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Gloenn is a German artist who grew up in a village where his brother, cousin and himself were full of mischief. They never took anything in life too seriously, and this still remains the same today. When he was a kid all he wanted to do was to have fun and goof around. Later, he started a metal band with his cousin and brother, but they always faced one problem; whenever they tried to make a song they would all just pick up an instrument and start playing. So, instead of metal music it was more like overdriven punk music, but it was still a lot of fun. Eventually they started to develop and Gloenn is still in the band (called “Brainpoor”) today. He also plays in two other bands, “Balls of a Mammoth” and “Suffelicious”.
Aside from the experiences with his band members, meeting the love of his life at a metal-festival has also greatly influenced his art. Gloenn has said that from the second that he met his love they were on the same wavelength. She is just as wild has he is, but has brought him to think more about his life and makes everything appear more real.
Gloenn believes that there are many experiences in his life that have shaped both himself and his art to make him the man he is today. From all of these he has taken away the idea that his life and his art are not planned. The future will come soon enough so why try to expect what is coming? He doesn’t plan what he does from piece to piece, he just starts his art process and the rest comes as he goes. This makes his work highly unpredictable and all the more enjoyable to ponder over.
ToonariPost (TP): How and when did you first start practicing your art (are you traditionally trained or self-taught)?
Gloenn (G): As long as I can remember it was always fun to me when I had a pen in my hand. I can remember that I always drew little faces and stick figures everywhere. Later the borders of my school papers were my main drawing area. This was all only a lot of scribbling.
I started practicing purposefully when I was 13/14 years old, when I had the dream to become a tattoo-artist. I noticed that was not as free on skin as on canvas or paper with my art, so I gave up practicing with my tattoo-machine and started practicing traditional art on paper and canvas more.
TP: What mediums do you use for your art work? Which is your favorite and why?
G: For my work I use different mediums and I’m always trying out new mediums, but mostly, I work with watercolors, acryl, markers and ballpoint. My favorite is watercolor, because of its great characteristics. I love how it looks and the unexpected textures one can create with it. Besides watercolor, my new favorites are UV-reactive colors. I simply love things glowing under a blacklight.
TP: What piece of your work is your favorite and why? Which one are you most proud of?
G: My favorite work at this moment is “cthulhu” because it’s the first work I did on canvas, I would never sell this one. The question about which one I’m most proud of is hard to answer. I’m proud of every piece I create, but there is no one in particular that I am most proud of. I think I will need a lot more practicing till I create a work that makes me completely proud. I believe this is an aim I will never reach because there is always something that can be done better.
TP: How would you describe your artistic style?
G: This is a difficult question. It’s always difficult for me to describe my own work and to put it in a genre. I think this is easier for an onlooker. I don’t know whether my art fits in the field of surrealism or maybe to psychedelic art genre. I would call it splashy-splatter-pied-imagination-monster-chaos-…-style.
Image Courtesy of Gloenn