This week on #Unfiltered, we featured award-winning artist Nasser Lubay, whose body of work speaks volumes about his level of meticulousness and attention to detail. His artwork for our maiden exhibit, XOXO, a quadriptych piece, 16.5 x 22 inches each of mixed media on archival paper, is a testament to his level of artistry.
Above: Detail of XOXO, Nasser's artwork for Hindsight is 20/20
We began our recorded interview with how he is and what he's been up to. Nasser is currently preparing for his upcoming solo exhibit in ArtistSpace Ayala this December and an upcoming project with the Wildlife Foundation.
ARTSTALKPH: Since you are getting some Limited Edition Prints out in the market, what is your take on selling them?
NASSER: I like it. You’re making a story and nobody will know about it. It’s a way to communicate this with people especially for those who cannot afford the original artwork.
We agreed that limited edition prints are indeed appealing for newer or younger collectors who still cannot afford the original art piece, although the artist has to be careful not to produce a lot so as not to dilute market value and what the collectors value the most: uniqueness.
ARTSTALKPH: It is said that imitation is the best form of flattery. Was there ever an artist who tried to copy your art?
NASSER: (laughs) It's hard! So far I haven't seen one. My art is free flowing, so unless someone is really dedicated to imitate, they won’t be able to do it. My art is difficult to replicate. I tried to replicate my own art through digital means and it’s difficult. I wasn't able to capture its depth and dimension as well as when it’s painted by hand.
"Always go with your instinct, so that you don’t get pressured and you’re relaxed when you create. Just do what you like and go with your instinct. Make something that’s solely yours. Own it."
ARTSTALKPH: Are you doing digital art as well?
NASSER: For me, it’s the same as long as it captures my interest and I can apply my vision and what I want to happen to it.
ARTSTALKPH: Are you the kind of artist that prefers to do work when feeling strong emotion or do you prefer to step back and plan before you create your art?
NASSER: For me it’s mixed. It’s more about instinct for me. When I want to actualize something, I just do it. Especially now, I’ve already found my rhythm.
ARTSTALKPH: How long does it usually take you to finish a painting?
NASSER: My minimum is two months for a 2’ x 3’. It depends on the process for me and how many ideas I want to put in. One time I made a piece that’s 4.5’ and it took my 5 months to do. Especially with colorful pieces, the process can be draining, and when there are a lot of characters.
I start with an idea.
ARTSTALKPH: Do you see yourself being an artist for the rest of your life?
NASSER: I think yes, this is it for me. My artworks are like my babies. They are here to tell the story of my time. I just want to share my ideas.
ARTSTALKPH: What advice to those people who are starting out and want to make a mark in this industry?
NASSER: Always go with your instinct, so that you don’t get pressured and you’re relaxed when you create. Just do what you like and go with your instinct. Make something that’s solely yours. Own it.
ARTSTALKPH: When you go back to your body of work in the last decade or so that you’ve been practicing this profession, what story does it tell about Nasser Lubay?
NASSER: It’s always about my first piece. I always go back to it, that it’s ok to make mistakes. You can always do a rebirth, restart, and embrace your mistakes until you become better and better. To not restrict oneself.
Nasser Lubay (b. 1982) is a master storyteller who paints using vibrant colors and his staunch imagination. As with all stories that are told, heard, and are gone unless told again, his art has that feeling of a mystical moment, a magical point in time remarkable for its lack of permanence. His body of work demonstrates his ability to expand his artistic knowledge from biomorphic abstractions to purely figurative. Nasser won the prestigious Celeste International Art Prize in 2009, has participated in the Second Animamix Biennial at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Taipei, Taiwan, and was part of the 2010 Ondarte International Artist Residency in Akumal, Mexico.
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Watch the episode of #Unfiltered below or click on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgPXDmu_eL0