Archive for April, 2010

Interview with Reginald Laurent – Artist in the USA

Reginald Laurent - Artist in the USAReginald Laurent is a self-taught artist based in Atlanta, GA, USA. His unique, signature style, award winning abstracts are large, eye-catching, colourful, and highly detailed works which reveal something different every time you look at them. He calls it his “artistic DNA”. He has journeyed through his art career fighting against developing a signature style, only to realise this gift and find his focus after winning a prize in a juried exhibition. His art speaks a universal language, radiates happiness, and appeals to people of all races, ages and ethnicities.

You can connect with Reggie on facebook or you can see his profile on yessy to find out more about him and to purchase his art.

View Reginald Laurent’s portfolio. You can also view his artwork after the interview below.

ExtraImaginary: We have Reginald Laurent here with us today. Reggie, please give us a little background about yourself and your art.

Reginald Laurent: I’m what you call a late blooming artist. I didn’t actually start painting until I was about 25 years old and I moved to Georgia from Chicago. And what caught me first about Georgia, was a beautiful beautiful fall. The colours on the trees and things like that. So when I first decided I wanted to paint, my first attempts were landscapes. And I did landscapes for probably the first two years or so and with some success. I mean, I was just doing it as a hobby and I enjoyed it. After about 2 years I found my abstract side and I started doing abstracts. And I haven’t looked back since. So for me, painting started out as something of a hobby and more or less blossomed into a career I hadn’t anticipated which makes me enjoy it even more.

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Interview with Evi Apostolou – Artist from Patras, Greece

Evi ApostolouEvi Apostolou is an artist from Greece. Her recent art is about the consequences of technology, biotechnology and biosciences in our everyday reality. Evi has studied both theology and art and is currently a theology teacher.

You can connect with Evi on Facebook or you can visit her website to find out more about her and to purchase her art.

View Evi Apostolou’s art portfolio. You can also view her artwork after the interview below.

Extraimaginary: We have Evi Apostolou here with us today. Evi, please tell us a little bit about yourself and your art.

Evi Apostolou: Well, I have studied theology in the University of Athens. This is about religions. Then I studied art in Athens School of Fine Arts. My interest in art came very early when I was a child. I have been always painting all my life and I love every kind of art and especially visual art.

My recent artwork ‘Boundaries at the age of surreal’ (2009) was made for my university diploma. It is about the radical consequences of technology, biotechnology and biosciences in our everyday reality.

14-xenotransplantation-digital-110x140cmAll artworks are based on real facts, such as transplantation from animals, like pigs, to humans, the misuse of animals in order to find therapies for human diseases or for the science to go further, the very fast growing field of nanotechnology, the bionic brain (a brain with an artificial hippocampus) and the total artificial heart, which is going to be used by humans in the future.

At the same time all artworks are an open door to the imagination, real and surreal can be easily confused. I found very interesting to combine art with all this scientific knowledge I had after my two years research about these issues. I also believe that art can be a very strong communication tool, and I wanted to share everything I already knew with people. Something very important I have to say now about the unit ‘Boundaries’ is that I have tried a lot to represent everything in such a way so I would not cause very strong emotional reactions, because the purpose of this work is to represent the reality as it is, not to confuse, but to stimulate people for a clear thinking.

Apart from this unit, my artwork at the moment is painting, digital art and a combination of computer produced images, photographs with painting. I am mostly inspired from biology, exploring the interaction and coexistence of spirit and matter, as well as of the natural and the artificial world. I find very interesting to combine biological, organic with technological, inorganic elements. I also want to express a particular state of mind and soul. Human body, both internal and external, and every living matter could be transformed into images of a flowing energy, and, even though a still life could be seen as something breathing and alive. Everything in my art is living, can be connected, everything is like an organism, or a part of a bigger organism.

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