Ivana Brázdová is a painter from the Czech Republic. She has been painting full time since 2017. She uses oil and acrylic colors and in abstraction, she combines more mediums together and plays with techniques. Her work is diverse but at the same time characterized by rich shades of colors, which are the main dominant in her paintings. The richness of the colors evokes a pleasant atmosphere, mood, or emotion in each image she paints.
The unconstrained style and motif depict the different moods of the author’s heart, which she tries to transfer onto her works. Some paintings are almost comparable to photographs, as they are painted without noticeable brush strokes, in contrast to images that are more impressionist. Even this inconsistency characterizes her work.
Through acts, Ivana wants to point out the female energy and provocative sensuality. A sunset, a boat at sea or a colorful landscape affects the interior of the image observer, bringing harmony and connection to the depicted place. The paintings with dancing motifs strongly resonate with the environment in which the painter likes to spend her free time. Abstracts include motifs from Eastern philosophies or cubism. Her inspiration is also abstract painter Jackson Pollock.
Hi Ivana! Thank you for sharing all this information with our readers at 123art! The first question is probably the most asked by many: At what age have you started making art and what motivated you to keep going?
Ivana: I’ve been enjoying painting since childhood, but at that time I didn’t use to devote my time to it consistently, as I do now. My grandmother is a painter, so I was surrounded by art from an early age. Eight years ago, I felt a strong urge to get into painting so I attended some workshops and my interest for painting started to grow. At that time, I created my first oil canvas paintings, but it was impossible for me to paint full time because of my primary job. Nevertheless, in 2017 I decided to reorganize my working life and I made the decision to create enough space for painting in my life. I have never regretted this decision because it is still my dream.
My motivation to keep going is mostly the feelings I get during painting. It is like therapy and relaxation, also people’s critical views of my art and their positive responses, for example, when they decide to buy my art.
What is most challenging working with acrylic, and what are the advantages?
Ivana: I like working with acrylic when I paint abstractions. I can layer colors on top of each other and the outcome is different in comparison to oil colors. Acrylic colors dry very quickly, the colors don’t mix and I can play with layering. I mostly use this technique when I create spontaneous paintings. Nevertheless, different types of paintings require different types of techniques. So I prefer to use oil colors when I like to take my time to create a painting according to my imagination.
What about your style? You say you’re influenced by Jackson Pollock. Why? And who are some other artists you are inspired by?
Ivana: I realized that I don’t want to be a representative of some specific style because I need to feel free in my creation. My work is diverse but at the same time characterized by rich shades of colors. In my paintings, abstractions, I inspired myself by the technique of Jackson Pollock because I wanted to create something different from my usual pieces (which are usually painted according to plan, exact brush strokes, I follow an idea in my head). Spontaneous painting is different. I do it until I reach a meaningful result. For example, in my last big abstraction, I created a galactic explosion, and in the other one field lines. In my pieces, there must be seen more than lines or shapes.
My most favorite artist is unconditionally Fabian Perez. The technique, style, motifs …. When I saw his paintings for the first time, I had goosebumps. I would like to be inspired by him in the future.
What is a day of working like in your studio? Do you have any rituals that help you get motivated or in “the zone”?
Ivana: Yes, I have one ritual and it is music. Every time I paint I listen to “The most Beautiful Spanish Chillout”. After that, I can get into the inspirational mood even deeper. When I work on something, I am out of time and reality. Sometimes it’s like I’m in a time loop 😊.
How long does it take for you to finish one art piece, approximately? And how many hours per week do you draw on average?
Ivana: I usually finish abstract paintings in a few hours. In case of oil paintings, more difficult ones, it takes me a few days. Sometimes I paint every day, sometimes once a month. It depends on my inspiration, mood… For me, it is necessary to have a break from time to time, to be able to enjoy it and do it again with passion.
How do you see the inspiration for your work growing and changing?
Ivana: My inspiration for my work grows and changes while I am working. I found myself doing exactly what I am doing now. I also found my own way, and I would like to keep it because it makes me really happy. I wish for the others to enjoy my paintings too.
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art? And what is the message you are trying to give with your art?
Ivana: Through my paintings, I wish to provoke some feelings, emotions in the observer. Some of the feelings could be harmonic, melancholic, passionate even…. When I paint I go through a palette of rich emotions, so I would like to transfer these feelings to the others … Everyone has an authentic first impression, I am happy when I evoke people’s feelings with my art.
It is time for the big question now: what is your biggest dream for your art career?
Ivana: The first thought which comes to my mind: is to meet the painter Fabian Perez 😊. Also, to be part of a big famous exhibition where I could sell my art. I would love to grow as an artist and enjoy the journey towards my dreams because in my opinion, we spend the longest time on our journey to the goal. Reaching our goal or dream represents just a very short part, it is a simple point in time compared to our journey there.
What memorable responses have you had to your work?
Ivana: The most valuable responses are my sold paintings because when somebody is able to pay and invest in art, then the painting must have some added value for the buyer. For me, this is like a ‘hidden’ positive response. The biggest critic of my paintings is my husband, and I like that because it pushes me to do better and shows me different points of view.
What is the best way to reach people that are interested in your art?
Ivana: In my case, people can reach my art through exhibitions in online galleries in my country, and from time to time I do small local exhibitions. Also, I have a Facebook page for those who are interested in my art and an Instagram account.
What are you currently working on and what’s next on the horizon?
Ivana: I would like to have an exhibition in our capital, Prague. So I am looking for ways to achieve that, whom to collaborate with, etc. And according to that, I would like to create new paintings. One motif should be an abstraction and another idea that I have comes from a topic called “mood” . It includes variations of paintings expressing some mood. I am still thinking about other ideas, motifs, so I let them come to me in a spontaneous way….
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