Barbara Glatzeder is an artist that was born in South Africa where she studied for a diploma in Graphic Design, majoring in Illustration. Shortly after, she emigrated to Germany and spent many years working as a successful commercial designer. Barbara made the move from designer to artist but has allowed her work to be featured on products such as cross stitch and hand-crafted jewellery in the form of unique glass cabochon, ensuring admirers of her work could obtain her art in different forms. We loved the work Barbara created especially her detailed art created with fine liners and coffee giving her work a unique and distinctive edge. Finding inspiration in everyday surroundings, people and emotion Barbara experiments with different mediums, creating work that is always nothing short of striking. She has the natural ability to captivate her audience with her beautiful creations. Barbara is a wonderful and emotive artist that is striving towards her goals, we will continue to follow the creative journey of an exceptional artist and hope you will too. Thank you Barbara for sharing your art with us.
Self taught or art school?
I’m a trained artist. Because my highschool didn’t cater for in-house art lessons, we had to take classes at an Art School in the afternoons, which mainly centered around painting. After that I graduated from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology with a National Diploma in Graphic Design, Illustration major.
If you could own one work of art what would it be?
Starry Night, by Vincent van Gogh.
How would you describe your style?
Versatile. I work in many mediums, from ink to pastel and acrylics, depending on my mood – the only thing I haven’t tried yet is oil paint. I can’t say that I really prefer one medium over another, but my ink line work with coffee has proven the most popular for buyers though.
Where are your favourite places to view art?
Private, cosy little galleries, and online.
Who are your favourite artists and why?
I have many favourite artists, but the ones who probably influenced my work most are M.C. Escher, Alfons Mucha and Aubrey Beardsley. I can stare at their work for hours on end.
What or who inspires your art?
Mainly people, and interactions with them. Often an interesting conversation sparks off ideas for a painting.
Where is your studio and what is it like?
I don’t have a proper studio. Mainly, I work in my lounge on my coffee table or the floor, because there are many windows and I prefer natural light. I do have a storage space in the basement, but I don’t work there. The lounge is one of my favourite spaces in the house, so it makes me feel comfortable and relaxed.
Do you have any studio rituals?
Not really. I do however always have a cup of coffee and some music going on the stereo (never the radio! It’s too random.) And my phone is always near, as I enjoy uploading wip-shots as I go along, and chat to friends/fans about it.
What are you working on currently?
At the moment I am doing a large mixed media piece called “White noise”, on hard board. It’s basically a portrait which is covered in random app symbols, adverts and newspaper clippings – information overkill and digital tinnitus. As with all other pieces, the WiPs are on facebook.com/beeg.art for anyone to follow.
Where can we buy your art?
Originals as well as prints can be purchased from me directly, via email@example.com, and I have some POD images from my “coffeefied”-series on beeg.redbubble.com. My facebook page contains albums with most of the available pieces, framed as well as unframed.
What are your ambitions?
I want to be rich and famous! No, just kidding. The first priority was that my artwork would cover its own expenses, which recently started happening. I’m lucky to regularly get positive feedback and recommendations, which validates what I do. Although I realise that I would have to put more thought and effort into marketing my work / myself if I want it to be more financially viable, there are many aspects of this that I feel dreadfully uncomfortable with, so I tend to work things by trial and error, with many pauses in between. I keep trying new approaches and perhaps one day I’ll find a marketing way which doesn’t make me feel as vulnerable and/or arrogant as those which I have tried so far. Apart from making money, what I definitely will continue doing is creating pieces for several international NFP projects which support causes I can identify with. A fixed percentage of my art sales also goes toward a local social foundation. Doing this gives more meaning to my work and makes me happy.
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