Meet the Artist
Interview with Sérgio Lemos, from Portugal
- Written by Vanessa Champion Vanessa Champion
Sérgio Lemos is an up and coming Portuguese artist, who recently contacted us about our Bristol paper. His work, I think you’ll agree, has a wonderful tonal quality. His smooth black and white images are very distinctive. He is definitely one to watch over the coming months.
Your style is very unique, did you develop this or it just "happen"?
Every artist has their own style to express themselves and it’s no difference in my case. The sensitivity of the artist lies in how you observes, perceives and feels what you see. I am working towards this sensitivity being reflected in my work. [we think it has, ed.!]
How long have you been painting?
I’ve been drawing and painting since the age of 12.
What inspires you?
Mainly people and their characters. Emotions, thoughts, the eyes of people; the sea and natural sounds also arouse my inspiration.
Where would you see yourself in 5 years?
I would like to be recognised international as an artist and to exhibit my work in various galleries worldwide and achieve some important distinctions.
What paper finish do you prefer: smooth or textured?
I like to work on both types of paper, as they allow various forms of expression and artistic techniques. The flat paper enables smooth gradations, like painting an oil in layers, with shades of gray pure and soft. The grained paper in contrast, lets you create various textures and a sort of "alla prima" because due to its texture, it creates an optical effect in which the shades are mixed, forming a whole.
Do you work in colour too?
Yes I also work in pastel, watercolour, gouache, coloured pencils and oil.
My sketchbook and sketches, believe me! Because that's where the first ideas arise, the first thoughts, the first traits that will define my work. These moments never return ... the first traces, first impressions are similar to when a camera records those moments of great inspiration and sensitivity!
And a fun question: if you were a Strathmore paper, which would you be?
Strathmore Paper 300 (not yet used it, but I know it is the best paper for drawing and illustration :-) ) https://www.artistpapers.co.uk/Fine-Art-Papers/Sequential-Art-Surfaces/Strathmore-300-Series-Bristol/?aff_id=3
Check out more of Sergio's work at https://www.facebook.com/sergiolemos.artistaplastico
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