The Closest Thing to Nirvana
A glimpse into the world of Loui Jover. Art, Cartoon, Thought.
A longtime fan of Jover’s art, and in particular his ink drawings on vintage book paper, our new magazine provided a great excuse to reach out to the Queensland-based artist. We are delighted to reveal our favourite pieces and Jover’s answers to some pertinent questions.
How do you describe your style of Art?
I see my ‘style’ of creative work to be best explained as mainly ‘figurative’ with elements of abstract expression. I find this suits my abilities best and I try not to force anything and prefer to let my drawing skills guide my artistic wanderings.
How did your formal study of art help you to develop your style?
I studied the rudiments of drawing early on: ‘light and shadow’ basic composition and planing work by using roughs and sketches has always been a part of my practice. I feel the best parts of personal expression are learnt on the journey, however the foundations need to be set in a discipline of classical drawing or at least the formal study of sketching.
Which artist has been the biggest influence on you?
This is such a hard question as i am easily influenced and inspired. Most artists need to filter such influence and try to distill their own voice from the miasma of artists who have given so much to the art world dialogue. I was very much inspired by the work of Picasso on one end because of his freedom, and then on the far opposite by the masters such as da Vinci and Rembrandt’s drawings. I was always more fascinated by these master’s sketches and roughs which I feel breath even more then their polished pieces.
You draw obsessively. Where do you find inspiration?
When I draw I feel I am in the place I need to be, the rest of everything is a form of crisis control. I think this might be a bit of a pathetic cop out but it is what it is. As a child I always drew and felt safest in this creative space so it’s not a matter of why I draw – but why do I not? My inspiration is drawing itself. It’s the closest thing to meditation and a nirvana that I can access.
What is the biggest challenge in your business of selling art?
Selling it…that’s the only challenge. I represent myself and am always very thankful for every collector who reaches out and acquires a work. I am not sure what the secret is or if there is one at all. I guess people buy what they like and right now I am blessed that they like my work. I would create regardless, but the benefit of it selling is a wonderful addition which allows me to concentrate on making more work in relative peace. There are a number of ways to sell art, but if no one wants to buy, then one must adapt or dig in.
Do you have any other obsessions or hobbies?
I’m very obsessive full stop. Unfortunately none of my obsessions are interesting, they are silly things. I become obsessed by Japanese comics or bad low budget movies and so on. Other than that, i just draw. I have no hobby. I have no time for hobbies. I like drawing. If I had to name one thing I am enthusiastic about, it’s riding on trains.
What plans do you have for 2021?
Gee this question would make sense if things out there made sense. I’m not sure. The world is topsy turvy at the moment. I guess as usual I will hide away in the studio and …yes….draw!
What is your favourite flavour of ice cream?
Mmmm ice cream…well I am, as usual, b o r i n g ….i just really like a good clean vanilla …sorry.