Juan Márques is an artist living in Gran Canaria
- What is your definition of painting?
I haven’t got a single definition for painting, but I would say that art and its several disciplines are an equation that needs an “spectator” on the other side in order the message is completed.
At the same time, painting is a heroic endeavor nowadays, as the latest avant garde movements died.
- What do you think of the collectors of your paintings?
A father always wants his children to be in good hands, so I say to my collectors I’m excited they trust in my work again and again. Their support keeps me going and helps me to not worry about the work that it’s, more or less, far away from me.
- As a writer, what’s your biggest appreciation?
That’s impossible to answer. It’s like breaking a node and letting all the fish goes away. Writers sew a network of knowledge about various sensibilities and being able to incorporate all of them in order is a strike of luck. One must leads to the others and these one to the first.
Like a good harvest, you’ll be able to recognize the positive outcome.
- Which ones are your three contemporary painting references?
That’s also impossible, but, understanding an effort is asked, I would say:
- Van Gogh
But I can make 100 different lists with other artists and even without naming those three.
- Is technique hard for you?
Technique overlaps with the pictorial fact you want to express. It hurts because it’s not visible; you have to go for it. On the way and looking at the results; that’s where the happiness of the wounded for a good cause lies.
- Where did you learn your technique? Did you learn it in school?
It’s a combination of factors. In my case, it’s pure research, but I’m only half conscious of it.
At the end, technique lays below the result, which is more than the sum of the factors. Eating leads you to discover the flavors and that’s how you learn to cook. See anyone else cooking leads you to repetition.
- One last question, are you a happy man?
Happiness is not a state in which you can stay. One enters and exits and exits and enters again. In full creative state, you might stay happy a bit longer than usual. But I wouldn’t call it happiness. In any case, it’s ecstasy or enriched loneliness. It’s like fluidizing with the whole and/or admiring the “other side”, with all the vertigo and the gift within.