Artem Lozhkin has been painting professionally since 2014. Through his distinctive landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes and figurative works, he tries to create images that appeal to the viewer. He prefers the realistic style.
What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?
Since childhood, I was drawn to brushes and paints, despite the fact that I was still small, I think that the love of painting is in my blood. I always drew something, fantasized, invented. I went to art school with great pleasure. As a child, I did not think that I would become an artist, but one thought about paints and brushes excited my childish mind.
How would you describe your own personal style?
My personal style is realism. Despite the fact that I often paint in any style and genre, nevertheless, realism is the most dear and favourite style.
What pushed you in that direction and how can you see your work evolving in the future?The fact that I need to constantly develop and learn new things pushed me in this direction. You can learn all your life and still discover new knowledge. It interests me - to constantly develop as a professional.
What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?
I have one driving factor that attracts me to the easel - this is love for my profession and for what I do. I really enjoy collecting brushes and paints. This is happiness.
Are there particular individuals who have encouraged / inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists?
On this path, I am inspired and always supported by my family, my wife and children. These are my main viewers and my assistants. When I paint a picture, my sons sit next to me and repeat after me and paint pictures. These are very precious and precious moments for me.
When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?
I paint oil paintings on canvas with brushes. There are my favourite brushes that do everything that is born in the head. I consider these brushes to be talismans.
When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?
What attracts me the most important: love, emotions and a captured moment of happiness or sadness.
Could you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?
Simplicity. I just sit down and do what I love every day.
Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is a more a case of when the moment is right you work?
My working day starts at 7 o'clock in the morning, when I take my sons to kindergarten and go to the studio to draw. And until the evening I spend time doing what I love. I believe that talent is an obligatory component of every artist, but it is difficult to become a professional without effort.
When you work, do you focus on one piece at a time until completion or are you working on multiple pieces at the same time?
I work on the whole picture in full with further design of each element in the picture, at the same time I create 3-5 pictures.
How has your art evolved to be where it is today?
Over the past five years, my art has changed a lot. I have grown professionally and spiritually. I had 3 personal exhibitions, many international and all-Russian exhibitions, my paintings are bought by collectors from all over the world. I am happy with what I create. But my professional growth continues every day.
Which of your artworks are you most proud?
I put my soul into every work, but there are pictures that I especially like, for example, "Happy Childhood".
Is there a fellow artist alive today that you admire? If so, why?
I know many talented contemporary artists that I admire. To name some would be to exclude others who I hold in equal esteem.
If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period / era that you would like to have been involved in?
No, I don't have a natural pull backwards towards another time, I am drawn to create in my era!
What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?
The main problem of 21st century artists, in my opinion, is laziness.
What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?
Believe in yourself, love what you do, and never give up. And the most important thing is to work hard!
Despite having developed your own distinctive style, is there another style of art that you are immediately drawn towards and admire? Why?
There is something alluring in every style. A challenge in learning, the opening of a new door. It is all part of an ongoing process of personal development.
We have all heard of the unfinished masterpiece, even Da Vinci laboured away at the Mona Lisa for years and years, have you works that are in a continual process of evolution? When working on an artwork do you find it hard to let go? Knowing when enough is enough?
I have no such works, as I tend to have a clear idea of what I want to achieve before picking up the brush. That clarity allows me to see things through to completion.
Many people see artists as storytellers or advocates for a cause, do you believe that it is an artist’s responsibility to shine a light on a particular subject / theme, or do you create purely for the sake of expression your creative nature?
Of course, the artist reveals themes, shows his vision of many problems, and the viewer always feels this. An artist always puts meaning and energy into every painting.
What are you working on at the moment?
Now I am creating a series of paintings with gold leaf. For me, this is again a new and incredibly enjoyable experience.
When is your next exhibition? Is it a solo or group exhibition? Could you tell us a little about the exhibition, when and where it is?
Group exhibitions are held constantly, I try to participate and show my work to as many people as possible. I am planning a personal exhibition next year in my hometown of Barnaul.