POINT OF VIEW INTERVIEW #30
VISUAL ARTIST: QUENTIN DERONZIER
Based in the great city of Amsterdam, Quentin Deronzier publishes artwork that will only intrigue your eyes. He uses intense color and geometric shapes and figures to display his creativity and imagination. Its mystery and fantasy all tied together gives you a visual like no other. From moving pictures to melting images, Quentin's work has enticed the attention of many such as, Jerry Folk, Gryffin, Bearson, and more! Every piece he creates is different from the other, but keeping his signature style imprinted on each one makes this French artist consistently great and inspiring. Below, check out the interview I had with Quentin talking all about the inspiration behind his remarkable visuals.
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Question 1: What got you into making graphic design/art?
As far as I can remember, I've always loved making things. When all the kids were playing soccer on a Saturday afternoon, I was in my room assembling a scale model of a ship or in the garden shooting a short film with my parents camera. I had this urge to build and create at all times. I got more specifically into graphic design when my dad bought our first computer and I discovered all the possibilities it offered. I created my first artworks in a Disney software that was basically a mini Photoshop for kids.
When I grew up, I didn't want go for classic studies so my parents sent me to an art school. When I got my diploma, I started as an art director in an ad agency. I worked in 4 different companies in 5 years between Paris and Amsterdam. A year ago (2015), I left the advertising world to focus on more artistic projects and started collaborating for bands and labels around the world.
Question 2: What people intrigue or inspire you to pursue visual art? How about when it comes to making music videos?
I got influenced a lot by the whole surrealism movement. It can seem quite obvious but René Magritte will always be my all time favorite. In terms of contemporary artists, I'd say that Jonathan Zawada intrigues me the most. His work is quite versatile but at the same time, you can feel his touch in each and every pieces.
Overall, I get inspired by all sorts of things from video games to books to standing on my balcony watching the purple Amsterdam sunset.
Question 3: How would you define your style of graphic artwork?
Maybe conceptual digital painting? I'll let people qualify it as they like.
Question 4: What do you hope someone will gain out of seeing the art you create?
I hope it'll make them dream. That their mind will switch from reality to imaginary. Even if it's just for a second.
Question 5: What is your favorite piece you have created so far?
I'd say it's the "Kids" music video for Jerry Folk. The meaning behind the track really inspired me and the collaboration with Jerry was fruitful. I'm grateful he trusted me during the whole process.
Question 6: How far do you plan on taking your art? Any future plans or goals you want to achieve?
I'd love to get it out of the internet. To take part of exhibitions and defend my work in the real world. That would be the next step.