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FOR CREATIVE PERFORMERS
ith great pleasure, we welcome you to another issue of Artflow Magazine where we connect you with creative individuals around the world. We hope our past issues met your expectations as we always look forward to exceeding your expectations in our next editions. Andreas, born and raised in Cyprus developed an early love for drawing which led to his start of Alt Type Foundry where he sells decorative fonts. Caroline is a "Heartist"who purges her heart into her paintings to express herself in depth after having watched her mother use the 'magic boxto freeze slices of life and beauty of nature. Meet Elf, while working as a museum security officer, he maximized the opportunity to digest the techniques and materials of Abstract Expressionist Painters. Pawel shapes his imagination to occupy space by mixing chaos and some good amount of creative energy which forms a major part of His work. His passion for music was nurtured in the church with an ample opportunity to blossom as a member of the children's choir. Tolu a singer, songwriter and producer made a statement at the MTN Project FameWest Africa musical competition getting as far as the final six making that His most recent achievement. Whether you want to give us some feedback or have an idea you want to share with us, we'd love to hear from you! Your ideas and suggestions stimulate our thinking and help us to improve our publication. We want YOURinput! Tell us what you love, tell us what you hate ...just don't keep it to yourself! Please send email to:email@example.com. Like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter @ArtflowMagazine.
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Born and raised in Cyprus developed an early love for drawing which led to his start of Alt Type Foundry where he sells decorative fonts.
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A "Heartist" who purges her heart into her paintings to express herself in depth after having watched her mother use the 'magic box' to freeze slices of life and beauty of nature.
While working as a museum security officer, he maximized the opportunity to digest the techntques and materia7s of Abstract Expressionist Painters.
Shapes his imagination to occupy space by mixing chaos and some good amount of creative energy which tottns a major part of His work.
His jJassion for music was nurtured in the church with an ample opportunity to blossom as a member of the children's choir. Tolu a singer, songwriter and producer made a statement at the MTN Project Fame West Africa musical competition getting as far as the final six making that His most recent achievement.
Nice meeting you Caroline, how did you decide to pursue a career in photography? Young, I saw my mother take a lot of photographs in Madagascar, and some people thought she was a reporter, when we used to go to their festivals and that nurtured in me a desire to use this "magic box", to freeze slices of life, and the beauty of nature when I was young. My mother loved drawing portraits, and had always wanted to do Fine Arts when young, but in her time, it was not conceivable to do that, and seeing my love for Art, she encouraged me to go to the Beaux Arts in France, which I did for a while, and then moved to UK to pursue another career. I found myself, studying Medical and Scientific Photography, got a Diploma there, and went back to France after a while. I was and still am fascinated by Photography, and its possibilities. But I am not only a Photographer, but an Abstract Expressionist Painter. You studied photography In London and Art in France; do you think formal education has helped you In defining your art as a photographer? This formal education has made me realize that one can be a photographer AND a painter, and I believe that it is in my casea complementarity. What I do in photography is very different and abstract expressionist painting allows me to get out of boundaries and rules, and express what needs to get out in another manner from my GUTS. Photography is an ARTaswell as painting, although it has not always been seen as such. Art is for everyone, not only the ELITE!Art is everywhere, we just need to open one's eyes and see it. What inspires your creativity? What I hear, see, feel, sense...news, people I meet, world's social problems. In photography, after having been a medical photographer and having seen "horrors" in hospitals, the pursuing of beauty is important for me. "Chasing the Light", doing nauticals or stililifes is a must. You enjoy making photographs of stili life and work a lot with mirrors and glasses, how would you describe your experience? When I set up a "still life" with a mirror it is a challenge, because for me the mirror represents aswell, the reflection on one's life. The colours, the shapes,the props, glassesfor example, are symbols and are not put there by chance. Light is very important and convey certain emotions at the time. The mirror is : looking aswell at the "other side" of life, the one nobody can see,the one that you keep for yourself most of the time!
Why? May be because people could not "receive it, not the 'riqht time" to share ...When one does a piece of Heart IArt, you project a lot of your life, thoughts, desires, feelings, emotions, dreams. Sometimes, one is judged wrongly and needs to reaffirm certain truth about oneself. Creation is like a gestation", a 'pregnancy", that I go through. As a foetus takes 9 months to grow inside the womb, a "creation", nurtures in you slowly and when you feel it is "ready", you give birth to it. Then it becomes an "offering". It can be accepted or not by the "receiver".
How would you describe the perception about Art generally in the Europe? Do you think your location affects your style of Art? Art in Europe has a new connotation now with the "crisis'. Other countries have become more important. My location influences some ofthe subject that I choose! Nauticals of course.
Any of your works you want to talk about? The Cortazar' Breakfast Series and Homage to Virginia Woolf are very important works for me. What is the best advice you have ever received? The best advice I ever received is: "Strive for you r best, the first thousand times do not count" ... and 'Less is More". How will you encourage someone thinking of going into photography? Talking to someone about joining the 'Photoqraphlc trip" I would stress, that technique is important, that experimentation is a must, and that his heart has to be the motor! How has the Media assisted in showcasing for your works? Articles in the local press, interviews, are very important. The words of the artist cannot be changed without affecting the public's response. There need to be a 'respect" of what the artist has said.
Idomy ART IHEARTfrom my heart and guts! If it is not received well in the present day "standards", I still value it. I do not have to please everybody! That is my privilege. Taking into consideration your subject of photography, how do you work around these things to make a good art? "Good art" is a mixture oftechniques, subjects and what you put into it, energy, feelings, guts .... Good Art can be different for one person to the next. Please share your commercial experiences with us, how was it working in partnership with out painters and artists? Working in 'partnership" with other artists is a challenge, as one need to "strive for the best"!
What was the inspiration behind the Travelling Mercies collection? The inspiration behind the "Travelling Mercies" series of "old greements" or ships is the historical background here in this part of Brittany. St Malo has always been a place of exchanges, between countries, a place of departure toward new countries ...A place where pirates were "important figures" of local life. Poets like Chateaubriand the romantic, were famous and influenced a lot of life here. June 2012
Ifyou are not making art in the studio, what else would you be doing? What do you do in the spare time? When I do not create art in the studio, I take the camera outside, and chase for subjects of interests. I also do fractals, poetry writing, and try to discover new softwares to play with.
PAINTING ALLOWS ME TO GET OUT OF BOUNDARIES AND RULES, AND EXPRESSWHAT NEEDS TO GET OUT IN ANOTHER MANNER FROM
Anything else you want to share? Some of my writings about women' abuses have been published in an American magazine online: The Pink Panther Magazine. I have worked with battered women and children, in refugee camps in Hong Kong, with the terminally ill patients ...and people who are down-trodden, and "left-overs" from society. Compassion is important for an "Heartist lito wear.
Caroline( Caux)-Evans http://chasingthelightga lie ry.com http://elfevans.zenfolio.com
School, I enrolled in the Navy and spent 3 years onboard an Aircraft Carrier. Upon returning from the service I found work with the count}': of LA, and wound up working at the Art Museum where my initial exposure to Fine Art took form. Until this time my interests were strictly along the line of wanting to be a writer. This was changed the minute I came face to face with artists of "New York School" being exhibited in the museum's major galleries. Something about the way the Abstract Expressionist Painter's defled conventional methods of approaching their subjects, and complete disregard for opinions expressed by outsiders about their intentions, intrigued me to say the least. Looking at their finished results, up close and personal, as a museum security officer afforded me ample opportunity to digest techniques, materials, and utter chaos that some seemed to convey. Pollock, Kline, Hoffman, De Kooning, Baziotes and more offered me the same excitement as did Jazz Music played by Miles, Ellington, Basie,Armstrong and the rest of the popular bands around in the fate 50's and 60's. I particularly felt it was more about what was inside the artist that needed to come out, than what an observer on the outside wanted to deduce from what they saw. This caused me to start painting before attending Hollywood Art Centre School. My intention was to get some knowledge ana then live the life style as an artist. That was some 50 years ago!
parents moved from there, to Los Angeles and I qraduated from Dorsey High
My youth was spent on Chicago's south side until the age of 15 when my
How was your background growing up? The pool rooms on the south side were my places of instruction. Hanging out with older fellows and chasing the nightlife was a thrill in my youth. Chicago didn't have much for one to look out for in the 50's, just more of the same things that one's family members had already encountered.
What was your ambition, while
growing up as a Child? I really wanted to become a Writer, Musician and possibly an Architect however; my wants and my needs didn't match up. Instead being married shortly before leaving the Navy put reality on the front burner.
00 you think formal art education is needed to be successful as an artist? For some it is necessary, however, there are so many additional ways to acquire knowledge these days, that were not available 5, 10, 15 years ago that one can utilize to achieve success. More education usually means, 'The person getting it is TRAINABLE- someone else's in system. How has your formal education contributed to your development? What I learnt in Art School for painting I now use mostly in my career as a Fine Art Photographer. Certain things translate from activity to activity. Good composition is GOOD COMPOSITION.For me it's all about line, colour, design, composition shadow, shade, and other ingredients to tell a story. How did you develop interest in it? A key feature of your work is not to overcrowd his images with too many features, thus allowing the viewer to use their mind, eyes, and intellect to guide them around this spacial composition.
SOMETIME IT HAPPENS IN THE AIR_WHILE BEING THR.OWN, DR.IPPED, SPLASHED FR.OM THE CAN OR. TUBE. SOMETIMES IT HAPPENS AS IT IS THE LAST DR.OP IN THE BUCKET.
You moved to France in 2008, how has your location affected your art? Have you got different things around you to motivate you? I still feel challenged to do my best work(s) in the time(s) to come. In California I lived in Venice near Marina Del Rey, and here in Bretagne the sea is a mainstay of the vibe here, with so many nautical connections from the past. How is the marketing side to your art? How do you make sales? Taping into the psychology of French mind is indeed a challenge, as my painting and photography styles are quite suited to more abstract communities. There is modern art here; it is just difficult to cultivate it during these times. People need bread more than Picasso on their walls. How has the reception been at your exhibitions? Reception is warm and beginning to increase. It is my hope that my wife Caroline Caux-Evans "'Karo"and Iwill have a smashing exhibit next month in Saint-lunaire France.
KEYFEATUREOF YOUR WORK [S NOT TO OVEltCltOWD HIS IMAGES WITH TOO MANY FEATURIS, THUS ALLOWING THE VIEWEIt TO USE THEllt MIND, EYES,AND INTELLECT TO GUIDE THEM AItOUND THIS SPACIAL COMPOSIllON~
Sometime it happens in the air while being thrown, dripped, splashed from the can or tube. Sometimes it happens as it is the last drop in the bucket. Sometimes it has to do with which one you use first or together. The expression is what happens not the intellectual ahah moment of "He did this THISWAY"rather, it is as it is! June 2012
Is there anything we should be keeping an eye on for the future? The next exhibition in St. Lunaire is during a time when tourists will be arriving and we anticipate many opportunities to share our work(s) with them. Many will come from the UKas well as other nearby countries. Do you have any hobbies? What do you do in your spare time? I have been a Chess player for quite some time; I play Bongo Drums. I love Jazz and good music. Anything else you want to share? Do it because you love it, not because you want to make MONEY.
Tell us more about your paintings, what are the inspirations behind them, what is your style? My paintings are again, like composing music with every colour having and expressed value. They don't necessarily know where they will land before I put them there, but they connect after they arrive together.
Elf Evans elfeva firstname.lastname@example.org http://elfevans.zenfo Iio.co m/
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Can we meet you? Of course you can meet me. Iam very often in my offi~e in Gdansk, Just drop us an e mall to make sure we have a good weather. How wo~ld yo~ describe your work? Mywork IS a mix ?f ch~os and some good energy. Ithink with a lot of projects which we run in MOTYW studio these two factors are most important. It is impossible to keep perfect order in the projects; art must be sometimes accidental though. These bring us new ideas and keep the "aggression" in our works. Did you think you would be doing this when you were growing up? Never! I did not have any computer till second year of my college so obviously I did not think about CGIat alI.I was more into sports and math than any computer related themes. What I did though was a lot of traditional technique drawings and paintings. Oil and ink were my favourite ones.
COMPETITIONS ARE ALWAYS A CHALLENGE AND EVEIt Y TIME I CAN LEAItN A LOT, THAT IS WHY THIS TYPE OF WOItK IS SO INSPIRJNG~
What got you into Architectural designs and how long have you been doing it? Iwas inspired by great architects and their creations. Ithought it is amazing to be able to give shape to space you have just in your imagination. This gives you a great control and also great responsibility for the environment quality which will directly influence people. Even though sometimes the viewer will not know why a place feels really good it is our job to make it that way.
How was it like studying Architecture at Gdansk University of Technology? What were your experiences? This was a great time; Ihave learnt a lot and made friends for life. Imade hundreds of sketches before every project and spent days and nights searching for ideas. Gdansk is a great place to study architecture, beautiful environment, inspiring talented people what more can you ask for. I went also for one year to Bauhaus Universitaet in Weimar, Germany. This time gave me fresh ideas on how to work with real models and analyze projects in a bit different way. That was also the time when I started to work hard with 3dsmax. What are the inspirations behind the UNDERWATER OTEl design? H I am not so sure what the main one was. We started to think about the technology first, about the systems that make the structure safe and also economically efficient. In fact all elements that we have right now in this project are a result coming straight from the program. .
We have modules satellites which can customize the usable area to meet our client's needs, we have pools which in parts are devoted for recreation and most of it keeps the hotel unit thanks to water weight on place under the surface and so on. I think that is why it works so well even while designing the technical installations. I am very happy the jury found our work good and awarded us on first place, great emotions! Housing project and competition has been executed for ARCHDECOstudio. The competition took place in Gdynia, Poland. My task was to work on the main design which has been already given and find facade structure solution for skyscraper buildings. We were struggling with couples of ideas here. In the end the renderings gave us a positive kick, we got lucky and we have won this competition too. It was a really exciting and intensive time. Purpose is very important in life, it makes us keep on going, keeps the aggression in our works and remain as a fresh breeze in our minds.
Competitions are always a challenge and every time I can learn a lot, that is why this type of work is so inspiring. We have won a competition for Nanotechnology department for the Technical University in Gdansk. I had the pleasure to be one of the designers with studio FORTteam. We have also managed the CGIat motyw so it was quite interesting story.
Sure, I think everyone has such works. There are many factors that make the design or the CGIworkflow really hard. Sometimes even with our best intensions the project may not be as good as we could expect. I think most important is to try to learn why and what was the key problem that made the work to end this way. It is a valuable experience and I think about it as a lesson not a failure as long as we have done all we could to make it right.
Of course not! I have a lot of dreams and I think I am somewhere in the beginning right now. Still I know I have to learn so much and I have plenty of positions on my "must do" list.
If I would not work this way then very possible I would be a professional skater.
Any job you are working on that you want us to know about1 We now have couple of projects running which is of course great because you can not get bored. I can not go into details but I can reveal we are starting to cooperate with automotive industry. What should we be expecting from you in years to come 1 Next year, we will finish the Underwater Hotel first unit and this is the priority at the moment. Also for Motyw I am planning to develop the animation department and work more with motion graphics. We will take part in competitions for sure looking for more challenges and I hope we can surprise you with new CGI works as well. Best job you have done. Very hard question. I really can not decide. Every time I am trying to give my best. If you would ask which is most popular, most viewed or most published then the answer is much easier. Best job -I think it is a situation when we as the team and our client are satisfied together from the result. MAC or PC? I am working on PCin the studio because we got used to the software and we have some habits that may be hard to translate into MAC OS. However I do love apple products and I find them extremely well designed and stable working.
Pawel Podwojewski email@example.com http://www.motyw.org/
and then surprisingly I wasn't even in the final four?? hmmm ... but that was two years ago it's all water under the bridge now I've moved on. Is it true you were not given any prize from Project Fame? How has that affected your morale? Yes its true there were no prizes for 5th and 6th positions (I was surprisingly 5th) but we didn't leave empty handed "some cash" was remitted as "thanks for coming ... "it crushed me when I didn't win a prize because I was so sure I was walking away with something tangible ...... (talk about dashed hopes) but it hurt for only that period. But I'm well over it now. Sowhat have you been doing after Project Fame? Weill started by searching for recording deals with big labels in Lagos ... it was then I realized that sometimes talent is not enough ... turned down by every label I pitched my idea to (won't mention names) I decided to record my first single Arewa ... so I met my friend Timothy King who is a great producer and totally understands my thought pattern and music style and we created Arewa and I'm pleased to say that a lot of people are calling it probably the best rhythm and blues from Nigeria. Eventually I recorded a song with ace producer Masterkraft a pop/ club banger ... and got great reviews on versatility with that ... we decided it was time to drop the Arewa video even though we had limited funding; we accomplished a simple love story flick that anyone can relate to ... asides that I have been putting my production skills to work ... made songs for Kel, Skales, and some other upcoming acts... Let us talk more about AREWA,what have been the responses to the video? I was a bit nervous before the release date but my nerves disappeared when I got love back on Twitter, Facebook and 88M; people loved it so much that on the first night on YouTube about a thousand people viewed it presently it's on Sound City and on TV .
HAD TO MYSELF STAItT TO PAY OFF ... I PItACTISED SPEECH, PItONUNCIATIONS, GESTICULATIONS; STAGE PItESENCE ETC ... FItOM EVERYTHING I WATCHED AND HEAItD ... YEAH I WAS PRETTY MUCH YOUR TYPICAL MUSIC NE
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How would you summarise your experience in the Nigerian Music industry so far? Wow! Challenging because like I mentioned earlier in this industry talent is not enough. Money plays a lot of roles. People naturally help people they know personally and being an outsider makes it sometimes a bit more challenging but I have learnt you don't get big by complaining ... persistence and focus will always payout in the end ... so I am going to stay motivated. Where do you want to be in the music industry in the next five years? I know I got international potential so I see myself rising to that level and doing collaborations with A list international and local stars•..
practically making crossover music that both African and international audiences can relate to and love and becoming a force to be reckon with in the industry in general What is the best advice you have ever received? No one will do shit for you if u aint done shit for yourself .... pardon the French ... How has the Media assisted in showcasing for your works? Well. .. so far it's been minimal judging from the little I can do financially .... but I always pray that my little will bring massive results and someone who can spot real talent will see my effort and invest .... so for now I can say the media is doing a good job.
If you are not in the studio, what else would you be doing? What do you do in the spare time? awwww Ilove movies and hanging out with cool people. I love to shop (though I'm not a shopaholic). Ilove video games and clubbing. Anything else you want to share? Well music and I go together so I can't imagine not doing music. I won't give up my dreams and I'll keep giving you all what you need.
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