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How They See #2: David Sprenger about his dreams, objective reality and painting process

David Sprenger is originally from Liechtenstein, a small country in the central European alps, howeve

How They See

July 11 · Issue #2 · View online
How They See will help you to meet artists from all over the globe and understand their perception of art. Published weekly on Saturday.

David Sprenger is originally from Liechtenstein, a small country in the central European alps, however, he lives and works in Bogota, Colombia most of the time. I have met him via @Hardedger Instagram profile a while ago and was struck by his art. Dreamy, outlandish scenes painted with a vivid colour palette has grabbed my attention almost immediately. I appreciate that he instantly agreed for an interview and was very supportive.
You can find David Sprenger art on his Instagram and website.

David Sprenger. Nr. 29: Micro gallery in the macro gallery; 06/2020
David Sprenger. Nr. 29: Micro gallery in the macro gallery; 06/2020
What is your art story? I mean, how you ended up in a place where you are, starting from scratch?
I was always interested in art, particularly in painting. One day I just tried it by myself and knew this is where I belong, back in 2015. To me, painting is a meditative process and a way to express inner worlds onto a canvas.
How does your creative process look like?
Most of the time, an interesting idea manifests itself spontaneously, for example during a walk in the park or by the time I wake up in the morning. When I like the idea, then I’ll start to make a sketch or model, which I draw on the canvas later on. After that, acrylics, brushes and masking tape are my tools of choice.
What is the most challenging part of it?
To avoid and repair errors that may happen during the process. Also, sometimes, to stay motivated and disciplined when a piece is really complicated or challenging.
Getting back to your process and ideas. What is the last thing then, that got you inspired?
I often receive inspiration from my dreams at night. Dreams are a vivid, often bizarre world of their own, that allows you to view things from a completely different perspective. Dreams are life and life is a dream.
Indeed your paintings are full of vivid colours and look like a picture taken during a dream. Is it easier as an artist to distort reality than to portray it as it is?
Well, what is objective reality? Does it even exist? It always depends on the point of view I think. To your question: Every artist has his own preferences, but personally I like to explore new realms and sceneries.
When do you know that your painting is finished?
I almost never feel that a painting is finished, but because I don’t want to spend an abnormal amount of time with a single piece, I often agree to a compromise with myself.
From your perspective - theory vs practice, what is more important?
Personally, I tend to give practice more relevance. Trial and error is excellent, albeit strict teacher, that forces you to rethink old patterns and helps to avoid or solve certain problems during the process of making art.
Every creative person at some point is meeting with burnout and procrastination. What is your experience and tips to battle them?
I have not considered this possibility. As a part-time painter, painting is still a kind of hobby and a way to relax. I hope to become a full-time painter by the end of 2020 or during 2021 and perhaps I will have to think about the danger of burnouts in the future.
Is there any advice you would give to any self-taught artist?
Just be constant and keep on producing new pieces regularly. Also, experimenting with styles is good, but I think possible buyers want to see a certain recognizable style from you, that allows them to link the pieces to you as an artist.
What is your favourite colour?
I like blue in all its variations. It has always been a favourite because I find it calming, cooling, focussing, mysterious, serene and deep. Green, as the ambassador of the plant kingdom, is also very fascinating to me.
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