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Interview on whohub

What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?

I paint and draw as it is a passion that has been in me for more years than I can imagine. I am a creative and original artist and I enjoy using all mediums and media to illustrate my ideas. My style for the past 35 years is Contemporary Tribal Surrealism. I am a well travelled person and enjoy different cultures and interacting with people from different countries regardless of the language barriers. People call me adventerous, nomadic and a free spirit. What I enjoy most is placing colour in the blank space with balance, energy, composition, humour and entertainment. I enjoy painting and I most enjoy finding and then selling my work to the owner of the work and creating a relationship with him or her.

What is your message?

Live life intensly, work a lot constructively, eat well, reflect on life and ask many questions but be patient for the answers. Enjoy every minute here as it was prepared for you to use wisely. It is for free but respect Creation as you are but a guest in this wonder beyond your imagination.

Your biography in four lines.

Born from the East and educated in the West. Travelled throughout the planet and lived in many countries interating with all kinds of people. Loves to chat, bargain, barter and have fun at all times. Keeping my balance between work and play is important and painting is my challenge. Transfering the energy within me to my canvas is what I do.

Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?

Yes I do. My work can be seen in the following links:

  • www.bernardrangel.com
  • http://www.artreview.com/profile/BernardRangel
  • http://www.artbreak.com/Bernard+Rangel
  • http://bernardrangel.spaces.live.com
  • http://www.youtube.com/I4CUCXY

How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?

The desire to make a creative and original work of art with life in it. Creation itself is my insipiration, all of it here and in the beyond. It's simple complexity leaves me breathless. Much like the texture of a butterfly's wing with it powdered colour wings, amazing purposeful magic Man is unable to make.

What is art?

To me art is a work (music, play, painting, poem, dance etc.) that inspires another person to go get up and do or make something constructive.

When do you get your best ideas?

When I want to achieve something really impossible, like exchanging paintings for a car.

How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?

This is obvious. I have a gut feeling that the idea is good and when a person wants to have it then that confirms my gut feeling.

When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?

The thought occured when I was 11 however when I created my own style at 15 I was convinced I had something interesting to offer the world. I also saw the opportunity of Picasso and Dali aging in the 70's and realised there would be a vacancy.

Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?

There are governing forces in the material world restricted to time and space that do not exist in the ethereal. This frustrates the artist and creative people as they have a foot and a three quarters in the ethereal and little more than their toes in the material and normal world. Their need to leave the ethereal is what gets them really on edge.

How should a work of art be evaluated?

By the life it contains within and the energy it perpetuates.

Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?

A very personal detail for each one. I do not believe in the need to reinvent myself. I believe in being consistent and constructive to be able to achieve the objective of being an artist.

Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?

The first was Michelangelo Buonarotti who inspired me to appreciate composition. Then came Pablo Picasso and he gave me food for thought on overcoming the difficulties of being an artist. Salvador Dali opened my mind to opening minds. Max Ernst threw down the glove as a challenge for giving life to the "white space". Benvenuto Cellini's book, "My Life" was the cornerstone for me. His example was inspiring and he showed me that art is life itself and how we must protect the skill we have against all opposition or malicious mind. Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison saved me from myself and showed the me the path away from self consumption as creativity must be treasured. And finally to this list comes Bob Marley who wrote philosophy and gave it music too.

What do you think about public funding for the arts?

Necessary as it creates an opportunity for other players to participate in the phenomenon of artistic expression.

Is art necessary?

Definitely as it is the expression of Man at his most creative and constructive essence.

Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?

No, as the sale of a work creates a space for another to be created and fill the vacancy.

Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?

I believe that the work of art is purchased as it is a constant. It is pretty difficult for the artist to be as perfect, as the artist is human and always in transformation. Indeed, the artist's energy is definitely bought, as that moment of creativity should be contained and encapsulated in the work.

In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?

If the artist is doing his or her work propely then it is the artist that is the guide, as the work comes first and then the admirers play catch up; as they indiviidually wake up to the smell of burning napalm passing through their lives. Like I said the artist lives in the ehtereal and not the material world, and as the ethereal is lighter in essence than physical matter it has to come first and then it is manifest in the material world and appreciated by the masses.

What role have the figures of art dealer, gallery owners, representatives, and intermediaries in general played in your career?

None to date. I am still waiting for them to smell the burning napalm. In fact their negative attitude towards me has only inspired me to work even more and I sympathize with their fear of the unknown.

What types of jobs do you usually do?

The ones that pay me.

Which of your jobs or tasks do you most enjoy?

The ones that pay me the most.

Do you personally collect any items?

Yes, I collect works from people that have manifested concepts of interest to me and I also collect works from artists I personally know. I either buy the works or exchange their works for mine.

Which websites do you frequently visit? 

Google, Wikipedia and Amazon

What advice would you give to those just beginning?

Ignore negative attitudes to your work, experiment and produce a lot. Look outside your "Ego" as you are but a milli-second within a millenium and as important as a dung beetle to Creation.

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