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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 – www.kiransart.com 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.

ExtraImaginary: Your art is primarily about nature. Tell us about that.

Seshu Kiran: I drew people, places and objects. But nothing was more juicier than a wide space of nature’s wonderscapes. In 1998, I travelled from Mumbai to Goa on Konkan Railways. It was a sheer prodigality of nature’s beauty. I didn’t turn my head out of the window for the entire journey. When I visited Sierra Nevada, there was a peak above 10,000 feet that holds trees older than 14,000 years. Some still alive. Imagine that tree as a witness for all that took place in those many years. They hold that story. For our very existence every tree around us is a witness. We live because they offer themselves in the chain.

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For me nature and landscape is a celebration. An intense mood and an apparatus of life.

I also paint a series of abstracts called ‘Entropy’. It’s just my imaginative way to capture the measure of order/disorder of the universe! My story of ‘Entropy’ is still shaping up. You will see a lot more works of this kind in the coming years.

ExtraImaginary: Many of your paintings have a single source of light and light seems to play a very big part in your paintings. What is the significance of the light?

Seshu Kiran: It as a beautiful compositional element and a sheer spiritual quality. Light continues to inspire me. I stare at sunrising, sunsets, and sun or moon hiding behind clouds. Also how the atmosphere deflects and filters light in its own artistic ways. The lighting in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Singapore and Bangalore all are different with a unique quality both from the geographic positioning and the filtering effect of atmosphere.

I am happy to see people when they smile at this light. For example this painting was a compelling piece at a show in Los Angeles.

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ExtraImaginary: What tools and techniques do you use to create your paintings?

Seshu Kiran: Primarily, paints, brushes and knives. Surfaces are canvas and archival papers. I haven’t gone punk with tools, but I pick what suits my situation in my painting. Brushes of different material help at different stages and elements of painting. But the core tool is imagination and execution.

Because I mostly paint from my imagination, I am intensely lost at it.

ExtraImaginary: I believe that although your paintings are mostly about nature, they do not come from existing places, they come from your imagination – Where do your ideas come from?

Seshu Kiran: I think I study the grammar of nature and the aptness and actuality. I can’t paint pine-trees in the middle of Sahara unless it is surrealist art. I can’t make some exotic mixture for the sake of it.

Yes. I subscribe to realism in art. Actually any artform, including movies. Representational and realism are bit different. With realism you want to minimize the gap between your subject and your description of the subject. I had read this treatise by a famous Kannada writer S.L. Bhyrappa. It is called “Satya mattu Soundarya”, which means “Truth and Beauty”.

It’s an enormous debate on how truth and beauty cannot exist without the other.

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ExtraImaginary: You’ve done some pieces with a concert going on in the background. Do you find music makes you paint better and how does music change your work and approach?

Seshu Kiran: Musicians are great at their craft. They craft a jewel with lot of beads, gems and accessories. They being the gamut of instruments, voice and equipment. They know the value of an intrinsic individual sound and a collective effect of blend. This is called composition. Like a stock-market graph, an artist has to know the individual segment vs. overall shape. What is similar between the process of painting and music is the composition. Music strangely becomes a visual affair for me.

Painting is an unique non repeatable piece of music. When the canvas dries, it exists forever. For me live painting is enthralling. It becomes a performing-art.

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ExtraImaginary: Walk us through the process of creating your art – from first inspiration to final product.

Seshu Kiran: Walk into my studio for that :) But let me make an effort. I’d start splashing a basic wash with a color that I am in mood with. Then I slowly scratch little details to understand.

ExtraImaginary: How do you know when a piece is finished?

Seshu Kiran: There is no finish line for a piece. A painting cannot be finished. If I say, I finished this painting it sounds abject. Ask any movie director who finished a film. He is always wondering what if I did this scene differently. He feels like filling so many gaps.

My art is never finished. It’s only a mortal’s effort to go closer to what I wanted to do. I would say, I am at this imperfection to go close to what I want. But I could only go this much close. There is miles of void next to it. On a practical realm, there is a sunset. So I’d would call it done for my sale.

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Actually I created a piece that reflects this aspect of unfinished. This painting with clouds and balloons. The collector liked it so much that she was ready to trade anything for it. This had a small unnoticeable drawing of a bicycle flying along with balloons. It’s intentionally unfinished. Whenever she’d walk to her painting, she can finish that small portion in her own imagination.

Sometimes I do marathon of impressionist art. It’s like a racing competition with yourself. You got to get out of it with the last tick. I like those pieces too.

ExtraImaginary: Where do you get your inspiration from?

Seshu Kiran: Everything that triggers imagination. Landscapes, travels, forests, flowers everything on the horizon.

ExtraImaginary: What is your most memorable moment as an artist?

Seshu Kiran: I enjoy every painting I do. The most memorable moment is yet to come. I am waiting for it.

ExtraImaginary: Who are your favorite artists?

Seshu Kiran: I was waiting for this question :-) I like realistic traditions across the globe. I like our contemporaries like Jeremy Lipking, S Ilayaraja, to deceased masters like Walter Langley, Norman Rockwell and such.

ExtraImaginary: What are your goals in regards to your art?

Seshu Kiran: To be able to completely finish a painting in it’s truest sense. To paint large murals (which I just started). And to paint every landscape of the world.

ExtraImaginary: Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you?

Seshu Kiran: Yes! Check my works on www.kiransart.com (Currently in maintenance)

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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 Jessica Jimerson – Comic book artist, Game designer, Published author and Digital painter from the USA

Jessica Jimerson

Jessica Jimerson is an artist from the USA specializing in comic book art, game design, books, and digital paintings. Inspired by her mother and grandmother to purse art, she decided to combine her love for gaming and art to pursue digital art in the form of comic books, game design, books and digital paintings. You can read more about Jessica on wikipedia, view Jessica’s work and contact her through her portfolio on Deviant Art, her website, and twitter.

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

Jessica Jimerson: Jessica Jimerson - Lara Croft (comic color work only)Well I grew up in a fantastic art culture, thanks to my mother (Annette Jimerson), and late grandmother (Jessie Jimerson-Philips). Both amazing fine artist who have been around the country in galleries and shows, with their work. So I knew from a very young age I wanted to be an artist too. I’d go around drawing character designs, and dragons all the time, but as I got older (around the age of twelve) I realized I wanted to take that and combine it with my love of gaming, in becoming a game designer. Another major fuel factor at the time, was so that I could bring respectable female characters to the gaming scene, because even a child of twelve could see the differences in how the female characters were dressed, compared to their male counter parts. Or their repeat roles as helpless damsels in distress.

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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?

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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 Arnold Indusa from Nairobi, Kenya

Arnold IndusaArnold Indusa is a talented pencil sketch artist from Nairobi, Kenya. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Business IT. You can learn more about him and contact him through his facebook page.

ExtraImaginary: Please give us a background of yourself and how you got started with art.

Arnold Indusa: Well, I found myself drawing at the back of my school books way back in primary school, and was definitely fascinated by that. I actually enjoyed it a lot though I got into a lot of trouble for “dirtifying” my school books. Little did people know it was a blessing in disguise. I’m the first born out of the 3 of us, and I live in South C. I graduated from Strathmore University with a Bachelors Degree in Business IT.

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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 ArtBreak.com.

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 Multi Disciplinary Artist Marta Martina Mijic from Zagreb, Croatia

Marta Martina MijicMarta Martina Mijic (28) is Croatian multi-discipline artist currently residing in Zagreb, Croatia. You can view Marta’s work on her Facebook pages: Marta Art Factory and MAF Pet Photography, and also through her website. View Marta’s portfolio. You can also view her photography after the interview below.

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

Martina Mijić MAFphotoMarta Martina Mijic: I was born in Travnik, a small town located 90 km west from Sarajevo, and I spent my childhood interchangeably in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, as well, Germany. Since 2007, I am based in Zagreb where I founded an association, MAF that affects many art fronts. Photography (MAFphoto), painting, and creation of unique organ decorations are some of the things that I am involved with.

My first independent painting exhibition, symbolically named “My Story” was in Travnik (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 2005. I presented 66 paintings done in various techniques. I also participated in numerous group exhibitions, courses, and workshops.

“As an artist, I am oriented towards abstract art. The artist world is full of color, but my photography shows the opposite, the black and white world”
Marta Martina Mijic

My first independent photography exhibition, named “Voyage, part I, Light and Darkness”, has been presented in Belgrade (Serbia) in 2010, at the Center for Photo and Film Culture of Serbians. The second independent exhibition, “Balance”, has been presented in Zagreb in 2013, and it has been based on the sports theme.


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