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Scared of clowns? - The work of Kitt Buch

August 2018
The most important ingredient in my painting process is explosiveness. I want the brushstrokes to have energy. If I paint from a photo I take a close look at it before I get started, to get a feeling of what type of painting I am about to make. After that I blend a few colors and then I just go for it. No sketches, no secrets.

How did you get interested in art?

I think I’ve always been. I’m a visual thinker. As a child I was very into interior design. I loved to read decoration magazines and visit interior stores. In highschool I went to a interior design and marketing program. First year of art school I was focusing on graphic design and illustration. Second year I fell in love with oil painting. And I'm still in the honeymoon stage!

What are your favourite materials to work with?

I love oil painting for its possibilities and for its tradition. Graffiti has always been a big inspiration source for me, yet I haven’t been working with spray cans that much.

What are your sources of inspiration?

Everyday life. People and human behavior. The way nature is created inspires me.

What blows my mind every day with its beauty – sunlight. 

What are the best advice given to you as an artist?

This is not an advice, but it made sense to me when I heard it.

“If you’re a painter, you’re a painter. It really is a particular relationship that you have to the process, to the materials, the way you organize information, the way you organize the world. It is the way you see, and express feelings through the way you see” Eric Fishl 

Art is such a broad field today, and I can’t say I connect or understand even half of it. Therefore I prefer to call me a painter rather than an artist. 

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Did you attend art school or are you autodidact?

I have been studying two years at Art School Basis and one year at Pernby School of Painting.

I absolutely love to be an art student, but I’m also having an ambivalent relationship to education. I mean, if I would study art for 10 years I would have an education as long as a brain surgeon, but still have no guaranteed income. What’s good about education though, is the possibility to release time, make contacts and of course, learn by professionals. 

Who are your favourite contemporary artist?

There are so many great artists out there I could write a bible, but Jenny Saville, Andreas Eriksson and Henry Taylor are some of my favourite contemporary artists.

If you could not be an artist, what would you do?

Music is another passion of mine, so definitely something that has to do with music.

Probably a music video producer. 

Where can we find you outside the studio? 

At the gym.

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Describe your perfect day…

I had several of those this summer. Early sunny morning, have a workout, grab a cup of coffee and heading to the studio, work 10 hours in a row with my favourite music and then catch up with some friends and have a glass of wine.

A wise man once said: “Give every day the opportunity to become the best in your life”. 

What are your ends goals as an artist?

There are no end goals. What I love with art and the making of art is that it’s not about efficiency. For me it’s not about “getting done”. It is about embracing the now and enjoying the process. What I’m really looking forward to, except developing my painting skills, is exploring different fields within the creative area, such as photography, video making and sculpture.

What 3 things would you take with you to an isolated island?

One sharp knife, good memories and my boyfriend. 

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