Interview with artist Breck Young - 1.part

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul. Today we will visit the palette of amazing artist Breck Young, his world, his soul... dear surreal cupcakes, enjoy reading.

Hello dear Breck, tell us a little about you and how did you find the artist inside you. How long have you been doing art?
My name is Breck Young and I’m a 42 year old artist living in rural western Massachusetts with my girlfiend Ingrid, our dog Moxie, and an assortment of tropical fish.  I’ve been doing art in one form or another my whole life. I would say art really found me and it’s always been my favorite way to express myself. My real joy lies in painting, specifically oil painting, which I’ve been been doing on and off since I took my first painting class in college.

What was / is your major influences? Other artists, books, movies, music or any other media....What inspires you to create your artworks?

From an early age I’ve been drawn to sci fi and horror movies and my earliest drawings that I can remember were of monsters and elaborate battle scenes with various types of aliens, mutant barbarians, and other fantastical warriors and creatures. As an adult much of my work is inspired by my personal demons and satirical takes on world events, pop culture, and a general fondness for the absurd. Given these motivations and my proclivity towards dark and surreal humor I have to give a lot of credit to Gary Larson’s The Far Side. I wouldn’t say I get a lot of direct influence from any one artist but rather I tend to subconsciously assimilate what I see and hear in the world around me and twist those ideas and images to make them my own. I’m inspired by the creative genius of artists like Francis Bacon and modern wizards like Chris Mars, Larkin, Jeff Christensen and Buddy Nestor (to name a few).

How does "a normal day of artist" in your life look like?

It’s  usually a solitary and uneventful existence. I’m a bit of a recluse .When I’m not painting I spend a lot of time looking at art online and watching those same kind of horror and sci fi movies I liked so much as a kid looking for bits of inspiration. I also spend a lot of time networking online with other artists. Sites like facebook and deviantart have been invaluable tools for me in gaining exposure and meeting lots of fellow artists and admirers of art.

What medium do you most often use and why?

I love the consistency and slow drying time of oil paints.  I’m always pushing myself to experiment and go beyond my comfort zone and oils are forgiving enough to allow me to do that.

How would you describe your surreal style? What themes do you pursue?

I’m an intuitive painter and it’s very rare that I use much in the way of references. I believe with surrealism the more that comes from internal sources the better. I tend to see a lot of surrealists who have brilliant technical skills but their subject matter relies heavily on simple juxtapositions.  For me the best surrealists continually push the boundaries of physical possibilities and the work has an ethereal dream-like (or nightmarish) quality.  It’s hard for me to put my art in a specific category because I try to utilize a broad array of subject matter that I approach from different perspectives. I painted quite a few pieces that aren’t surrealistic at all (or, if they are, only by the broadest definition).  Mostly my work gravitates towards dark surrealism but today there are so many genres and sub-genres I’m not quite sure where on the spectrum most of my stuff belongs.

What fascinates you the most about surrealism? What "surreal art"  means to you as an artist?
I probably answered this in the last question.

What do you love most about creating? What does “being creative” mean to you?

For me, being creative means purging my subconscious in a way that other people will hopefully find relatable or interesting (preferrably both).  I find painting to be equal parts frustration and catharcism. I don’t believe my work will ever hold mass appeal and that’s fine. The biggest reward comes through striking a chord with a few  kindred spirits who perhaps see the world through lenses similar to my own.

Can you describe your typical workflow / artistic process when you’re working on your art?

I struggle with patience and finding the proper tempo. I tend to paint quickly and I often find myself skipping around the canvas in an effort to get all of my ideas out at once.  Other times I compulsively obssess over minor details that nobody besides myself will ever notice.  I suppose the way I paint reflects as much about me as what I paint.  Right now I’m struggling to relax and loosen up so the creative juices can flow more freely.  Despite my technical struggles, ultimately I find painting more pleasurable than painful which is good news for me as I wouldn’t do it otherwise.

What is your personal favorite artwork from your portfolio and why?

Jolly the Devilishly Delightful Dancing Imp.  It‘s a very simple idea based on a cartoonish character from tattoo flash I drew in the early 90’s. I consider Jolly to be a pretty accurate reflection of my own psyche. I don’t think it‘s my best art but it‘s certainly one of my favorites.

Where do you see yourself in the future? Professionally, what’s your goal?

I’ve never been one to predict the future, but naturally I have a desire to be recognized and respected as a legitimate peer by the guys and gals out there doing similar work beyond the dark fringes of the mainstream.  By nature I’m a self-deprecating pessimist but I do feel confident about my future growth as an artist and I have faith and pride in what I create.

Thank you dear Breck for an amazing interview and no, no no, we are not finished yet!:) Dear friends, stay tuned, the 2.part of this interview is coming soon ♥.