Jay Bower is a professional artist. He was born in Zurich, Switzerland and grew up around the wonderful city. Jay studied art and design at the school of art in Lucerne. Growing up next to the city he discovered many interesting facets regarding art and how it affects the people around him. Jay loves to be with friends and enjoys an exchange of ideas and creative thoughts or just having great humorous conversations. Positive thinking and love has always brought him and others further in life. Jay sees life as a sort of game in which he wants everyone to win!
Jay is concerned with this planet and its people. He thinks if each person was just a bit more ethical to himself and others, there can be much more happiness.
Jay is a very talented and creative artist! It was a real pleasure for us to take an interview with Jay Bower and learn some interesting facts of his biography. We wish you a pleasant reading and enjoy viewing of Jay Bower paintings.
AP: Jay, thank you very much for finding the time to give us an interview. It’s a great honor for us. Could you please tell us what got you started?
Jay: When I was at the age of around 6, I started to draw everything that came to mind, further on I was getting really good at drawing Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. I even gave courses at school on how to draw those cartoon characters, which was really exciting. I started painting in 2005. It gave me great satisfaction doing huge pieces of works that were bigger (size-wise) than people. Creating great emotional impacts is what really makes art a strong way of communication.
AP: That is an awesome start! Do you have any formal education in visual art or were you self-taught?
Jay: I studied art & design at the School of Art in Lucerne, Switzerland. The most I gained in my creation was through observing the world around me and people in my life. Life itself is an art with an infinite point of views.
AP: That’s true! I absolutely share your point of view. What genre are your paintings?
Jay: I tried various genres, from landscape to portraiture to abstract works, and I actually like all of them. The world is full of beauty and love and artists are able to show that in the form of their creations. I love to communicate pure beauty.
AP: How would you describe your paintings?
Jay: Well my works are telling pieces of stories that could happen or did happen around me. It’s a really nice thing to invent new worlds and new universes from scratch. In my art, everything is possible and everyone can be involved, and that is one of my favorite things!
AP: What kind of equipment and techniques do you use to paint your pictures?
Jay: In my paintings I currently switch between oil and acrylics, a bit of computer and other very top secret mixed media 😉 But more important than techniques is how they enhance the effect they create on the viewer.
AP: Which artists do you use for references?
Jay: I know many artists I admire a lot. They work in from various artistic genres. Photographer Alex Prager, for example, is an amazing storyteller, or Neo Rauch, a painter of a mixture of old German culture and science fiction. The compositions of David Hackney are of great inspiration. Alex Katzs – emotional and simplified portraiture amazes me each time I see an original. Then I also get ideas in a total different way from people like Christopher Wool and Doug Aitken, they communicate with a different approach.
AP: Thank you so much sharing the list with those artists who inspire you! Do you have a dream project? What is it?
Jay: Yes, yes, we’re doing a movie with my friends where everyone plays a part in it. Part comedy, part suspense with different stories told simultaneously. The ending is solving part of the movie and the rest is up to the audience. Movies have the abilities to create great illusions. They are this wonderful creation of art in motion. I actually started to do some acting. Just finished shooting a soap opera.
AP: This is a very interesting idea. I hope your dream to definitely come true and you would shoot a great movie! What is the formula for success in your activity? Do you participate in the contests, projects, exhibitions etc.?
Jay: I work hard and dedicate myself to translate my ideas to art for everyone to see. I did participate in some contests, did win one of them last year at a SEPHORA contest doing 3 pieces made out of make you entirely. I’m regularly participating in group exhibitions and doing solo exhibitions in the gallery that currently represent me in Switzerland and Sweden.
AP: Who is one person you would like to see interviewed on AstrumPeople?
Jay: Alex Lake, he is an amazing photographer and friend from LA. His website is alexlakephotography.com
AP: Thank you very much! We will definitely contact Alex Lake and make everything possible to take an interview with him. Is there someone who supports you in your creativity?
Jay: My family always supported me and my art with all their love and help. My wonderful fiancé is pushing me a lot and gives wonderful support on each part of life. And my friends are the best anyways; they give great support, come to vernissages, collect my art and spread the word. The most important thing about art is about sharing it with other people and loved ones.
AP: Tell us three lessons you believe are really important for every artist?
- First to believe in one’s own visions and dreams and pushing them to the limit and beyond – never giving up.
- To be true to oneself in every way, and not to compromise with anyone or anything.
- And last, but not least, being ethical in one’s behavior and conduct – in every way possible – that is the key to a successful happy life I think.
Jay, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us and giving such useful pieces of advice to our readers. I am sure they will find them useful. We wish you continued inspiration, many more other creative ideas and brilliant success. To learn more about Jay Bower paintings, please visit his personal page on Collectionate where you can buy his pieces of art!
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