Lawrence Grodecki, Digital Artist

Lawrence Grodecki celebrates the blending of the spiritual with the sensual,

portraying mainly feminine forms in his creations. He describes his art as more emotional than figurative or literal. 

His style is contemporary, abstract and original. For him it is all about circles and curves, a curiosity about blending, especially in the realm of ideas. 

As for technique, Lawrence's unique choice of combining his drawings, natural found objects and digital painting represents an evolved and mature art language. The bulk of the time goes into doing what is essentially digital painting...the final outcome is a museum-quality print, usually on canvas. He makes his creations available on his web site. While these are in open and limited editions, he also has unique, “1 of 1” creations available.

 INTERVIEW 

 

Thank you so much for agreeing to an interview for our new arts initiative. 

Herewith a couple of questions for you but please feel free to add anything you might want to. You can be as elaborate as you want on your answers! 

From which age or happening did you start having an interest in photography? 

Though my art is digital, and while I do use scans of various objects such as leaves, I am not at all a photographer. In terms of an interest in drawing, my earliest memory of that was my first art assignment, in grade one. 

Who do you greatly admire in the photographic arena and in other areas of the arts? 

As a child I would drift off to the library and privately broswe through the big art books, carefully studying the works of Dali and da Vinci. I love the story and art of Vincent Van Gogh and the art of Georgia O'Keeffe. There are so very many artists I admire, and I really do not put any small group on a pedestal. As for photography, I'm not nearly as familiar with that huge pool of talent. However, let's just say whenever the issue comes up, it's Ansel Adams who comes to mind. 

Do you think of particular themes at a time and how much time do you spend on planning this? 

There is a very good reason why I'm so comfortable in abstraction. That is because so much of my art is really about the realm of ideas, the imaginary universe. So much of what we know as emotion, floating out there...along with something we call love everlasting...perhaps not everywhere but definitely several somewheres. I think so, I hope so, and I create accordingly. 

Years ago I noticed that in nature I can't find any straight lines. Ever since then I have had a deeper fascination with circles and all kinds of curves. While I know this has a profound influence on my style, I am not sure it qualifies as a theme. 

When I start a project it is really very intuitive...what grabs me at the time. Once I have it on my screen, then it becomes very much a creative journey. I have no preset goal of how I want a piece to turn out. This way it is always an adventure, and one that often spans over several years. 

Finally, no matter what I do there is an aspect to my art that always comes out, and so I'll call it a theme. In one word my art is “sensual”. 

Do you have to travel much to get exactly that special scene for your photography? 

I have absolutely no need to travel, given my style and technique. Also, for 10 of the last 11 years I've been a live-in caregiver for parent with dementia; traveling was never really an option in that period. 

Do you often just see something and know you have to capture it right away? 

The closest I have to that experience is the urge to grab a sketchbook, get out and do some drawing. It's usually more or less doodling at that stage. My urge is to draw, not to take photos. Those urges seem to always be there, or not too far away. 

Do you consider freedom of expression in art a fundamental right of creators and why? 

Yes, though it's really not an issue I follow closely. It's safe to say that here in Canada it is something I take for granted. When it comes to fundamental rights, it is not art that concerns me. 

Do you think that creativity should be a priority of educational systems and how would you encourage it? 

I do believe it is innately human to find a way to express creatively. In order to noursish this through the school years, it makes so much sense to nourish this through the educational system. Having said that, it seems that arts programs, for example, can vary widely from one jurisdiction to another, or region to region. There is a lot of that in Canada. I suppose the diversity in these programs can be a good thing. Frankly I'm a big fan of keeping such decisions fairly local, but with the support of broader communities as well. 

Let's talk about creativity. What role should creativity play in society? 

This is strictly my opinion and only a small part of it. I think this role is changing rapidly, due largely to the amount and speed of information we are adapting to in the modern world. 

I do think of all kinds of art as being so beneficial in getting people to slow down for awhile. There seems to be a growing need for people searching for something that makes them feel good about life. Whether it is soaking in the music at a concert or deeply feeling what you see in a painting, every culture has this feel-good need. 

Regardless, the truth is there are so many roles and it is difficult to isolate one. 

To me the bigger issue is one of value, and that does eventually lead to financial considerations. This seems inseparable from the issue of “role”, and way too big an issue for this venue. 

What message would you like to convey with your photography? 

I am a little uncomfortable with the term “message”. I'm also careful not to “say too much” about any given piece, to avoid the risk of being “preachy”. 

I have this saying, “Beyond all forms of madness there is a supreme and ever-present peace.” What I truly wish is for my art to be a gift of a few moments of that peace...something positive, and something felt. To me that is much more important than any message. 

What or who inspires you? 

Love and kindness, compassion, humor, caring. That and the pursuit of truth in an ever-changing universo. 

What are your other interests?

Between creating my art and running the business side of it from my home, there really aren't they many hours left. The truth is that when I'm looking for something fun to do, I'll often just gravitate to creating new art. I'm terrible that way. I also spend a lot of time with my muse. I adore her and we drive each other crazy sometimes. But mostly she reminds of how precious love is, no matter the circumstances. 

Many, thanks for providing us with your information. I appreciate the time you have given! 

 

With kind regards.  

Xavier Daniel 

The 3NinesArts

Lawrence Grodecki gallery