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Interview with Andrea Tyrimos

Posted on March 2, 2013

In the first of a series, we have asked the Curious Duke family to answer a few questions, some serious, others not so serious. First off we have Andrea Tyrimos. CLICK HERE TO SEE WORK BY ANDREA TYRIMOS

Name: Andrea Tyrimos
Discipline: Painting
Age:  26
Where do you live: London
Where did you study: Central St Martins
Life ambition: To continue to paint as my career
Who, or what is your greatest influence on your life and art?
Artistically Lucian Freud has had a major influence on me; his love of painting and passion to paint every day until his death at 88 is truly inspiring. With regards to my life I’d have to say my family, they’re always there to lend an ear when I need to have one of my many creative rants!
Who is your favourite artist at the moment?
Gerhard Richter, because of his individual style and his ability to truly capture a moment in time, and Ross Bleckner – I love the vibrancy of colour and light that emanates from his canvases.
Describe a typical day in the studio in no more than 5 words.
Messy. Manic. Chilled. Experimental. Creative.
Spontaneity or planning?
A bit of both.
What do you do in the event of a creative block?
Take my dog Bonnie for a long walk in the park, go to an exhibition, watch an inspiring film, or even travel. A recent fire in my studio left me with major painter’s block; I just spent the weekend in Amsterdam and have come back itching to paint again after soaking up the culture and particularly the fab street art.
Do you have a favourite piece of your own work?
Yes: ‘Four Dollars & Fifty Cents’. I painted this piece after a trip to New York. It has sentimental value as I was depicting a memory; I vividly remember being sat at the back of a taxi in awe of the magical lights which surrounded me, in the company of two of my closest friends. Every time I look at the piece it reminds me of this moment – I think this is what art should do… make you feel something.
What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
My paintings are pretty representational, and so can often be very time consuming.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?
Painting; painting is what makes me happy, as long as I can paint I know I’ll be ok.
Please recommend one piece of essential reading.
‘What painting is’ by James Elkins
If you could time travel to one era or event, when would you choose?
To the 16th century, I would have loved to have been one of Michael Angelo’s assistants during the painting of the Sistine Chapel. Or to 1977, to see Bob Marley perform live at the Rainbow Theatre in Finsbury Park, North London, which is just down the road from me.
Tea or Coffee?
Always tea! I’m a little obsessed, it genuinely keeps me going throughout the day…and more than once I’ve found myself accidentally rinsing my brushes in my hot cup of tea!
Who would be your dream dinner guest?
Bob Marley
What super power would you have for a day?
The ability to teleport. I love to travel and the idea that I could simply click my fingers and be anywhere in the world would be perfect.
What are you listening to at the moment?
Always a mixture of music depending on what mood I’m in. Can include anything from Ben Howard to Tracy Chapman, Ludovico Einaudi to Emeli Sande.