The Art Behind The Art
Hi, I am Vladislas and I’ll tell you here a bit more about my art. All my work is done free hand; I just draw and paint what I see, as I see it and I feel for it. It is just me with pen and paper.
A few years ago I began producing a fairly large body of work in pencils and graphite of various grades over a period of two and half years, mainly about landscapes of Great Britain. I then moved on to colour work using a watercolour set that was given to me as a present and I began to paint in colour until today, building an extensive portfolio of paintings.
But before I talk further about my art, I would like to explain what drives me when I draw: I put a great emphasis on “graphism”.
Graphism is what I consider to be a unique fundamental language particularly critical with pencil work where everything needs to be expressed with lines, dots, dashes and all manners of leaving a trace of graphite on the paper in order to convey a translation, an understanding of the various elements composing the subject matter witnessed by the artist.
For example, when I draw trees I aim to draw them as if even a forester could recognise and name the type of tree that he sees in my picture. If I draw a wall, the viewer should be able to understand without effort whether it is a stone wall, a brick wall, a pebble dashed wall, an old wall, a new wall, etc. For me, every component in a picture should be depicted with precise information so that the viewer can understand every object, plant, building, tree, stream, time of the day, season of the year, etc. It doesn‘t mean that I necessarily succeed but with such aim, it forces me to achieve a better definition of everything in the picture rather than give a vague idea of a view. Everything has a character and an identity of its own. In my view this identity has to be respected so that it can be recognised and understood by the viewers.
About my pencil work
In my drawings, I release not only my passion for powerful light and highly contrasted sceneries but I specially expressed the importance of details. I worked on each subject trying to translate my understanding of details and the fabric of every object with accurate “Graphism” which I am very passionate about.
Graphism is like translating a language into another one: From a visual one into a graphic one. A language that the viewer will understand without needing any additional explanations from the artist or anyone else that might claim to be able to interpret the artist’s work.
My practice of extreme graphism or the precision of graphic information is what attracts viewers to looks more closely. This objective demands great care and fastidiousness but above all, some uncompromising patience to achieve the utmost accuracy that is required to translate the shapes, size and proportions of everything details that populate the subject matter. The result is that the viewer is instantly drawn within the timeless frame and remains absorbed in it for as long as he wishes. My expectation of pleasure to see the viewer enthralled into my artworks, sharing my passion, is my driving force, my anticipated reward that has kept me going through the painstakingly challenging works that I do.
About my watercolour work
After a period of pencil work, I was urged to move on to work in colour but I was reluctant to do any brush work as my early attempts in my teenage years had been, from my point of view, very discouraging.t But I did move on to colour work using the watercolours and brushes offered as a gift. With this medium, I aimed to particularly carry a true-to-life colour and contrast conveyance. I have since then produced a large body of paintings which are built with strong layers of paint, pushed, saturated to extreme, almost with complete opacity, much the opposite of the very nature of this medium which make my watercolours rather poles apart from the usual works of that nature.
In my work I have been inspired by a variety of photographic references but, in my opinion, photographs, no matter how beautiful they are, are not enough to represent what only the hand and mind of an artist can express. Photographs are only a springboard of inspiration that leads towards the depiction of a subject in an artistic manner. A skilful pencil-work or brushwork and careful use of colour, contrasts, mixed with understanding and powerful personal sense of light finally produce a handcrafted work that goes beyond that of a mechanical one. None of my work is traced or aided by any technical machine or tool to produce it; there is no need. I work entirely ‘free hand’ as I see it in my own mind. This is where an artwork becomes completely separated from photographic references and therefore photography can only be a part of a development of a work of Art, not its representation or its destination.
I do not aim to depict a world in which the viewer wishes he could live in… what I draw or paint IS the world that he lives in and that he knows very well. I wish for my work to be evocative. I hope I have succeeded.