George Darash was born in Belarus and graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of the Arts. Upon graduation he began a career in the illustration and graphic design field, whilst painting in his spare time. After several successful solo shows he started to devote his attention to his art.
Whilst making this career change, he moved to Toronto Canada, where he became an elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists in 2009. In 2010 he opened his second studio in Palm Beach, Florida. Currently his artwork is exhibited in art galleries in US, Canada and Europe..
Art is my way of life, even in thoughts where all creative processes start. Art reflects social and cultural life. Art is a projection. All abstraction is projective, it always reflects some idea. Such games with the imagination helps us to learn something new about our self. It’s a possibility to find our deep unconscious world, to begin a so called inside cultural revolution, to give a human being, longing for renovation, desires and catharsis.
What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?
Believe it or not... it was Freedom. I was born in USSR and even as a kid I understood that the fact of being an artist gives you a chance to be more independent from the system.
How would you describe your own personal style?
Less or more a minimalism and its variations are my stylistic preferences.
What pushed you in that direction and how can you see your work evolving in the future?
Nothing pushed me, but I pulled it. Future??? Have no idea. It is a Journey into unknown.
What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?
Mostly nature and its reflections.
Are there particular individuals who have encouraged / inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists?
Not really. It is just my way of living.
When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?
I run a few different visual projects in different media, so the idea chooses/dictates the media. At this point I am a multimedia artist.
When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?
Could you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?
In most cases I do a few simple pencil sketches and then... Improvisation.
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?
I don't choose the time to work, but work tells me when I should start.
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?
Always one piece. My studio must be empty.
How has your art evolved to be where it is today?
I think it moves by spiral. I return to the same ideas but on the different level.
Which of your artworks are you most proud off?
Hope it is gonna be next.
Is there a fellow artist alive today that you admire? If so, why?
If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period / era that you would like to have been involved in?
Why "IF" ? I do :)
What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?
Be more professional and less political.
What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?
Think twice if you want to do it.
Despite having developed your own distinctive style, is there another style of art that you are immediately drawn towards and admire? Why?
Style is not a "low protein diet" it has own twists and shifts. I need to spice it up sometimes.
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?
Sometimes, as exclusion.
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?
In visual art I am not a fond of idea of storytelling as it literature does. Those who don't understand a visual language ask for verbal interpretation. So, they choose to live with a substitute.
What are you working on at the moment?
Series of figurative works.
Have you ever been part of an artistic group / movement? How did your work benefit from that experience?