Posts Tagged ‘Painting’

Interview with Seshu Kiran – Artist from Bangalore, India

Seshu Kiran Art

Seshu Kiran is an artist based in Bangalore, India. His paintings are of nature that arises from his imagination and inspiration rather than actual landscapes. You can find out more about Seshu Kiran through his website – and Facebook

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your journey with art.

Seshu Kiran: I used to draw a lot with pencil and paper in childhood. Seeing this, I was sent to a drawing instructor when I was 6. He liked my drawings and instructed me to draw from what I see. He kept a lantern in front of me and asked to draw. Then he kept his bike. After he felt I was something, he took me as his student for two weeks.

The important lesson I learnt from him was – keep at your art. Breathe your craft. Keep drawing. As I grew, watercolors happened to me. At the age of 17, I passed Karnataka higher grade art exam in first class. This made me eligible to be an art teacher at high schools in Karnataka. But I didn’t. I was also at the craft of technology and inventions. So my career is shared between art and technology. I live by both.

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Interview with Apryl Miller – Artist from NYC

Apryl Miller

Apryl Miller is an artist residing in New York. A lifelong poet, she discovered her love and talent for art later in life. Her work includes paintings, soft sculptures, installations, collage, furniture, and interior design. You can find out more about Apryl through her website, Facebook, Twitter, and her portfolio on Saatchi.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your journey with art.

Apryl Miller Dyl-ScanApryl Miller: I come from a large, creative, DIY family and though we were always doing different sorts of art projects, we were not gifted visually and we never thought of ourselves as artistic. My father was a minister and I remember as a small child going and helping the church ladies put together their beautiful, clever projects to sell at the yearly Christmas Fair.

When I had to paint or draw an image in art classes as a child, it was difficult for me. It seemed as if I was always expected to make tight, realistic images, when I am actually a loose, abstract artist. But I could not have known that then, and those childhood classes were not the place to experiment. It was in my home, with my family, working on projects together, that I felt a sense of mastery and direction. When I was in my early 40’s, I began to whisper to myself that I was an artist and as time went on, that whisper turned into a normal speaking voice.

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Interview with Wilber Mazemu – Artist from Uganda

Wilber Mazemu

Wilber Mazemu is an artist from Uganda, now settled in Kenya. He has been pursuing art since a young age. You can contact Wilber by email and also view his artwork on his webpage on ArtWeb.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your journey in art.

Wilber Mazemu: My name is Wilber Mazemu born in Eastern Uganda in1987 in a Village called Bupadhengo. I have my Mother and my Father, 2 older brothers, and 2 younger sisters. We are five siblings, I am in the middle. One of my sisters is in Jinja town and the other sister is staying with my mom. My brothers work in the market. I completed my Primary school at my village. I entered in category of art when I started high school in Jinja, still in eastern Uganda. I completed my high school in Kampala, which is the capital city on my country Uganda. I joined Mkumba University and after completing my studies, I returned to my town and started work in Jinja town. I joined a guy called mike who had a small gallery in Jinja town. I worked with him for almost 2-3 years that was 2005-2008. From there I started making my own work and supplying them to the craft shops in Entebbe. In 2014, I decided to change country because the market of painting is very small in Uganda compared to the Kenyan Market.

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Interview with Richard Kuria – Artist in Eldoret, Kenya

Richard KuriaRichard Kuria is an painter and pencil sketch artist living in Eldoret, Kenya. He is currently studying at the Moi University in Eldoret, doing a BSc. in Project Planning and Management.

You can connect with Richard on Facebook or by phone at +254-725-357-241.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your journey in art.

Richard Kuria: My name is Kuria Richard Njogu, currently living in Eldoret. I grew up in Bungoma, Western Kenya. I attended a private school there called Marell Academy, where I was first introduced to art. Back then, I mostly drew cartoons. I enjoyed the attention I got from the other students, about how good I was. I was never serious about art, not until I joined High School, (Booker Academy, Mumias), when doing Art and Design, where I really discovered my love for it. I got recognized as a talented artist, through winning awards or when it came to people talking about my art.

Richard Kuria ArtAfter high in 2010, I needed to make some money. I met a guy, now a really good friend of mine, living in Bungoma, called Joshua (Josh), a great artist. He introduced me to the painting and framing technique displayed below. Working with him taught me a lot, and in the end, I got to make money from the pieces we sold. Unfortunately, people want the cheapest thing they can get, thus it was very hard to sell the pieces at high prices, but what I learnt from my time with him, was priceless.

Richard Kuria ArtAlso during that time, I got interested in doing portraits, specifically pencil portraits. I got in love with it and wanted to do it all the time. I did not have anyone to teach me, so I spent a lot of time, looking at other artists work in the internet. I got some tips here and there and developed my own techniques and tricks along the way, and with every portrait I did I got a little better. I have been doing commissions since 2011 and I have done work for people all over the country.

Currently I work as a freelance artist, which is a good choice for me, because the operating costs are typically low. I am also working on turning my love for art into a career, and exhibiting my works in galleries.

I strive to produce the best portrait drawings I can, making them as realistic as I possibly can.

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Interview with Vida Khadem on her latest work – Dance of Life

Vida KhademVida Khadem is a painter, writer and film maker, whom we have interviewed before. She joins us again to talk about her latest work “Dance of Life”, which is a unique collection that she has painted using just vegetables, herbs and fruits. You can find our more about Vida through her website, as well as to purchase prints of this latest work.

ExtraImaginary: Welcome back Vida. Wow! Dance of Life is an amazing concept. How did you come up with it?

Vida Khadem - Dance of Life

Vida: I woke up one day and I was angry. And for no apparent reason that I could pin point. So I did what I always do when I am in distress. I picked up my paints and some empty bottles and cans and decided to go into the woods.

I wanted to throw paint from different distances to study the movement of liquid as it travels from near and far before it hits the surface of the panel of wood.

It was a cold winter day. And snow was still on the ground. After some time and throwing paint with different objects, bottles, cans, and cups and glass, I got tired and drove back home to have something eat.

As I was peeling an orange … the thought crossed my head … I wonder what would happen if I dip the orange in the paint and throw it on the panel. So I did. And to my surprise the marks were much more interesting.

Next I threw an apple, grapes, and parsley, and cabbage, and mint, and so I was throwing all kinds of vegetables and herbs and fruits from close and far. And the result was astonishing.

So in all honesty, it was just an accident.

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Interview with Clinton Kirkpatrick – Artist from Northern Ireland

Clinton KirkpatrickClinton Kirkpatrick is an artist from Northern Ireland. He is currently in Kenya preparing for his exhibit “Where he ran, and returned to.” at the Nairobi Museum from May 3rd to 31st, 2014. You can find out more about Clinton through his website or his facebook page.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your journey with art.

Clinton Kirkpatrick: Hello! Well my name is Clinton Kirkpatrick and I am 29 years old, I am 6 feet 4 inches tall, I have dark hair, I am from Northern Ireland, I am a painter and a woodcut printmaker. My journey with art has brought me, now, to Kenya but let me take you back a little further first of all. I left school when I was 16 to pursue art full time. Art and music is where I knew my heart lay so I had to choose one to study. I am glad I went with art in the end as the journey has been quite incredible.

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Interview with Artist Kennedy “Da Vinci” Wafula from Bungoma County, Kenya

Kennedy Wafula

Kennedy “Da Vinci” Wafula is a self taught artist from Bungoma County, Kenya. He derives deep inspiration from Leonardo Da Vinci. You can find out more about Kennedy on his profile on

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and your art.

Kennedy “Da Vinci” Wafula: I am Kennedy Wafula from Bungoma county, born in 1992. I studied at Nzoia Primary school then joined Bungoma High School where I was privileged to take art/design as my favourite subject. I did my exams in 2011 and I have not yet joined university. My art dates back to 1999. As a child I used to trace pictures just for fun. In 2003 I came to discover my talent when I realized my classmate Dennis Munyasi drawing amazing picture just from a magazine that attracted the attention of the whole class. When I gave a try to draw what he drew I realized I had the potential to draw picture although he was miles ahead of me.

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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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Interview with Alicia Besada – Artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Alicia Besada-Artist from ArgentinaAlicia Besada is a 44 year old artist living in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She attended art schools at New York, Singapore and Buenos Aires. She has been a painter and sculptor for 25 years. Her main interest is the human figure with the focus on expression.

You can connect with Alicia on Facebook or you can visit her blog to find out more about her and to purchase her artwork.

View Alicia Besada’s portfolio. You can also view her artwork after the interview below.

ExtraImaginary: We have Alicia Besada with us today. Alicia, please tell us a little about yourself and your art.

Alicia Besada: I think I realized I wanted to paint when I was 14 and I won an art contest in my school district. Even though I graduated as a Systems Analyst and worked with computers for about 20 years, after high school I started going to learn drawing and painting. When I moved to New York I entered the Art Students League. Afterwards I lived in Singapore where I attended the Fine Arts School in the University there. Back in Buenos Aires I completed my art theory education at the university and kept going to different art studios, to learn sketching, drawing and painting human figure live with models. Human figure is my main interest. I focus on expression, on emotion, on telling a story about whoever I’m painting and there is always some identification and connection with the subject I choose to portray or paint. I usually paint nude bodies or portraits because I am attracted to skin, that border between a person and everything around. Part of what is inside transpires through the skin, a battleground between what you want to keep for yourself and what comes to the surface anyway. Restraint and pleasure. The body and its language. What could be more interesting!

alicia-besada-couple-in-love-oil-on-canvas-100cmx120cm-2009I am currently working on a project called “A couple in love: getting together and growing apart”. This is how it started. I called two models who are actually a couple, and asked my husband, who is a photographer, to help me take pictures of them. I already had a clear idea of the poses and situations I was interested in, and that was the starting point. Then I asked them to start moving and acting these scenes meanwhile my husband kept taking pictures. The photo session was three hours long, we got more than 600 photos. Then came sketching, painting and finally selecting what to show. It took me over a year to finish this work. Love, not an easy subject. I tried to convey some feelings, emotions and sensations that associated with love such as desire, tenderness, posession, joy, passion but also jelousy, pain, fear, anguish…

I am in the process of finding an art gallery to exhibit this work, I have not posted these latest paintings on Facebook or my blog for the moment.

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