Renar : you may not know this name for the moment but I am sure that you will soon. This young artist from Tours (France) is a solid blend between talent and creativity. He has invented his own style : “The Scrub”
Interview with the man who mixes the art school bans and the art classics:
S : Could you make us a brief presentation of you and your work ?
My name is Renar , I am 27 and I am french . I ‘ve been started since 3 years now, after having studied in a school of applied art and a brief experience in the advertising industry.
S: Tell us about your work , how do you proceed?
At that time , I used to realize fast acrylic portraits for some friends. And one day, to recover a mistake caused by a bad move that I have made , I decided to scrub the paint. Directly, I thaught it was interesting and started to use this technique on the new portraits I was creating.
First of all, I draw an esquisse with a pen. Then I paint with black acrylic using a beleved brush in order yet to create some realistic effects. I also use dry brushes that I have never clean to stamp the black paint. It gives this kind of grey woof that is necessary to make my portraits more real. To finish comes the cutter. I scrub the paint with it to recover the white paper, to remove errors or to create an effect that makes the paper « alive ».
S : What is your definition of « Art »?
I don’t think I can give a real definition of Art. But for me , to be an artist is a permanent research made with pain and a perpetual questioning, often unanswered… even if my works are really figurative , I am always questioning and challenging myself.
S : Do you have any inspiration sources ? Painters , musicians or other artists ?
Some painters, such as Gutter (Toulouse), Kadir Nelson (U.S), Pierre Soulages and my friend Huit (Tours).
S : You mostly work in black and white , why ? Because of the effect it delivers?
I love working in black and white because the contrast gives a direct impact, even if the black is not really black…
S : Which portrait did you enjoy the most to work on so far?
It is hard to say… I always find pleasure in each portrait, but only after many hours of work. The beginnings are generally quite delicate and painfull. I really start to enjoy when I clearly see the face stand out from the paper.
S : A last word for the Londoners who don’t know you very well?
I hope to be in touch with you all soon!
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