Eric Hubbes

Born in: 1988, London, UK

Lives in: Cologne, Germany

Media: Painting, Watercolor, Mixed media, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Colourful, expressionist, surrealist

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The Garden - Acrylic/mixed media on canvas 143 x 155 cm

“Everything you can imagine is real.” - Pablo Picasso
"The meaning for me is that reality alone does not exist but innombrable sources of reality."

What themes does your work involve?
I see my work as a medium to get in contact with my subconscious and my spirituality. What you will very often find in my paintings are spiral forms and eyes, but all themes could be found or will be because my eyes are wide open to the world around me.
Describe your creative process.
There is no real plan. I work very spontaneously and let myself be guided by my feelings at the time and orientate myself through the evolving shapes, forms and colours that I create. I regain control of the painting to find a balance between aestheticism and the forms I created. My work is finished when it feels like home. It can also happen that I have an idea that I want to put on paper. As soon as the idea is drawn, I continue to follow the process described above.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Art is a part of me, of my well being. I love to communicate through forms and colours. As long as I can remember drawing and painting were my way to grasp with the world around me. Everything can inspire me, and painting is also a way to externalize all pains and beauties that I feel or see. I need art to stay well balanced.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
Good art is defined by the relation between composition, colours and forms. Uniqueness and originality are also important. But the love and care involved in the artwork are paramount.
What is the role of the artist today?
Art should function as innocent, fearless, open and as a multi-sided form of communication. The artist has to show what freedom is because his mind and spirit are or should be free from all sorts of constraints like politics, religion, oppression. He plays a role of deliverance in our very complicated world and opens a world of fantasy sometimes, or a world of resistance.

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