Art is part of my life and not all my life, something that like in all professions one constantly has to juggle with. There is a fine line balancing ones profesional and personal life and as an artist your mind is constantly jumping like from one side of the fence to the other. In any case there is no question that one aspect of ones life influences the other.
My paintings define the interiors I live in and would say they set the mood. The experience I have contemplating them is rewarding but in a totally different way to when I am creating them. I contemplate them as an spectator rather than the creator. As I mature with my paintings, my knowledge expands and as I once read “art educates our vision” so do I become more educated. I love the phrase “don´t be embarrassed of loving the atmosphere you create” with time of course this tends to happen.
These interiors I am creating are at the same time connected to my surroundings. Is there also the “sense of place”? This is actually a concept I picked up recently and immediately identified with it. I actually read it in my last visit to the Picasso Museum in Malaga where I visited the temporary exhibition “Bacon Feud and the School of London” referring to how artists turn their gaze to their surroundings. I wanted to get this feeling to come across in this video presentation, I wanted to show my surroundings as one of the ingredientes of my artwork.
I also make reference to another phrase “for me art is giving shape to my colours rather than giving colour to my shapes”. This phrase I actually picked up from texts I had read from the Matisse Collection in the Berggruen Museum in Berlin and connected to it immediately. Its my colours that I give more credit to than my shapes.
In this day in age of social media one does question how far should one expose oneself. However there is a book that always helps me along the way. Its called Show Your Work by Austin Kleon. There is a section that quotes the following: “What you want is to follow and be followed by human beings who care about issues you care about”. This thing we make together. This thing is about hearts and minds, not eyeballs.” You want hearts, not eyeballs!
I hope that with this video the spectator of my paintings will view it with their hearts and mind not just with their eyes.
This brings me to my last question. How does one view a painting? With ones eyes, ones heart, ones mind or ones GUT? This I learnt reading about Francis Bacons triptych “Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion”. The text read: Whilst contemplating this artwork, form goes from the eye to the stomach without passing through the brain.