Do you have a painting done by old masters that had a huge impact on you and your art? Can you elaborate on why?
One of the best examples in my take on ‘Peace & War’ by Rubens. There’s something very special about his compositions & colours - a perfect balance. My version of this particular work I think leant itself to portraying a sense of movement and bringing in some abstract qualities.
I would refer to old masters and realism once again. Most of the paintings I have seen from their era are very vivid, you can feel someone who is on the portrait. You are combining this approach with slightly distorted the reality, some of your works at first glance looks purely abstract.
On the subject of realism/abstraction – I like for the original subject, be it a scene or a portrait, to have a lot of the original composition & colours, but by adding a degree of abstraction I like to portray a sense of movement to what are quite often pretty static works in their original form. It’s kind of my ‘modern twist’ on the classics.
In your art, classic is meeting the abstract expressionism. What do you find the most interesting in the latter?
Abstract Expressionism for me brings out the full emotional response to the subject and hopefully, viewers can connect with that sense of energy.
How does your creative process look like and what is the most challenging part of it?
I work mainly on canvases and the first thing I do is get rid of the white, then I start sketching in the image with a brush and then proceed to build up layers of paint & textures. I work fast and I am quite impatient, hence I have a hairdryer to hand at all times to speed it up (even though I work with acrylic which dries quickly)! Whilst work is underway, I quite often pause for a bit and play scrabble on my phone – it helps clear my head and then go back to the work with a fresh mind. I also quite often use charcoal & towards the end-use, gestural pastel marks.