We are back with our weekly designer Q&A and this time its all about Arts.
Favotell's guest for today is Helt Sort, a Danish Contemporary Pop Artist.
We spoke to Helt Sort to figure out more about his life and get a sense of inspiration that lays within every single arts piece that he does.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
Definitely an artist. I've always wanted to be an artist. As a boy I had a huge focus and love for the imaginative surrealism. My creative urge was great. My biggest role models growing up were Salvador Dali, René Magritte and our very own Danish Wilhelm Freddie. Freddie was perhaps not as widely known abroad, but at home he was definitely among the best in the genre and highly recognised for his activities, which also made him a professor at the Royal Danish Art Academy.
Did you study at school for art and design? How did you learn the skills you have today?
After a few years in a basic drawing and painting school I was disheartened and went away from the art road. The new road brought me first to a technical drawing education the subsequently studying - Building Construction Technology. This is a cross between engineer and architect. However I suddenly found myself in the advertising industry. Here I got money for being creative. At first I was an autodidact illustrator and layout artist. Later I became an art director and graphic designer with my own agency. The focus however, was over time more and more on concept development and actual product development and design.
Who is your favourite Artists at the moment?
I am a great admirer of Banksy. The brilliant understated graffitti motives and the conceptual approach. As a former advertising man one can only give a high five for all this that goes up in a higher unity. Danish Olafur Eliasson is also fantastic. His installations can take your breath away. In a completely different genre, German Daniel Richter. He tells stories with power, painting pictures which is about the world we know and live in. The paintings are about policies, sex, music, ecstasy, violence and conflict etc. Altogether three very different artists, but they all have a constant quest and search for excellence in common.
Who or what influences your work?
There is no doubt that my advertising background affect my work, like the hole graphic design experience affect my approach. Outside these influences everything from the works of other artists, often from early pop art days. This is an art form which I have made my mission to extend to the next level. But also everything from movies, news to other streams e.g from interior and fashion have great impact on my art work.
What’s your proudest achievement in your career?
The daily positive feedbacks that my pictures get on Instagram means a lot to me. Feedback from art interested people from around the world, from like minded artists- aspiring/established and sometimes even from major internationally recognised galleries. I have only recently jumped out as (very) active artist, so the reception has been very overwhelming. The first milestone was when a contemporary art gallery said yes to exhibit my artwork. I was taken seriously. Last summer it was great when my bottle design for Skotlander Rum was voted as the world's most beautiful in London last summer. Recently one of my works was featured in a collection by Saatchi Art in the renowned, Saatchi Gallery. The picture, titled"Catwoman" was subsequently purchased by an art collector in Washington DC, which was great. On the whole I feel the most sense of achievement when a person chooses to invest their hard earned savings in one of my pictures to hang on their favourite wall. It does not get bigger than that.
If you could give your ten year old self one piece advice what would it be?
Son, courage is not something you are born with. Practice and challenge your courage in all sorts of contexts; physically and mentally, while you are growing up. Later it will open many more doors for you and with them many more opportunities but also doors to failure. This then gives you guts; which means you are not afraid to fail and if you're not afraid to fail, then you can instead learn from your mistakes in order to make a difference for yourself and your surroundings. I first found my own courage after a period in the military. Before that I hide my self in my paintings afraid for becoming an adult who not could live up to the standards that were set around me. As an adult it took me many, many years before I found the courage to remove the focus from the commercial and settle in favour of the artistic and the uncertain.