress on a painting, and I find that it heavily influences my next brush strokes.
Please tell us more about your working process and the way you approach new artworks
I work really hard to avoid getting distracted and losing my focus, as inspiration can be disturbed when you have too many ideas. Approaching my paintings instinctively has always yielded the best results, but it’s also challenging for a person like me – with a tendency to overthink. Therefore, when working on a painting, I try not to focus on myself, only on the artwork at hand.
What motivates you the most in your artistic journey?
Finishing a painting is a very exciting moment for me, and in that moment I always ask myself: what will be next? This curiosity pushes me forward and is another part of my motivation to keep going.
Who or what has recently impressed you?
I’ve recently come across some works by the American artist Richard Aldrich. His portfolio is extremely diverse, including exploration into writing and music, but it’s his paintings that really grabbed my attention. Looking at the reproductions, they almost seem like small sketches due to their large, white backgrounds and raw execution, when in reality they’re painted on 84 × 58 inch canvas. These abstract, seemingly unfinished artworks fascinated me with their simplicity and unpretentiousness, and I’d love to see them in the flesh one day.
Which artist, dead or alive, would you want to have a beer with?
The first abstract painter who truly fascinated me was the Polish artist Stefan Gierowski – it would be criminal to choose anyone else.
How do you spend your free time besides artistic work?
Sports, music, travel and simply talking to people, with the last one becoming increasingly important lately.
Do you have any dream projects in mind that you would like to do in the future?
Lately I’ve been thinking about creating a “array” of artworks. Not a “traditional” series with a single overarching theme, but rather a sequence in which each work is a direct result of the previous one, in one way or another, while also being a complete piece on its own.
Your portfolio is extremely diverse in terms of media, techniques and moods. What is the reason for your “artistic ADHD”?
My art has always involved a lot of exploration. Early in my career my main focus was photography, which led to pursuing a degree in this discipline and becoming a photography instructor for many years. Physical contact with the tools and media had always fascinated me, though, and eventually I had to try my hand at more manual work like drawing and painting. These disciplines are so much different from photography, and not quite alike each other, but I find it quite exciting to be able to work and find new possibilities in these diverse environments
You have created many more small artworks, mostly drawings, in 2018. What can you say about this new direction?
In 2018 I indeed created many small format works, mainly drawings and paintings on panel. I definitely appreciated the ease of quickly putting some of my ideas out there, which would’ve been far more difficult with larger paintings you can usually find in my portfolio. I even created some collages – something I had never tried before. I suppose I spent most of this year on exploration rather than carrying out complex, fleshed out projects. Will this become a trend for me, I don’t know.
Have you ever tried expressing yourself in non-visual media such as music or writing?
I have not, although music and words are both important to me. In my view, they often have an advantage of directness which isn’t always the case with visual arts. Music in particular has the ability to move people in an instinctive, often spiritual way, whereas viewers of abstract art often struggle to find an explanation for what they are seeing. I want my paintings to be somewhat similar to music – emotive and self-explanatory. Therefore, even though visual arts are the only kind of art I have ever created, music and literature remain a source of inspiration.