Juliane Blasquez was born in 1996 in Carcassonne in the South of France. Passionate about the great painters of the Italian Renaissance since childhood, she followed her schooling by training in painted decoration and obtained her Brevet des Métiers d'Arts in 2015. As a result, her passion for painting increased, and she decided to continue her studies and installed herself in small workshop to hone her artistic skills. Her artistic references have guided her to the practice of allegorical portraiture which makes her style a classic and figurative genre that is inscribed in contemporary art.
What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?
Passion. I was always passionate about painting so it was obvious for me to do my job. That's what makes me happy every day.
How would you describe your own personal style?
My style is a classic and figurative genre. I realize allegorical portraits (Portrait in which the model appears represented with the attributes or the costume, characteristics of a great historical figure, mythological or legendary (an emperor, a saint, a god, a hero ...), even of a allegory (justice, force ...), to signify a trait of character, a role or a function, which are its own.), for me there must be a part of reality and another of unreality in my compositions. I take special care to represent the Man because he is the center of my subjects. It is treated in a realistic way. Everything that surrounds him: like the atmosphere in which he is, his clothes, his accessories etc ... are painted in another way they will be less realistic and will suck more imagination in the spectator.
What are you pushing in your direction and how can you see your work evolving in the future?
I am currently in a process where I have to see my artistic project in the future. Of course, this requires a certain recognition of my work above all, but in the future I would like to make paintings based on publishing projects, major exhibitions where the income could be donated to charities. In short, I see great progress and beautiful prospects for the future while also remaining in love with my passion that is painting.
What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?
The dream above all. My projects come naturally from an image that I have seen or a text that I have read, totally by chance. I do not have a "factor" that pushes me directly to the easel, painting is my happiness. I have this need to escape, it's as if the air changed and I could breathe freely this oxygen. Because in reality without creation, without this artistic world I am no longer.
Are there people who have encouraged / inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists?
Yes, you must know that I started painting by preparing a diploma of house painter. I crossed the road of this gentleman - who was my teacher - and who took the time to tell me that I had something that belonged to the painters. So I did my Brevet des Métiers d'Arts and once again, I was faced with teachers who saw in me a talent that I myself did not suspect. And I listened to him.
When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, some types of brushes or tools that you love to use?
I use Daler Rowney oil paint on Peter Van Ginkel linen linens or wood plates that I prepare myself. As for the brushes, I use now only brushes made by Rose Mary Brushes because they are simply made for me and the quality is present.
When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?
My vision of life. Once again it's themes imposed on me, I dream continuously in painting. I abandon myself in this world of mine. During my debut, I was looking for my place until exhaustion and then one day I accepted my artistic approach. I told myself that if I could not express myself freely in my life, I will do it through my paintings. And that is the strength of my characters today, they are expressive as if they would one day go out of the picture.
Could you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?
For my part by long literary research, historical, mythological etc ... because I want to understand what surrounds me. I am a curious person. Then I usually sketch my ideas with annotations like the mood I want to give, the colorful range I want to use. And to finish what I want to say and what I want to denounce. My last creation for example comes from these few words: Taking the appearance of a human being, the moon grows, reaches its peak and disappears and is reborn the day after. I will not reveal everything here because several books will come out to accompany my paintings, they will explain in detail the whole creative process.
Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals Where is the moment is right?
My painting routine is good tea, good music and I do not care about the time of day.
When you work, do you focus on one piece at a time?
Yes it's very important for me, I always start with the skin, then the hair, clothes, accessories (which support my creations) and the bottom. Finally, I take care of the details.
How is your art evolved to be where it is today?
I evolve through the intensive practice of painting, drawings. I do not have a magic formula just passion and perseverance. Always believe in your dreams and work.
Which of your artworks are you most proud off?
I am proud of Medusa. I loved representing this quiet woman sitting on the danger represented by the jellyfish. She is calm and smiling as she is in the middle of a dark spring.
Is there a fellow artist alive today that you admire? If so, why?
Oh yes, I am an admirer of the artist Ricardo Celma. Because he is a talented man who makes you want to excel and has the gift of sharing and teaching that can push you forward.
If you could travel in time, is there a particular artistic period that you would like to have involved?
The Italian Renaissance without hesitation. It is in discovering this period that I began to paint because these paintings there are imbued with an atmosphere that speaks to me a lot I can not describe you. But it's an infinite source of creation for me. And then the greatness of the painters, they held a knowledge and a desire for evolution that exceed everything in my eyes.
What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?
He must not paint for the money. And I find that money takes up too much space in our lives, we must continue to do what we did for the love of painting and not for material things.
What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?
Believe in yourself, work hard and above all do what you love and not what others love. it is important, we must be happy above all, we have only one life.
Despite having your own distinctive style, is there another style of art that you are immediately drawn towards and admire? Why?
I admire hyper-realism because it's very hard to do, it takes a lot of patience and technique. I admire because we touch the reality of the finger. I started by telling myself that I wanted to do this but as my style unfolded I realized that in my paintings I needed a certain degree of reality and it was not as pushed as that of hyper-realism. A painter of hyper-realism that I really like Marco Grassi.
Have we heard of the unfinished masterpiece, even Da Vinci laboured away at the Mona Lisa for years and years, have you worked in a continual process of evolution? When working on an artwork do you find it hard to let go? Knowing when enough is enough?
There are several times: the time of the rigor, the time of the controlled accident and the time of the end of the work. Personally, I have an organizational scheme that I explained to you above. I feel when I have to release my brush to let my hand run on the canvas and I also feel when my painting is finished. I have not had any doubt yet about that.
Many people see artists as storytellers or advocates for a cause, do you think it is an artist's responsibility to shine a light on a specific subject / theme, or do you think it's purely for the sake of expression your creative nature?
I think an artist must be free to express what he wants clearly. When we get lost in what we are forced to drown quickly under the constraints. He can decide to denounce as to practice just for his pleasure.
What are you working on at the moment?
After the moon, the sun. I work on this incarnation of the sun, this solar star filled with joy and warmth. Because for me there is no moon without sun, they are part of one and the same work. You can see the advanced paintings on my Instagram.
When is your next exhibition? Is it a solo or group exhibition? Could you tell us a little about the exhibition, when and where is it?
I have many projects for this new year 2020, including an individual exhibition to be held in Toulouse. Then there will be the publication of my artistic book which will be a collection of my paintings illustrated by unpublished drawings and full of small surprises inside. I want people who love my work to see behind the scenes of achievements and share this moment of intimate creations with me. The year will be full of beautiful and new adventures.
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