Yanni Floros – Interview
I am pleased to introduce the Australian artist Yanni Floros. With charcoal he creates artworks of exceptional quality. This year, he have two solo show, one in April at the Lethbridge gallery in Brisbane, Queensland and in July at the Scott Livesey Galleries in Melbourne, Victoria. He explains his artistic approach and what drives him to achieve this style of drawings. He accepted to answer our questions and to talk about his work…
// J’ai le plaisir de vous présenter l’artiste australien Yanni Floros. Il réalise des oeuvres d’une qualité exceptionnelle au fusain (charcoal en anglais). Un diplôme de sculpture en main, il nous explique sa démarche et ce qui le pousse à réaliser ce style de dessins. Cette année, deux expositions personnelles lui sont consacrées ; L’une en avril à la Lethbridge gallery de Brisbane, (Queensland) et l’autre en juillet à la Scott Livesey Galleries de Melbourne, (Victoria).
Can you introduce yourself ? Tell us more about you.
My name is Yanni Floros. I’m an Australian based artist living in Adelaide. I have been a practicing artist for about 18 months now. I graduated from the National Art School in Sydney in 2004 as a sculpture major. These days I have been working primarily with charcoal as drawing has always been close to me. I wanted to see how far I could go with it. Painting is next on my list as I haven’t done much in a little while.
At what time did you realize you wanted to become an artist ?
When I was younger I liked doing creative things. It made feel good and it felt ‘right’. Looking back I never could have never seen myself in a 9 to 5 job working like my friends do. I think I would’ve gone mad. I pretty much avoided getting a ‘real’ job most of my life until I was fed up and decided almost two years ago to do this for a living because it made me happy.
You graduated as a sculpture major. What led you to do illustration and drawings?
Drawing was an important aspect of art school. They put a lot of emphasis on it. Particularly life drawing which was perfectly in line with my thinking. Drawing was always my favourite thing because I found it fun and it came easier to me than sculpture or painting. It was just so direct and intstant. I majored in sculpture because I saw it – as strange as this sounds – as an extention of drawing. Drawing in 3D space. Scupltures have physical limits which in most cases creates a line at its egde. I saw those lines as I would see them on a page.
What inspires and influences you ?
I love our world and the people in it (for better or worse) and our ingenutiy. Why we do the things we do. Art and people doing creative things. Bettering ourselves.
Tell us more about your creations, you’re very close to hyper-realistic artworks. How do you work ?
I’ll start with taking a photograph of my subject. I purposefully leave a few things to chance and not stylize the image too much, such as ask the model to do something with her hair and work with what happens without controlling the situation to much. I’ll then draw from that image using it as a guide and not being a slave to it. It’s only just a photo and you need to accentuate some areas and knock back others. This, I usually do this on the fly as I’m drawing. I don’t like to use computer programs much at all. They’re only a tool and if you use them too much it becomes a crutch.
What does your typical day look like ?
I’ll usually get up around 8am take a few minutes to exercise and eat, then I’ll draw from about 6-10 hours a day almost everday.
Is there something special you want to do in your work soon?
Actually yes…I have a few ideas for some crazy large drawings I want to do in the next year or 2 that will really push the boundaries of what people think of drawing.
Some projects to come ?
I have two solo shows this year. One in April at the Lethbridge gallery in Brisbane, Queensland and in July at Scott Livesey Galleries in Melbourne, Victoria.
/ Interview : Dennis Moya – March 2012
/ All pictures and artworks are © Yanni Floros.