name: Christian
surname: Edler
year of birth: 1982
country: Germany


by reality-must-die


Q1: When did you start making art?
I think the first serious drawings i did at the age of 12. I liked to draw before but more in a playful way. Later i tried selfportraits and first attempts of realistic drawing.

Q2: What does inspire you?
Many things…Sometimes music, paintings from other artists, especially Zdzislaw Beksinski. I adore his work! Sometimes it’s just a single word that inspires me to a new painting.

Q3: What are your techniques?
Drawing with mechanical and normal pencils mixed with ink and oil painting with glazing.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
Mostly feelings i experenced or still experience myself: desperation, anxiety, anger…

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
My paintings often contain grey and brown tones. But honestly i don’t know why. I dont really choose them on purpose. Also i like to use blue because it’s cold and easily depicts loneliness and eeriness.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I would like to paint more realistic and with a deeper contrast of light and shadow, similar to the style of Caravaggio or de la Tour. I’m slowly trying to learn old masters techniques but i’m sure i will never reach the professional level of these virtuosos.

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
Sure, MORE paintings! 🙂 And an exhibition, maybe…

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of reality-must-die.
I think the three words this nick-name consists of are pretty self-explaining? 😉

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
Hm… i could send you a link to one of my first drawings, not THE first drawing. HERE
I drew this in 1997 with ordinary pencils and i liked castles a lot at the time. I also wanted to catch the mood of a cold spring morning but wasn’t quite successful here… 🙂

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
Nearly everything… The grade of realism, the topics, the technique, the preparations…

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Both, definately! But it’s also a wonderful way to tell without speaking. Art is the most beautiful way of communication that humanity could ever have invented.


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