In a world where lines intersect and colours splash beyond the conventional canvas, a maverick spirit is continually forging a path laden with geometric wonder and fragmented brilliance. Nestled in the heartbeat of this vibrant landscape is contemporary artist Dylan Gill, a visionary who has molded and melded the legacies of Juan Gris and Jean Metzinger into a narrative that is uniquely his own. As we delve into Gill's universe, we find ourselves on the cusp of witnessing the evolution of a modern Cubist maestro, one brushstroke at a time.
Retro Kolkata : Dylan, your work has been extensively influenced by the cubist movement and artists like Juan Gris and Jean Metzinger. How would you say your style has evolved from your early days at Goldsmiths, University of London till now?
Dylan : In the early days at Goldsmiths, University of London, my artistic style was deeply influenced by the cubist movement and artists like Juan Gris and Jean Metzinger. However, over time, my style has evolved and become more distinct. While still drawing inspiration from cubism, I have incorporated elements of abstraction and surrealism into my work, resulting in a unique fusion of styles. My use of bold colors, fragmented forms, and intricate compositions creates a dynamic and visually captivating experience for the viewer. My evolution as an artist showcases my ability to push boundaries and continually explore new artistic avenues while staying rooted in the foundations that initially inspired me.
Retro Kolkata : You've had the opportunity to showcase your work across Europe and Asia. Can you share any memorable experiences or cultural influences you've gathered along the way?
Dylan : Throughout my journey of showcasing my work across Europe and Asia, I've had the privilege of encountering numerous memorable experiences and cultural influences. One particular moment that stands out is when I exhibited my artwork in Paris, France. The vibrant art scene and rich cultural heritage of the city left a profound impact on my creative process. Exploring renowned museums like the Louvre and Musée d'Orsay exposed me to masterpieces that broadened my artistic horizons and ignited my imagination.
Traveling to Asian countries such as Japan and China also left a lasting impression on me. The meticulous attention to detail and profound symbolism in traditional Japanese art captivated my senses. From delicate brushwork in ink paintings to the serene aesthetics of Zen gardens, I absorbed the essence of tranquility and harmony.
These experiences have not only enriched my artistic practice but also fostered a deep appreciation for the diverse tapestry of global art and culture. They have instilled in me a sense of curiosity and a desire to continually explore and learn from different creative traditions around the world.
Retro Kolkata : Your fascination with human features is evident in your work. How do you translate this fascination onto the canvas, and how does it tie into your cubist style?
Dylan : In my artistic practice, my fascination with human features serves as a driving force in my creative process. When translating this fascination onto the canvas, I strive to capture the essence of human form while exploring the transformative power of geometric abstraction inherent in cubist style.