The Palette: Ernest Zacharevic

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“The Palette” is a series of interviews, realized for the Color Issue of Llamas Valley – inspired by mesmerizing and creative world of colors, we decided to talk with some of the most colorful people (in terms of creativity and personalities) of the art and design world. They agree  to share their ideas with us and create their own special palettes. Meet Monika Bielskyte, Nathan Jurevicius and Ernest Zacharevic!

How would you present yourself in three sentences?

It’s difficult for me to describe myself in words. I have always preferred a more visual way of communication. Im not sure if it’s my dyslexia or habits, but ever since childhood I’ve found visual expression easier than words.

Street art is a frequently questioned art form. In most cases, it seems to be a tightrope walk between being appreciated and harshly blamed for ruining the citys landscape. Have you ever had any trouble with identifying yourself as a street artist?

I don’t exactly identify myself as a street artist. It’s more of a label others use to categorise me. So I don’t really have problem with any of it.

What is it about public spaces that attracted you to choose them as your work venues?

First of all, they are always available. Not without risk, but the space is available and unlike a studio or a canvas, it is free. Also it is a platform of its own that exposes the artwork and ideas to audiences which experience it all first hand without a gallery or facilitator who might select, limit or censor the perception or viewing of the work.

Do you remember your very first steps towards of street art? Or more importantly do you remember the moment when you decided to explore this sphere?

I was always inspired by my dad’s paintings, however in primary school I discovered a classmate’s dad was a sculptor and he had done public art commissions. I found it very impressive. I think that’s when the seed was planted. A bit later when I was 12 or 13, I had couple of naughty friends who helped me steal spray cans from my dad’s garage.

This summer, you spent some time in Lisbon. What exhibition were you preparing for?

I was preparing for a solo show at the Underdogs Gallery opening July 17th 2015. Like every one of my shows, I was working at the gallery location from scratch. New city, new people, new walls…  It can’t get more inspiring than that.

How do you come up with different ideas for murals? What influences you?

“Different” is the key word in this question. Different ideas have different influences and different thought processes. My thought process is normally very random and difficult to describe. Normally I just keep myself active, social and doing what I love most, the ideas just happen along the way.

Piet Mondrian inspired your recent mural. Do you often take cues from other artists?

Yes. Other artists, writers, thinkers, pop culture, casual conversations with friends or strangers. It all comes together as a collage in my paintings; sometimes it’s obvious, sometimes there’s barely a hint.

Do you have any other artistic ambitions, not related to street art?

Any other form of art… Like literally, any…

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What colour could signify your attitude to life?

Cerulean

What is the colour of beauty?

Red

What colour would you associate with happiness?

Yellow

Black or white?

Black

What colours would you choose for your next mural?

All of them

What is the colour that you dislike?

Green

What colours remind you of your most positive memories?

Turquoise

Is there a colour youre absolutely in love with?

No

If you had to portray your worst nightmare, what two colours would you choose?

Dark green, light green.


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