We recently discovered the work of Berlin based artist Romy Blümel, her intricately detailed and beautifully stylised illustrations are captivating and intriguing. In the process of creating her artworks, Romy employs an unusual technique – a combination of emulating the look of a woodcut or linocut but in her preferred medium of painting. Working in paint allows Romy to communicate with a broad spectrum of colour and to utilise the texture of brush strokes, be they bold or subtle. She often draws directly on to an area of paint with a knife. Paintings are sometimes merged with ink drawings, layers being created in several stages. The combination creates a unique and luminescent image, with striking textures and vivid colours.
Romy kindly agreed to answer a few questions we put her way, to give us a more fascinating insight into what fuels her creativity.
How did you get into art and illustration, did one thing spark your interest?
I was interested in art since my early childhood. I remember myself sitting on the floor, drawing with markers and crayons often animals and faces from magazines. Later I loved to visit the local antiquarian bookshop in my hometown where I discovered illustration.
Where do you get inspiration for your work? What is inspiring you right now?
Karin Mamma Andersson, Jockum Nordström, Felix Vallotton, Pierre Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Helen Frankenthaler, Peter Doig, Luc Tuymans, Ben Shan, Jonas Wood and many others