Fabian Freese, Brandenburg Gate 2 – Berlin, 2013. Foils and photo on alu dibond
Interview: Fabian Freese
Fabian Freese was born in 1982 in Wuppertal and lived in Germany. He spent a big part of his childhood in the nature playing with wood and water, and this influenced his sense beauty and aesthetics. As the artist states, his art walks the border between painting and photography, using one to augment the other in terms of visual interest. He travels around and does shootings at different places like Rome, Florence, Munich, London, Luxembourg and especially at old castles and at the sea. After shooting, he creates with the photo an abstract composition with stripes and places them on the large prints using aluminium dibond plates. He works on a picture until he reaches his goal of expressing something that could be considered visually stunning. One of the main themes of his artworks involves contrast, such as that existing between old and modern technology.
Fabian Freese, Piccadilly Circus 2 – London, 2013. Varnish, foils and photo on alu dibond
Luca Curci – When you start practicing art and why?
Fabian Freese – I did creative things like drawing, painting etc. from my early childhood. As I was in primary school, I did my first art classes for kids for a few years. At the age of 14 I started to do graffiti with a couple of friends. One night the police stopped us and after it, I never did it again. I started a new art class and focused on painting in the age of 18 and some years later I decided to try to get into professional Art Academy in Germany and they accepted me. Doing art was always an important part of my life and my way to express me.
L.C. – Can you talk about your artistic work? Which are your inspirations?
F.F. – During the first years of my studies at the Fadbk, I improved my skills and searched for my own artistic work. I first worked with dripping colours and did paintings with nail colours, being inspired by the vertical lines in the drips. I did abstract works with vertical stripes with varnishes on steel plates too. Parallel to these works I was improving my photographic skills and did light-paintings with time exposures using modern LED lights. In 2010 I did a combination of these different works in one artwork: I printed these light-paintings on large alu dibond plates and created an abstract composition with foils and varnishes in which vertical stripes and colour-fields are always in relation. In the beginning of 2011 I did my first international exhibition in Florence (Italy). Every time I go to a place to exhibit my art, I do new works taking pictures of the cities. I am always inspired by the atmosphere of the cities and especially at the night time when I take the time exposure photos.
Fabian Freese, Brandenburg Gate 1 – Berlin, 2012. Foils and photo on alu dibond
L.C. – What are you currently working on?
F.F. – At the moment I’m working on a new painting series called “Playgrounds” about faded childhood memories, working with oil and varnishes on canvas. With the oil colour I paint a playground, I take a photo of it and then I start painting on my own photo. I paint the playgrounds very soft and blurred. After this step I do my vertical stripes composition with varnish on the soft oil colour, creating very sharp abstract elements in the foreground and the blurred painting as a level behind like at the start.
L.C. – What was the best advice gives to you as an artist?
F.F. – To do my artworks in my own individual way like I want it and not like what I think the people will like. To be authentic!
L.C. – What is art for you?
F.F. – It is absolutely the main part of my life. Travelling to the different countries for my exhibitions fills me with absolute joy and makes me happy. When I finish an artwork after many hours and days of hard work and I agree with the result, I fell satisfied and think : yes, that is absolutely what I want to do. In my years in the highschool I was always drawing with my pencils during the lessons every day. It is really what I have to do.
Fabian Freese, Colosseum 4 – Rome, 2012. Varnish, foils and photo on alu dibond
L.C. – What do you think about International ArtExpo organization?
F.F. – I really like this beautiful organization! After sending my applications to the exhibitions I always get nice responses with kind words. Since 2 – 3 years I’ve known Luca, the nice head of this lovely organization, it has been always a joy to work on the management of my artworks for the exhibitions.
L.C. – Do you think International ArtExpo organization can represent an opportunity for artists?
F.F. – Oh yes! They do it for several years.