Thursday, April 3, 2014

DPW Spotlight Interview: Jurij Frey

Each week we will spotlight a different DPW artist who will give away one of their best paintings.

To enter to win Jurij's painting, "in der Mittagspause" go to Daily Paintworks and click on the link at the top of the page announcing their interview.

From Jurij's DPW Gallery page:

Jurij Frey lives in Böblingen near to Stuttgart, Germany. The painter works in a realistic style. He gets inspired by people living in our modern world, by the contrast between the vanity in business, city life and his desire for muse, nature, light and wonder. He paints the people in their usual environment, in large, almost rough stokes. (click to see more)

Tell us a bit about how you first started painting.

It all begin in childhood. The desire to learn to paint was always present, and resulted in me going to drawing school where I greatly enjoyed drawing lessons.

In der Mittagspause
(click to see image)

Enter to win by clicking on the link at the top of the home page announcing Jurij's interview.

Did you have any stops and starts in your painting career?

Yes of course; there were periods of time when I could not pick up a pencil, but I always came back to drawing as its humble servant. And in the end it became a part of my life.

Im Cafe
(click to see image)

What mediums and genres have you experimented with?

I've tried various mediums, but always returned to oil. As for genres, I've always been curious to try a lot and I hope I will remain curious in the future.

Which ones have "stuck" and which ones have fallen away?

Today, I like to work in a realistic style of expressionism; I like to convey feelings clearly.

(click to see image)

Which ones are you looking forward to exploring?

I am pleased with the genre and style that I paint, and I would like to delve into them further.

Who or what inspires you most?

People, my surroundings, the environment in which I am in, the time in which I live.

Straßen von Paris
(click to see image)

How do you generally arrive at ideas for your paintings?

During perfectly quiet mornings or sometimes I leave the house and wait for random sensations. At other times, I do not have an inner state of mind that I'm trying to bring out through painting. Each time is different and I like it.

(click to see image)

What makes you happiest about your art?

Working at my art and making a living with it.

Thanks, Jurij!

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