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name: Björn
surname: Griesbach
year of birth: sometime in the 80s
country: Germany


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by tunglmyrkvi


Q1: When did you start making art?
When I was about 3 years old I travelled by air for the first time. I was scared out of my wits, so an attentive stewardess gave me a sketch block and some coloured pencils to calm my nerves. It worked. I’ve been drawing ever since.

Q2: What does inspire you?
I have a passion for mythology, folklore and the human psyche, which more often that not influences my themes and imagery. When drawing I always listen to music to get myself in the right mood.

Q3: What are your techniques?
Lately, my tools of the trade are graphite pencils and fluid acrylics. Most things are assembled and altered digitally afterwards.

Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
In most of my recent works I tried to combine contemporary images with fairytale-like or dream-like elements to give seemingly mundane subjects a somewhat otherworldly appeal. As far as interpretations go, I want everyone to take their own meaning from them.

Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I like to keep my colour palette minimal, limiting myself to muted natural colours. I feel like it provides a sense of nostalgia and bygone times which I find very soothing.

Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
Being able to draw more loosely, as my propensity to perfectionism is not always a virtue.

Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I’m planning to get my teeth into critical illustration for a while to explore its communicative and satirical potential.

Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of tunglmyrkvi.
Translation: lunar eclipse

Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
My early works are mainly portrait drawings for which I don’t have links anymore. This HERE, however, is the first conceptual illustration I got out there, depicting the process of human self-exploration. Done in pencil, assembled and coloured digitally.

Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
From being a portrait artist focusing on the detailed depiction of human subjects I have evolved into a conceptual visual artist fascinated by complex and abstract ideas.

Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
An easier and more pleasant way of communication. (For me, anyway…)

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