Interview with Johnny Hoglund

by Thursday, July 4, 2013

Hello Johnny, first of all, tell us something about your upcoming work. What are you into at the moment?

I’m wanting to push my process and technique further. I want for my work to balance between the concrete and the abstract, and visually translate my ideas of fragmenting and merging images, similar to Yawn VI. The face has been my focal point, and the expression of the yawn has been a vital vehicle to develop my practice, however I can also see my work expanding into the figure as a whole, in room or space, in the future.


Could you tell us some more about your paintings? How would you describe your style?

The technique I’ve developed is the result of observation and reflection of the yawn, and its imposed expression on the human face–not so much what’s associated with the act of yawning–but what it really is and what it does to our face. A yawn is an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth–muscles stretch, and at once the face is forced in different directions for a few seconds, but within those seconds an animalistic expression show, reminding us of what we are… before returning to its civilised position.


How has your work evolved over the years from when you where beginning?

I believe the subject matter in my work has always been quite similar, but poorly translated into paint in the past. Therefore visually, it has changed dramatically over the years, from landscapes to faces, and now a combination of the two. As well has process and technique, I used to work very slow, and with oil colours whereas now I have a much faster pace working with acrylics.


What artists have influenced you, and how? Who or what inspires you in your personal life and work?

There’re many different artists working in different mediums who’s work have had an impact on me in different ways, but in painting especially it would be Picasso, Condo, Munch, Giacometti, Bacon, Saville, Rembrandt, Goya, to name a few. In my personal life: my fiancée, friends, a couple of drinks and good food.


Who’s the first painter that comes to your mind in a second?

Alberto Giacometti.


The hardest and the easiest part of your painting passion?

It’s easy to start a painting, but finishing it can be incredibly hard, especially when I’m at the stage in the painting of moving long, fragile sections of tape around the canvas.


Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to.

Travel to Japan.


Something you want the world to know about you.

My work.


Something that annoys or frustrates you about people.

A lot of things, that’s why I spend most of my time alone in the studio.


Your idea about social networks.

I’m not very keen on social networks. It’s not for me, although I do have an Instagram account @johnnyhoglund (if that counts?) which I have been using more frequently, but mostly to follow other artists.


What’s overrated/underrated today?

I could not say…

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