Interview with surreal artist Helmut Plümacher

Hello dear surreal cupcakes, its hard times for the dreamers, but we can still jump to the right holes like Alice from Wonderland and hide from reality in places full of imagination and fantasy. Today we will runaway from reality together with awesome surreal artist Helmut Plümacher, psssst...don´t be affraid, close the eyes and jump!
 
Hello dear Helmut, tell us a little about you and how did you find the artist inside you. How long have you been doing art?
 
My mother had a big influence for me, she was a hobby-artist. So I began early and painted the first oil-color painting at the age of 10 years (1961), but the real beginning of serious painting and drawing started at the age of 18 when i saw more paintings from the big surrealists like Dalí, Magritte and others.
 
 
 
What was / is your major influences? Other artists, books, movies, music or any other media....What inspires you to create your artworks?
 
Two things are always important for me as an artist, the love of nature, plants, animals and landscapes and naturally the pictures of many other artist that fascinate me.
 
How does "a normal day of artist" in your life look like?
 
My normal day of artist looks like the day of any other people who has to work for earning money and only the evening and a part of the night is determinated for working as an artist. I love it to have this regular time for working every day if it is possible.
 
What medium do you most often use and why?
 
My favorite medium is painting with oil colors on canvas because there is nothing better to create fantastic new realities and impressive pictures. This tecnique is classical and for hundreds of years approved.
 
 
 
How would you describe your surreal style? What themes do you pursue?

I like it to show a real scene extended and upgraded with surreal elements. So it results a more intensive sight of reality or a new „surreality“. My themes are changing, anything that is on mind can lead to new visions.
 
What fascinates you the most about surrealism? What "surreal art" means to you as an artist?
 
Surrealism uses often parts of reality, of normal life, connecting it in a surprising form, frequently not understandable in first moment but then starting new, unknown feelings and thoughts. So surreal art is really enriching our lifes.
 
What do you love most about creating? What does “being creative” mean to you?
 
Creating is speaking to other humans in a universal language. Beeing creative is is my way of life, my way of thinking my favorite occupation.
 
Can you describe your typical workflow / artistic process when you’re working on your art?
 
First I´m thinking about a good main idea what is worth to be painted. Then I think about the size and start drawing. Later I start underpainting and adding details. Then there are many modifications until the whole painting is convincing me.
 
 
 
What is your personal favorite artwork from your portfolio and why?
 
Allways the last finished painting is the favorite, because there is a great inner involvement.
 
Where do you see yourself in the future? Professionally, what’s your goal?
 
I hope there will come to me further many good ideas and my skills to realize it will grow.
 
What toughest challenges have you faced as an artist during your art career?
 
Once I accepted a job to paint a nightsky on 3 metres dome and I never had done before, but finally I was successful and it was a good experience.
 
What’s your background? Are you self-taught artist or did you study art?
 
Yes, I´m a self-taught artist but I had some really important tutoring lessons with my friend artist Peter Helmut Zopf at Düsseldorf in 1970.
 
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?
 
It´s nice to be free in chosing your direction of art but it´s hard learning to be self-critical enough.
 
What’s the best and worst advice you ever received in your art career?
 
Sorry I don´t remember a good advice, but the worst was: don´t waste your time with painting.
 
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?
 
The art world is hard business and the artist is always forced to serve clients. There ist the big danger to loose your own way and to loose your inner wealth. I like it to be a little bit lonly, but there is also my family and friends.
 
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
 
Sometimes I change the medium and I work with wood, stone, glass and so on and I love it .
 
Do you have any tips or inspiring words for others? Maybe advice for beginning artists out there?
 
You can find the treasure only in yourself so keep on searching and never give up.
 

 
 
Your favorite quote is ...
 
None
 
What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?
 
I like it to walk in the nature with the dogs and to play a little guitar.
 
Do you have an online portfolio or a blog where we can view your work?
 
 
 
 
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?
 
Right now I´m working on my next painting and it is really significant for me. My best regards Helmut Plümacher.

Thank you dear Helmut, it was a pleasure and honor to interview you, we wish you only the best for you and for your brushes:) Already looking forward to see your new visions and new works ♥.