Stille Skygger's works are based on Dark Art and Surrealism. She loves to associate beauty with "dark" objects because she believes that the universe does the same. According to her, bad things contain a part of goodness in them and in the same way all the good things have a dark side. This point of view inspires her to create paintings housing fantastic creatures, mystic characters and witches alike.
Stille Skygger has been drawing most of her life and now, this passion is turning into a career, she has been selling her works since 2015. Stille's work has been shown in local galleries, as well as several galleries across the country and her artwork is currently featured in many Art Magazines and Zines.
Stille also creates sterling silver jewellery when she has time and she is obsessed with “Abandoned Places” photography. She has a series of artworks based on this subject. She wants to live her life while meeting with people from all around the world in her exhibitions and on the other hand be involved in Social Responsibility Projects which she believes necessary to maintain and improve the quality of human life.
What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?
I have been painting since a very young age. When my interest in painting was discovered by my Art Teacher, I started taking private lessons after school. One day my teacher took me to an exhibition organized by the Faculty of Fine Arts when I was about 13-14 years old. I was so impressed by what I saw that I remember that day as the day I first decided to become an artist in the future.
How would you describe your own personal style?
I produce a wide variety of works. Some of my works are Surrealist, some are Dark Art and some are Fantasy art. I have a very diverse mood, which of course reflects on my art. Although I have started to produce works in the Pre-Raphaelite style in recent years, if I need to define a general definition, I can say New Contemporay Art.
What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?
I have been more impressed by what I have read since my childhood. I am very impressed by fantastic books, fairy tales and mythological works. This pushes me into my easel quickly. And i am huge fan of Horror – Fantasy movies, they feed my art a lot.
Are there particular individuals who have encouraged / inspired you along the way, friends, family, teachers, maybe even other artists?
My mother is the person who supports and motivates me the most. And while I’m painting, I usually listen to the biographies of old master artists instead of music. This motivates me incredibly and gives me the inspiration and energy to keep going. Great artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, William Blake always inspire 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 always use a quick drying medium is called Liquin. For fine detail lines i use Round brushes and I prefer Long Flat brushes for places where I need to paint more intensely. And when the painting is finished, I prefer glossy varnish.
When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?
My theme is usually based on contrasts. In most of my works, I try to use coloured backgrounds and try to work the portraits are cold. This is for me about my belief in the "Yin Yang Philosophy" philosophy. Most of my paintings have a fairy-tale theme, but a slightly darker side, like the Brothers Grimm. It's fabulous, but dark.
Could you describe your normal day as an artist? Have you set routines and rituals or is it more a case of when the moment is right you work?
Yes, there are daily rituals because I am a disciplined person, I do not like to go out of order. I get up at 7am in the morning, after having breakfast and checking my e-mails, I am sitting at my easel at around 8am. I work until 1pm, in order to benefit more from the daylight. Then I take a coffee break and continue to work until 6pm. After 6pm I usually don't work because I don't find it very healthy to work under lamps. After that i am doing my non-artist workS. I tend to work 6 days a week, but I like to take Sundays as a rest day.
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 more than one piece at a time. This is a habit that I do not like very much, but I do not like to wait while the layers dry, so I find it more efficient to continue with another work.
Which of your artworks are you most proud of?
Oh, I am most proud of all of my girls! But honestly, I am deeply proud of 2 of my works, “Nepenthe” and “Venus : Light Bringer” – which are available for sale on here at ArtBaazar.
If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period / era that you would like to have been involved in?
I would definitely have liked to live during the time of the Renaissance. I wish I had worked in the art ateliers of that period.
What challenges do you feel the 21st century artist has to overcome?
Absolutely distraction. The consumption culture, which is very common today, just distracts us. In an age where even books enter digital media, unfortunately everything is very artificial. Television, mobile phones, tablets, cables, everyone started to become mechanized. And we do a job that requires spirit. And we consume a certain amount of energy by trying to isolate ourselves from this soulless environment. We sacrifice many things to focus on our art. From our family, from our social life, from our friends ... But on the other hand, when the Covid virus came, the galleries were closing, festivals were cancelled.. I really wish to be born in a simpler time.
What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?
I would like to say that they should be confident in themselves and their abilities. And that they should work hard. I mean, really, really hard.
Despite having developed your own distinctive style, is there another style of art that you are immediately drawn towards and admire? Why?
Definitely works of the Renaissance and Baroque style. But I know I have more time and a way to get there.
What are you working on at the moment?
I am working on a mini series of contemporary style. I've never produced my own portrait before. For the first time, I am preparing a mini series of self portraits. They will be able to seen in my new works, in the style of new contemporary art, from this platform, soon.
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?
In fact, I had 3 projects for this year, but I had to postpone all of them to next year due to the virus. I hope to be able to start exhibitions again next year when the virus is gone.
View Stille's full collection - Online Gallery of Stille Skygger