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The Winner of the “Amsterdam Showcase” Competition is Luis Torrents and he has won “featured artist promotion” from Global Art Agency. The competition entailed a week-long reveal of parts of an image from our Amsterdam Showcase venue on our Facebook page. Our fans had to guess, which building it was. And impressively Luis guessed the venue “de Oude Kerk” as soon as the world famous organ was shown, we still don’t know how he got it from an organ! Global Art Agency will be showcasing at de Oude Kerk 1st December, 2012.
We hope you enjoy our interview with winner: Luis Torrents
Could you tell us who you are and what you do? My name is Luis Torrents and I’m a Graphic Designer who also paints and works as an Artist. Or should I say an Artist who is also a Graphic Designer?
Please tell us about some of your work? And how do you describe your style? My work is the result of a long search, after a long figurative period, needed of more creative freedom, tired of tyranny of size, proportions, light rules… Found a way to express myself that seems to me more powerful and creative, and trying, mistaking, and trying again, became to this kind of language, which being close to the simple and effective ink stroke that talk to us about orient, but also about the beginning of any work, the first line that starts everything.
My style. It’s not something fixed in time or space, I don’t think it is anything called style yet, may be it will, I don’t know if now I can talk about style but I surely do about the way I feel the empty space and how little by little, step by step, it starts getting filled of shadows and strokes.
Any influences or anyone you look up to when it comes to creating art? Music, I need music to paint, and sometimes the most unexpected thing can be inspiring, the sand , the sea, a stone, a dress in the street, I always have my camera with me, and shoot anything I find. So, there is nothing specifically that I look up. But at the same time I look up to everything.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist? I’ve hand out leaflets in Victoria Station. I’ve sold timesharing apartments in Tenerife, I’ve worked as Art Director at advertising agencies at Tenerife and now in Barcelona, I’ve also served drinks at a Brazilian Pub in Tenerife, Worked at my grandfather bakery at summers long time ago. And now looking to become a full-time… Artist!
What memorable responses have you had to your work? Mario, my eight years old son asked me today if he could buy one of my paintings. He likes them all, but there is one he wants for his room. It’s an old school painting, very large, but very dark. I don’t think he has consulted my wife about it yet…
Name three artists that you most admire, and why? Antonio López, he is an incredible figurative, almost photographic, until you can see a painting close enough to see all the marks, the perspective lines, all the corrections… and then it gets even better. I like Lucien Freud, his paintings are more than the representation of a physic perception, he went deep inside and extracted the soul of everyone he painted. The Japanese’s artists in general, the simplicity of a stroke, the beauty of the emptiness, the praise of the shadow, for example Hokusai.
What is your favorite or most inspirational place? The table of my living room, a cup of espresso, triple, and listening any of Puccini’s operas. In fact any opera of any period, except contemporary. After that, go to the studio with the notebook and trespass the stuff onto the canvas, at, maybe 4000% scale, more or less.
And finally. What advice would you give young aspiring artists? That advice should be given to me, except for the adjective “young”, I’m still aspiring, ja ja ja!!!! But as I said before, work. It’s the always heard phrase, “You better be working when the inspiration gets to you”
Luis Torrents will be exhibiting his work at Barcelona Showcase 14th July at Casa Batlló and will soon also be selling online with Global Art Agency Gallery. For Barcelona Showcase Review and Barcelona Showcase feedback click here.
To view the work of Luis Torrents please check: www.luistorrents.blogspot.com