13 Apr Loui Jover
Loui Jover, is an Australian painter and artist. He is known for his artwork in ink wash paintings on vintage book pages.
Favorite material to work with?
My favorite materials to work with are ink and paper, I realize the question is specific about ‘material’ as in one but I see these two for me linked in a ying yang embrace so I count them as one entity. I like paper that does not necessarily come from an art shop, I appreciate found papers that have foxing or an aged character or old book pages from ruined books (I never damage a book that is in good condition, I am a bibliophile and such an action would be anathema to me). I glue these together and make larger sheets to draw on. If art media and materials were an organic beast then I believe ‘ink’ would be its life blood. I could easily spend my entire life learning about the methods and diversity of this amazing liquid. I like it in its rawest form having to dip my implement such as a brush or nib pen into it and using it as thus. The brush loaded with ink offers a sensual rich dripping line while the pen a nervy fragile delicate one. Pure Indian ink and Sumi ink are my favorites.
What themes do you pursue?
I tend to splinter when faced with this question, for in the end to limit oneself to one or two or three themes is to ‘limit’ oneself. I realize in the art world as such this can cause confused reaction as to the merits of an artists search or journey, I think this is an old notion and will die out, I feel the world around has become more and more faceted and fractured in its natural and subliminal recoiling from a mass marketed passively hostile generification of everything in the commercial, social and artistic domain. I do work in small segments or series at times but over all if I was having to label and be forced to pigeon hole my work I would have to say it deals with “melancholia” and its associated conditions, such as beauty, nostalgia and spiritual confusion.
How many years as an artist?
Where is your studio?
Prefer to work with music or in silence?
Depends on circumstance and work, sometimes I like quality talk radio like the BBC may offer otherwise it’s classical music (all extremes, Beethoven to Philip Glass) or jazz (Miles Davis) music that moves my creative buttons.
What’s around the corner from your place?
Where can we find you outside the studio?
Inside the house eating or looking at books or scribbling in a sketchbook or on this computer contraption, which I refuse to allow into my studio. I also like to do things with my family of course.
If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do?
What do you collect?
Who are your favorite writers?
If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
Use anything other than paint?
Use anything other than paint?
Is painting dead?
Monet or Manet?
** This read was posted by Saatchi Art, April 29 2013. I found this article to be insightful as to who Loui Jover is, as an individual and as an artist, intriguing individual without a doubt.!
*** Please visit Loui Jover’s work wherever possible, he seems to have work available everywhere. Here is one quick link, Loui Jover @ Saatchi Art.