” I wasn’t sure about painting because I thought I’m not mature enough (or maybe I simply wasn’t ready).”-EV
I often have a hate/love relationship with social media. One moment I find it useful, and then in the next I find it useless. But sometimes it proves to be a useful tool for me to gather content for RebelliousRebel. I always try to make sure what I give you all is quality and not quantity. And coming across Ernest Volynec, that’s exactly what has happened.
Instead of giving you all a feature written piece, I decided to include the full interview. I wanted everyone to read and understand the vision behind this artist’s artwork. In a way I needed to understand it myself, seeing as though I rarely see this sort of art. So here it is, my interview with painter Ernest Volynec.
RR Exclusive | Interview with Ernest Volynec
Q. What makes you love what you do?
R. Back in the summer of 2012 I felt really exhausted and depressed. I remember that I always wanted to try to paint, but studies took most of my time. I knew that there will never be the right time, so I ordered my first oil paints, few canvases and just started to paint. Since then I fell in love with the process. It’s something personal, there are no such things as ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, I am who I am and the feeling of freedom makes me happy.
Q. What drew you to painting? Have you always wanted to paint?
R. I was always interested in any forms of expression. As a teenager, I liked to shoot videos with my old camcorder, make experimental music, but I wasn’t sure about painting because I thought I’m not mature enough (or maybe I simply wasn’t ready). I really enjoyed art lessons at school and even had a chance to be a teacher for one day in the 12th grade. I still don’t know if it’s my temporary passion or just another step closer to something new and undiscovered.
Q. What are you trying to discover? What new things are you trying to bring forth?
R. Every discovery is unknown, but I believe it will lead somewhere – it’s a natural process of growing. In the first place, I think I am searching for a harmony everywhere. Most of my paintings are different, I have experimented with various techniques, so right now I am trying to find my own signature and unique style. It’s a never ending process of learning.
Q. What are the techniques?
R. My favourite technique that works almost everytime is not using a brush at all. I focus on creating a balance between texture and colors. The layers should be not too thick and not too thin. My least favourite paintings were made using brushes – they work for other genres, but not in abstract or expressionism.
Q. So your work falls into those two categories? Why is that?
R. When I started, I felt that abstract and expressionism is my direction. There are a lot of talented artists who paint super-realistic portraits or landscapes, but it’s not for me and I don’t want to be one of them. The main reason for it – it doesn’t excite me. For me, art is a form of mystery and it shouldn’t be logical. Most of the time I don’t even know how to describe my own work and have a lot of unanswered questions, so it’s always fun how other people make their interpretations about my paintings.
Q. Do you feel that art today is becoming more logical?
R. Every generation is different, but the basis remains the same – a desire to create. Nowadays, with the help of technologies, it’s easier to discover young emerging artists and be discovered as well. I think art has become more colorful and more interesting even for nonart people. Everyone can find something for themselves – graffiti, street art, traditional art, performance etc, I see it as more rebellious and more creative.
Q. Has technology helped you tremendously? What have you done differently with it? As far as marketing and promoting of your work?
R. I wouldn’t say that they’ve made a huge impact on something specific, but for me, as an introverted person, it’s much easier to connect with new interesting people and simply share my work. It’s wonderful to feel support.
Q. Do you think there need to be more social media sites geared towards connecting more artists together?
R. Definitely! Even Instagram and Tumblr are perfect for young or established artists. Also, I love that there are a lot of great independent art magazines and online issues, they do a wonderful job connecting artists and art lovers all over the world.
Q. Shifting topics, have you done any exhibitions for your work?
R. I love your questions and this style of conversation! 🙂 I haven’t had any yet. Hopefully, this year I’ll have my first in Lithuania. I have some paintings I am pretty happy about, but for me that’s not enough. Sometimes I am not super productive and can make one painting a month, so I’d to focus on specific series.
Q. How is the whole art scene in Lithuania?
R. It has always been conservative and traditional, but now people are slowly showing more interest in modern art. We have a marvelous Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Vilnius Street Art Festival and a lot of extremely talented and creative people, who have millions of fresh and innovative ideas. So, every year it’s getting better!
Q. Have you traveled to other places for inspiration?
R. I’m not completely sure where exactly my inspiration comes from, but I think it’s mostly from emotions, certain memories or past events. I’m a melancholic and nostalgic person, so painting is some sort of escape and it depends on how I feel and a particular time. Yesterday I finished reading a classic book of Jerome Salinger ‘The Catcher In The Rye’ and somehow I feel a little bit different than before. These little things inspire and change me.
Q. And you take those little things and infuse them into your work?
R. I think this is the way it works naturally. Even small events or one person can change you and the way you see the world. The most powerful thing – an idea. I believe that we already know all the answers without even realizing it. Everything takes time. Every painting requires a lot of energy – usually it’s a combination of anger, disappointment, joy, inspiration, happiness and many other emotions.
Q. As far as painting, what other mediums are you looking to work with?
R. I’d like to start making short films or videos. Every medium has its own potential and advantages, so you can achieve want you really want using different forms of art. As far as I remember, videography has always been something I want to do and I think there’s nothing wrong in switching from one form to another. David Lynch is a wonderful director, screenwriter, musician, author and artists. He just does what he really wants and that freedom makes him great.
Q. What kind of films or videos would you like to create?
R. It can be anything – video blogs, stories about creative people, interviews, short films. The hardest part is to start and find friends who would like to join. From time to time I am filming something, but most of the time I don’t publish it, because I think it’s not good enough. Few years ago we did a little short film I am pretty happy about – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZChhSTWL9rs
Q. Why do you feel it is not good enough?
R. It’s probably because I set high standards for myself. Now I came to a conclusion, that it’s much better to try that not to try.
Q. So trying is a better option for you? Trying to see if you can push yourself?
R. Yes, but it’s hard suddenly change all the habits and start doing things differently. I’m the kind of person who thinks too much and overthinking usually plays against me.
Q. Well here we are, the last question: What are your future ambitions?
R. My ambition is to enjoy everything that I do and be happy with who I am as a person.