As part of Traditional Art History Month I will be interviewing some of the Traditional Art Community, including your lovely TradART Community Volunteers
Today it's the adorable ^pica-ae, your Community Volunteer for Text & Typography
Hi ^pica-ae, tell us a little about yourself and your style of Art.
- Hi! I am a web designer form Hamburg, Germany. In my spare time I have always enjoyed doing any kind of art. When I was smaller I started with Watercolors and moved on to Oil, before I went to design school and focused mostly on digital art.
My style… I am not sure I found it yet. Well, I am always looking for it, tho! I see finding one's style as a constant struggle. In my works you can find lots of bright colors, very often things are kept simple, minimal maybe in content or simple in composition. Mostly I try to keep away from clutter and love to have everything under control.
What is it that attracts you to Traditional Art?
- Traditional Art is kind of raw, you can't CTRL+Z and that can be both stressful, but also joyful At the moment, I can truly relax working with Watercolors and actually improve and take advantage from my digital "knowledge".
How much do you think that the roots and origins of Art affect what we create today?
- Mmh, I think that those roots are still in every artist. It is raw emotion and pure creation. Those origins bring together such a huge variety of art, that it is mostly amazing how it all comes from the same point in time
What do you think is the most iconic painting of all time?
- I love going to Museums and stare at paintings In New York I went to the MoMA and couldn't take my eyes of Picasso's Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.
I have to say that I am not a fan of Picasso or consider his work as beautiful (esp. the Cubism phase), but that painting stroke me! There is so much creativity, braveness and roughness to it, that I can totally understand the impact it left in the Artworld.
Are you a member of any dA Traditional Art Groups? If so, which?
- Yes, I am #WatercolorLovers #Watercolor-artists and #EliteWatercolors
Did you study Art at School / College / Uni? Or in your own time?
- When I was 9 I went to a small art school and stayed there for 10 years, until I went to Design School. There I was focusing mainly on Communication Design.
Which is your favourite Traditional Art piece on dA?
- Birch trees in the fog by ~modliszqa
This may be a simple landscape for others, but I just can't stop to smile when I look at it
It is my favourite medium, watercolors, and one of my favourite tress, birch. There is detail in the work, as well as vague shapes and distant elements. The colors convey a great feeling of autumn, and give it a natural, yet artistic appearance. It just feels light and mystical
trees in the fog</a> by ~modliszqa
Who are your favourite Traditional Artists of all time?
- I love Alfons Mucha His posters and illustrations are amazing and his art, too. The whole Art Noveau movement is amazing and inspiring.
Another artists I greatly admire is Albrecht Dürer. His oil and watercolor works are some of the most beautiful I have seen
Which Artist(s) have inspired your Art?
- As mentioned in the last question, I like to gather inspiration from Art Noveau artists like Mucha or Toulouse-Lautrec. On the other hand I love Bauhaus and what they did as well. These two may not go together too well, but I like to gain inspiration from many things
There is also Pop Art, which really is something… it's no always beautiful But it sure inspires me a lot, especially since I love colors and to-the-point works. And irony of course
Thank you ^pica-ae!
Check out the %ArtHistoryProject for more about Traditional Art this month and be ready for the other galleries over the next year!