Hello dear surreal cupcakes, today we will continue to talk to artist Breck Young, yay! :) If you have missed the 1.part, please, find it here.
What toughest challenges have you faced as an artist during your art career?
The same things as most artists, I imagine. I don’t make much money so most of the household financial burden falls squarely on the shoulder of my very supportive girlfriend, Ingrid. I also struggle with depression so maintaining momentum can be a battle on the many mornings I wake up feeling very little in the way of inspiration or motivation.
What’s your background? Are you self-taught artist or did you study art?
I studied the fundamentals and got a Bachelor of Arts in painting from the University of Delaware, but that being said I consider myself primarily self-taught...if that makes any sense.
a) If you have study art: What issues do you see with today’s art schools? How can they be improved? Do you think an art education is important or imperitive for anybody wishing to be an artist?
I graduated almost 20 years ago and I didn’t go to an art school specifically, so I’m not qualified to answer that question. I will say that my favorite artists tend to be self-taught and they appear to be doing just fine.
b) If you are self-taught artist: What are some of the advantages and disadvantages that you have encountered throughout your career without the formal training of the Art Academy?
One thing I distinctly remember that was not taught to me and I assume would be an issue for many self-taught artists is the practical business end of art as a career.
What’s the best and worst advice you ever received in your art career?
Probably the best advice I’ve heard is that it is always best to know the rules before you decide to break them. As far as bad advice goes, a friend of mine was once told by a mutual professor to treat being an artist as any other job with a 9 to 5, 40 hour a week structured job. I don’t even know that it was bad advice, but most of the artists I know don’t thrive like that. Creativity ebbs and flows and there might be weeks where you hardly ever leave the studio and then there can be stagnant periods when there’s nothing. I believe artist‘s block is every bit as real as writer’s block.
What do you dislike about the art world? What is the hardest thing on being an artist? Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
It’s difficult knowing that making a living often hinges on the right timing and arbitrary trends and that financial and critical success can be based on a few influential and subjective opinions. The aspect of the art world I most despise is the notion an artist can become so lofty and famous that a factory full of apprentices can create the pieces but with a simple signature the taskmaster receives the acclaim. There should be a personal intimate connection between art and the artist. I also don’t like how much knowing the right people in the right places affects the value of an artist and their work. I think being an artist can be a very lonely life unless you happen to work in a studio with other artists, or perhaps if you are actively involved in a thriving local art scene.
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
I think some day I’d like to explore sculpture. Maybe with wood.
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others? Maybe advice for beginning artists out there?
Don’t get frustrated when your technical skills don’t immediately do justice to your ideas. You can learn technique but creative talent is an inherent gift. Keep believing in yourself and eventually you’ll find the people who were meant to appreciate your work.
Your favorite quote is ...
"I yam what I yam and that’s all that I yam." -Popeye
What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?
I network, I watch horror and sci fi movies, I write Jack Handey type bits of surrealistic humor online, I always enjoy a good crossword puzzle, I like taking my dog for walks on nice days, I’m partial to a good IPA and I have a lot of fun raising my fish to be good aquarium citizens.
Do you have an online portfolio or a blog where we can view your work?
Currently the best place to view my work is on my personal facebook page or my facebook art page, Breck Young Artwork.
Is there anything else you’d like to say? Is there any project you are working on right now or any ongoing event or exhibition you would like to share with our readers?
I’ve been painting a good deal but really slacking on applying to shows lately, so nope! Thanks for taking an interest in my art as well as my 2 cents :D
Thank you dear Breck for an awesome interview, it was a pleasure to meet you. Already looking forward to see your new works and visions ♥