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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.

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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.

After school I worked for a year as an assistant of an artist couple (painter & sculpter) in Berlin. I liked the atmosphere there, beeing sourrounded by all the materials and conversations about art, and I started to paint. From 2003 -2008 I studied illustration at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, where I often went to the museums to draw, but also in cafes, parks etc…

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Where do you get inspiration for your work? What is inspiring you right now?

In spring time I am mostly inspired by nature, light and shade. The patterns you see when you look at a collection of trees standing next to each other for example and the many different shades of green. I also get inspired by artworks from art history, etchings, paintings etc… but also by collegues, contemporary illustrators.
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Which artist or designer do you most admire and what is it about their work you love?

Karin Mamma Andersson, Jockum Nordström, Felix Vallotton, Pierre Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Helen Frankenthaler, Peter Doig, Luc Tuymans, Ben Shan, Jonas Wood and many others

What inspires me is the visible passion for their work and their ability to create a world their with pictures.
See more from Romy and check out where she will be exhibiting by visiting her website here.
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