Making Reality More Attractive with Tamar Daraselia

Making Reality More Attractive with Tamar Daraselia

February 26, 2021

Tamar Daraselia is a self-taught artist from Tbilisi, Georgia. All her works are the result of hard work and a strong desire to improve her painting skills and master different techniques. Painting is her calling: For Tamar it is a means to make the reality more attractive by creating beautiful and aesthetically acceptable world. At the same time painting is a great way to relax and enjoy oneself.


What initially drew you towards becoming an artist?

I have loved drawing/painting and have been attracted to it since early childhood; aesthetically pleasing and beautiful objects or a piece of reality have been the source of my admiration and inspired me to depict them in my art.

How would you describe your own personal style? What pushed you in that direction and how can you see your work evolving in the future?

As a self-taught artist I have learned a lot from the 19-20th century masters; impressionism post-impressionism, fauvism, abstraction-ism, cubism have always been within the focus of my interest; these tendencies have had their mark on the formation and development of my style. However, I do believe, that my style is original and distinct.


When I start working on a new piece it is my impressions that prompt me and determine the choice of a particular style. As for the evolution of my style in the future, I think, this process is quite unpredictable.

What inspires you in your work, is there a driving factor that draws you to the easel?

It can be any fascinating piece of reality; however, I can say for certain that the sun is one of the biggest sources of my inspiration, it is the main ‘character’ of my landscapes.


When it comes to creating your work, do you have a preferred medium, certain types of brushes or tools you love to use?

I mainly paint with oil paints, however, I have water-colours done in the earlier period (the 90s) as well. I generally paint on cardboard (which I ground/prime myself), rarely on canvas (sizes range from 30x40cm to 50x80 cm);

I have developed my own technique when painting on cardboard with oil paints: I use oil paint brushes (from # 0 to #10) and to make gentle strokes water colour brushes as well; I often use mixed media: combination of oil paint, (which forms the background of a painting) and oil pastels (Van Gogh, Sennelier), sometimes pencil.


When it comes to the subject matter of your work, what draws you to those themes?

The choice of a subject matter is largely dependent on my impressions; I mainly work in three genres: landscapes, still life and figures, however, stylistically they can be represented differently – I mean, the style can be abstract, fauvist, cubist or decorative. I am particularly fond of painting landscapes as I feel free in the choice of colours (their combination), forms, technique and stylization , and, in general, in expressing my fantasies.

Could you describe the process behind your art? How do you get from concept to execution?

When I get a new idea, and it comes to creating a new work, I start with making a sketch and notes, plan details of composition, colours, technique, media, however, sometimes it happens so that when painting I make changes… so this process is quite unpredictable and many works are created impromptu. The process of painting is a kind of journey.


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?

I try to work every day, every minute… however, sometimes I cannot see how to continue a painting, though it seems that every detail (composition, choice of colours, stylistic peculiarities etc.) has been planned and determined beforehand.

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 usually work on one piece at a time, however, sometimes, I return to my earlier paintings to perfect them if my ‘eye’sees such a possibility.

How has your art evolved to be where it is today?

I started painting seriously and intensively in the 90s of the previous century; first I focused on still life making my works in oil paints as well as water colours; what me attracted most was playing with bright and contrastive colours, as a result you can find some elements of fauvism in them. At the end of the 90s I got interested in figures; made fast sketches of a human body in different poses, paying attention to timing. However, in my paintings of figures stylization is of particular importance. Afterwards I switched to landscapes; if initially I used bright , contrasting colour combinations in my landscapes , now my choice of colours is much softer and gentler. What I want to say is that I never stop experimenting and studying, it is difficult to say where my journey will take me to…


If you could travel back in time, is there a particular artistic period / era that you would like to have been involved in?

Cubism: I would like to have witnessed and been involved in the formation of this school.

What advice would you give to a young aspiring artist currently studying art?

My advice is: never give up your dream, be creative and never lose your individuality.

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 some unfinished works; I generally put them aside for a while, and from time to time look at them with a ‘fresh eye’; I always trust my eyes- they tell me when enough is enough.


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 expressing your creative nature?

I think, all three types of artists exist, however, as form me, I paint for the sake of expressing my creative nature. For me painting is a kind of escape from a bitter reality.

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