Here's our interview with artist Agnes Parcesepe “Agili” from Melbourne Australia...
Please describe your artwork style
Unusual , because I have few.
What’s your background?
Hungarian , raised in Serbia and then Australia.
How long have you been an artist?
Who or what are your biggest influences?
The Nature that surrounds us, like the colours, shapes, tones, moods, reflections of the sky, rivers, flowers, birds and everything that we can see with our eyes and The Old Masters.
How have you developed your career?
By coming up with an idea that hasn’t been done before and working extra hard to create some unusual pieces of art work.
Where do you create your work?
At my home studio.
What do you feel is the role of the artist in society?
To help young and old express what they have inside their heart and head . To show them joy in this harsh world. Also to help the underprivileged with our time by listening and showing them that they don’t need much to show what they can do.
What techniques / mediums do you use?
I paint in watercolour, oil, acrylic, ink, pastel, charcoal, but the one that is most unique is my City Scenes that I create with silk, fabric, ribbons and various beads. I was privileged to get international recognition for coming up with this idea.
Which is more important to you, the subject of your painting, or the way it is executed?
Both are very important to me .
How do you feel when you are letting your emotions loose on the canvas?
I feel that I am in another world totally focused on what is hidden in my soul.
What project are you working on now?
I have been nominated and out of 144,000 won professional of the year 2017 and 2018 in USA for fine arts and now have a project of combining my city scenes that I have created that is going to be featured and shown on Wall St. Billboards soon . Once in a lifetime privilege and opportunity. Also I’m working on my own Bibliophile Limited Edition book with about 250 images of my work which is being printed soon in London.
Any current or up-coming exhibitions?
Yes I am invited to exhibit in Italy soon.
Where do you find your ideas for your work?
By observing the things that surrounds me and by seeing the different times and moods of the day that are out everywhere. Also what is in my head .
Is there an artwork you are most proud of? Why?
Yes ,nearly all of my City scenes. I love them because they convey the mood of the City. High Moon, early sunrise, Stormy skies, hot sunset and much more.
How do you know when a work is finished?
It is finished when I look at it and it sings, the whole painting is connected by the right tones and colours and when I stand back it has a WOW factor.
What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
Yes , It is important to have good Paper for water colour. I use Handmade Thick Paper and I couldn’t paint evenly without my Kolinsky Sable brushes and good watercolour Paints . It is important to have the best materials if you are serious with your art, no matter what medium.
Is there an element of art you enjoy working with most? Why?
I enjoy my watercolours because you can create some magic with it . I love seeing the colours run into each other . Also love my City scenes and finding the right colour fabric to build my Cities.