Interviews | September 27, 2020 |

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Image courtesy of Julija Tumelyte | We take Bananas / We make Bananas / We dream Bananas, 2020

Interview: Julija Tumelyte
Luca Curci talks with Julija Tumelyte during Venice International Art Fair 2020 and FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, second appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020 at THE ROOM Contemporary Art Space

And I want to have it all! Joy & success, good and interesting living, art travels & world exploration, love and gratitude of being alive. In my art, you will discover this life hunger, which is the main interest field of my artistic creation, and all the layers in between of discovering this path. I am deeply interested in how to be successful & achieve the best in life. How to go forward and delete your limits, how to overcome the weakness and reverse them into a powerful strength, how to enjoy life and truly live your potential. My language is color. I adore color and being a colorful personality myself. I rather focus on brighter colors than the opposite. It doesn’t mean that there are no challenges or difficulties on the way, – it is more like a lighthouse, which shows the right direction to follow. And finally lemons. The Italian landscape view from the top of the sea rock, which faces the sunrise above the Mediterranean sea & the Seagulls flying above my head, – my heart shall never forget this treasure, I found on this land. No matter where I go now, I will bring this piece of fulfillment by translating it to the colorful canvases of my art.

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Image courtesy of Julija Tumelyte

Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Julija Tumelyte –
Art for me is the lifestyle. My creativity process is so natural part of my everyday life, that it became an indivisible part of me and my life.

LC – Which subject are you working on?
JT –
I create in a very natural, expressive & spontaneous way. That means I have no preparation / pre planning process on my themes or subjects I will paint. I just make sure that I have all the art supplies in my studio or my suitcase and then I put myself in the situations that really inspire me, usually it comes from traveling or meeting new people, or from my very close relation with nature, trees & animals. I have discovered that we humans have so much to learn from nature, especially how to survive or keep harmony balance in everyday life.

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Image courtesy of Julija Tumelyte | Jeu de paume, 2018

LC – ​Where do you find your inspiration?
JT –
Anywhere. Usually it is traveling, people, animals, nature, music, city life, books & movies or even some objects. I remember that once i bought 2 Eur colourful rug from a simple home supplies shop, it became such a huge inspiration for me because of it’s colours, that I have created a painting “Brazilian Rug” just after I came home.

LC – ​What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
JT –
After already many years of creative process (I started to draw I was little, after came all the art studies & independent artist journey), I have learned to have less and less obstacles that can stand in my way to create, enjoy and sell my art.

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Image courtesy of Julija Tumelyte | A Tiger Day, 2019

LC – ​Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
JT –
I don’t pursue any. Naturally I am admired with african people, their physical otherness & beauty, strength, and also big wild animals that do not live in my country. Also, I have very big inspiration for me from great legendary people like Walt Disney and Leonardo Dicaprio, which I considered my teachers: how to be persistent in the way you want to achieve, how to keep going, how to improvise. Or, when I was in Italy I just fell in love with the lemon tree & it’s unique natural beauty, that it became a symbol for my best life vision, success and life joy.

LC – ​What do you think about the concept of this festival? In which way did it inspire you?
JT –
I think that international art festivals, art fairs & exhibitions are great for showing unique artworks for a bigger audience and art lovers. This is how people can discover great & new artists from all over the world.

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Image courtesy of Julija Tumelyte | HALF, 2014

LC – ​What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
JT –
I support all the free art platforms and other kinds of art fields, where art creators, art collectors & art viewers can meet, share their ideas, sometimes collaborate and discover new project possibilities or simply enjoy beautiful artworks of any kind.

LC – ​Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
JT –
Yes, I am happy about the collaboration, especially glad & grateful for the organized art event “Venice International Art Fair” and the invitation to participate and to show my art lively for the bigger art audience.

LC – ​Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
JT –
Yes 🙂 Looking forward to more international art events and exhibitions in the future to collaborate & participate together.

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Image courtesy of Julija Tumelyte | BLUE-RED, 2014
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Image courtesy of Julija Tumelyte | Mediterranean DREAM, 2019
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Image courtesy of Julija Tumelyte | Race Horse, 2019
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Image courtesy of Julija Tumelyte | I rather be like Disney, 2020

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