Hi, my name is June. Like any artist, I look for ways to release my frustrations and exhausted thoughts. In recent years I have gained my knowledge purely from my own experience by experimenting as much as possible in my spare time, without having to go to an academic art school. I learned to become familiar with watercolor and over time I also learned the many side techniques of acrylic paint. (Below you can read more about my method and train of thought behind each material.) My inspiration comes mainly from my own emotions that I experience situationally which I put in an imaginary story with a main character. You can find me in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, but in my mind I am always in my own fantasy world in which pinched emotions are the central theme.
Cubism, surrealistic work
In the abstract expressionist style I see myself as an Action painter. I pay careful attention to the smallest details in my work so that a certain depth is created to hold the viewer. I do this by being versatile in the use of colors but also by creating different structures. In my experience, colors can be divided into certain emotions. You see a color and often you have or get a certain feeling about it, at least I do. That is why I think it is important that the colors in my work match well. To create a certain liveliness I often add extra acrylic paste to my paint to create a dynamic. In addition, I ensure that lines and shapes overlap or intersect with a conscious purpose. The most important part of the work is that, as with watercolor, I create abstract figures that play a central role in depicting my story.
The attractive aspect of watercolor is that it is so graceful and flexible to work with. The transitions of colors and the mixing of the colors in the process give me a satisfying feeling. You can go in so many directions with it. For me, what forms the basis for every painting is a character sketch that becomes central to depict my story. And for this I pay a lot of attention in the eyes. Like people say the eyes are also the mirrors of your soul. I try to emphasize that as clearly as possible in every work. That is why I think it is important to paint the face towards realistism. Everything that happens around it tends towards surrealism. That way I can create a liveliness.
Thank you for visiting my art gallery, I will do my best to improve and deliver great new art pieces!
(Go to my instagram @artbyjuniebey to see behind the scenes shots).