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How They See - Issue #18: David Stein on his creative process and showing art online

David Stein is a British artist, whose art is influenced by constructivism and minimalism. By connect

How They See

October 31 · Issue #18 · 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 Stein is a British artist, whose art is influenced by constructivism and minimalism. By connecting abovementioned movements he is exploring the relation between colours, shapes and space. The paintings are precise, sharp, full of vibrant hues and rich compositions. 
Through his art, David is conveying a deeper message about society, capturing moods and emotions. Or sometimes only paying a homage to perform arts and theatrical types.
You can find more about David Stein on his website or Instragram.

You are the first artist I am talking to, who lists Constructivism as his source of influence. Why this trend in art history is interesting to you?
This trend emerged in Russia in 1915 to reflect the modern industrial age. The art almost perfectly conveys the feeling of the time – and is instantly recognisable over 100 years later.
Recently, you have taken part in a virtual gallery called “The V-Art Show”. How this experience was different than the “traditional” exhibition in a real gallery?
It was obviously very different from a physical show where you meet collectors face to face and show your actual paintings. But on the plus side, it was not constrained by distance, so could attract visitors from a far greater distance.
David Stein, La Geometría de la Luz, acrylic on canvas
David Stein, La Geometría de la Luz, acrylic on canvas
Your paintings were exhibited in a museum in St. Albans. I had a chance to visit the city and neighbouring Hatfield back in 2016 and 2017. I have enjoyed it, there is a really impressive old church, beautiful streets. However, I didn’t know that there is also a museum. 
St Albans is a beautiful historic cathedral city in South West Hertfordshire. Unfortunately, the 2020 University of Hertfordshire Art Show was a casualty of Coronavirus and so took place online. The museum is in the town hall building in the city centre. It is spread over three floors and well worth a visit!
I have read on your Facebook page, that you do digital sketches, which later turns out into traditional paintings. Which technique, digital or traditional, do you like the most and why?
They are very different but both important for my practice. The digital part is where I do the imaginative and creative work to produce designs and images. The thrill of turning these into large scale physical paintings is difficult to describe – seeing them come to life on canvas and knowing that they will be displayed and appreciated – hopefully for many years to come.
Can you tell a little about how your creative process look like?
Like many artists, the creative work starts with doodling, sketching and playing with ideas – either on paper or on computer. The ideas get developed into many variants – sometimes 30 or 40 of each concept with different geometries and colour palettes. I show them to family mostly and listen to comments – whether positive or negative. Then just a small number will end up painted onto canvas. I have a vast library of unpainted images.
David Stein, A Quick Peek, acrylic on canvas
David Stein, A Quick Peek, acrylic on canvas
Which one of your painting do you like the most and why?
It’s difficult to say but I guess I have a couple of favourites. ‘La Geometría de la Luz’ and ‘A Quick Peek’ are probably two favourites. And the recent ‘Isolation’ series produced during lockdown has a special meaning to me.
As you are a full-time artist, how do you battle creative block or time when you do not feel like painting at all?
Yes, this happens like in any job. It takes mental strength and strong coffee!
Have you ever consider quitting your journey with art?
There are times in life when art gets put on the back burner. But for an artist, it is part of you and always something that you will come back to. Therefore you can never quit.
You have established a charity called ARTAID, how did you come up with its idea?
ARTAID is really a project for the future to turn the global appeal of art into a force for good in the world. I hope to focus more on this in the future.
David Stein, Secrets and Lies, acrylic on canvas
David Stein, Secrets and Lies, acrylic on canvas
Can you give some advice to any self-taught artist?
My advice would be to follow your passion and not to get too caught up with others’ feedback or opinions. Explore styles and what is important to you and above all, enjoy your art!
What is your favourite colour?
Every colour has its own unique beauty!
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