Emese Baksay is a Hungarian American currently living in England who specialises in art forms inspired by nature and abstract concepts. All her pieces are originals (no prints currently, but phone cases are on the cards in the near future!) and all completely unique. We got in contact through our blogging network and I thought, wow this lady has some talent! We had a chat and discussed some of her inspirations as a contemporary abstract artist.
What first inspired you to create?
Somehow my fiancé and I fell in love with abstract art together. I guess it originally started when we began to decorate our new house. We knew we would have paintings on our wall and when I couldn’t find exactly what I had in mind I realized I am just going to have to create it myself! This led me to experiment and that experimentation quickly became a passion.
Would you say creativity was always a big part of your life or something new?
I really enjoyed drawing when I was younger. I have always been creative; drawing, scrapbooking, and other crafting have been a part of my life since I can remember. I would occasionally experiment with different themes, but the only one that really stuck was drawing faces.
So, was painting a calling later in life for you?
I didn’t like painting back then because I didn’t have very good control of the paintbrush and thought my paintings looked incredibly unrealistic. I actually only started painting in March 2017. What I love about abstract art is that it is not about precision. I simply guide the paint, I don’t lead it. The final painting is almost always a surprise; I never plan the exact outcome.
What do you think the next step is with your artwork?
Since I am new to painting and still experimenting with different techniques and styles, I plan on continuing to expand my skills. I want to create beautiful pieces that evoke an emotion or an experience and I also want to give back to the community. I would like to make a difference in people’s lives.
The Creative Process
What does a typical creative day look like for you?
Up until recently, my creative days would start with a struggle to find the right music playlist for my painting session! Music is a really powerful tool for me, it affects my mood and my thoughts very strongly so it’s important to have a playlist that will keep me in the same mood throughout the whole session. Luckily, I found a fantastic playlist recently for my abstract, “far away galaxy” mood!
How would you say your perspective on life influences your style?
All my different work experiences [in retail, psychology, childcare, finance] have shaped me as a person and I hope to bring to people what I have to offer through art. I am a very open, understanding, and non-judgemental person. I can see things from many different perspectives and I like that not everything is black and white, but that there is a whole range of color: life and people are very complex and I enjoy creating pieces that people can interpret in many different ways.
About Emese’s Artwork
I really love the piece, Galactic Sea. What inspired you to create this particular piece?
I started out with just a color palette and I let nature take its course. I had different shades of green and a very dark blue thinking I will create a painting resembling the deep sea. That sort of happened, but after I poured my colors on the canvas I thought, it needed more. When I had finished, I looked at the piece as a whole and realized it is a sea, but it was reiminscent of another planet, with a shore flecked with bronze. So it became Galactic Sea.
Tell us a little more about your art itself – How do you value it? Do you encourage commissions? What medium do you use to create your pieces?
The prices are set based on previous purchases and size. I encourage commissions; I love to create art based on my own inspiration, but I think commissions support an artist’s growth by pushing them out of their comfort zone. Most of my paintings are made with acrylic paint on canvas, but I have also done watercolor paintings on paper. As of now, I am really enjoying these mediums, but if someone were to request different mediums, then I would certainly have fun with it!
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If you’d like to get in contact with Emese regarding her works or upcoming Etsy fair in Guildford on December 2nd 2017 you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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