Q: What does art mean to you?
A: I make art because I enjoy the process with its ups and downs, the anguish, the ecstasy, the exhaustion, the thrill – all of that. Most of all I do it because of the great feeling of being ‘in the zone’ – that inspired agitation which artists often talk about.
Q: What is your art about?
A: I usually start with an idea – something that I feel very strongly about. I am in my fifties – the time when one tries to put the pieces of the puzzle together and make sense of the big picture – the human condition, the continuum of life, our place in the universe. Most of the time however, the work takes its own momentum and takes me to unexpected places. It is always a journey of discovery.
Q: How do you choose your medium?
I started off as a painter and painting remains my preferred medium. I increasingly enjoy sculpture and 3D work though. Three dimensional pieces can be sparked by playing with certain material which suddenly suggest and idea, or by a found object. It is a completely different and exciting mind exercise.
Q: How do you know if a painting is finished?
A: I am never 100% sure about that. I might stop working on a piece at a moment when I feel that there is nothing more to do on this piece, then after some time revisit it. I don’t want to envisage the end result of my work any more. I used to care, and discovered that it only limits my creative freedom. All I can say is that the outcome of my artistic endeavors is a direct expression of my intellectual pursuits and my emotions.
A: Caravaggio, Egon Schiele, Lucien Freud
Q: What do you want to achieve as an artist?
Oscar Wilde once said: “What art seeks is to disturb is monotony of type, slavery of custom, tyranny of habit, and the reduction of man to the level of a machine.” If a single piece of mine can achieve this, I will have fulfilled my highest purpose.