Landscape by Lui Ferreyra

Paint Studio Demo Artist Lui Ferreyra

Lui Ferreyra will be in the Paint Studio April 16-17.

Influenced by the works of Chuck Close, Egon Schiele, Paul Klee, and Richard Diebenkorn, Lui Ferreyra’s paintings use geometric fragments and fractals of color, which blend together to become complete images of figures and landscapes. Lui Ferreyra’s work can be seen at William Havu Gallery.

Hilary Gibson: What does your typical day as an artist look like?

Lui Ferreyra: Let’s see, a typical day…coffee is first. I do like to start fairly early, as early as 9 am. I listen to something–music, philosophy podcasts, audiobooks–it really helps to have an interesting narrative going on in the background of the labor. I really try to get six to eight hours in every day.

HG: Every single day? Impressive!

LF: Well…I usually take one day off a week.

HG: What is it specifically about paint as a medium that inspires you?

LF: It’s very different from drawing, which is immediately expressive. With painting there is much more capacity for going in and editing. You can let paint dry and then reassess and decide if that shade of green is just right or if that patch of paint needs to be pushed to a redder tone. Lately I’ve been exploring using underpainting and allowing it to be visible just under the surface of the finished work.

HG: What are your sources of inspiration?

LF: Hmm, well, I guess my answer is threefold. Firstly, I’m inspired by nature itself–from the patterns you find everywhere–in clouds or in the grain of wood, in the eddies in rivers, the spirals in nature. For my demonstration I have been playing with the idea of composing a still life of flowers or a skull–something natural. Secondly, I get very inspired by other art and other artists–I scour the internet and have around 20 go-to blogs that I check. Thirdly, the classic literature and the philosophy podcasts that I listen to while I work for sure. The art is my meditative companion as I go through all the questions that philosophy poses that I then pose to myself.

Lui Ferreyra, Superimposition 7. © and courtesy of the artist.

HG: Is there anything else you’d like people to know about your work before they come to see your demonstration?

LF: A lot of art and art viewers seem to respond specifically to narrative. But my art is specifically about seeing rather than about a story. I really like the figure and I like landscape, but they are just vehicles for seeing. We’re caught (for good reason) in a mode of interpreting and reading, but I’m much more interested in falling into the meditative mode of soaking up what something looks like. To me it is like food–I soak up beauty like nutrition.

Top image credit: Lui Ferreyra, Physis 2. © and courtesy of the artist.

Hilary Gibson is an intern with the studio and artists programs in the department of learning and engagement. Her favorite section of the DAM to wander around in is the exhibition of western American art in the Hamilton Building. When not at the museum, Hilary spends an inordinate amount of time eating green chili and driving between Denver and her home in Pueblo, Colorado.

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