Inside the Studio

Carles Azcon Jutgla

What are the major themes you pursue in your work?

I am fascinated by nature, and with everything that moves and produces mutations of shapes, smells, and colors. I am constantly looking for that point of symbolic union of the sky with the earth, the cosmos with the earth. I look for points of contact between art and science. For me, it is important to be aware that humans are part of a biological network; I try to represent this through the matter and the texture of paint, leaving the trail symbolic of the human mind.

My current series of paintings reflect shapes that symbolize the four elements: earth, wind, fire, and water. I create compositions that suggest molecular shapes, marine life, the state of evaporation of the water, the color of a Mediterranean forest… finally a “Carpe Diem” of color and shapes.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?

The best advice I have received is: “To create is to believe, and to believe is to create.” But also, less is more.

Prefer to work with music or in silence?

When I’m working, I like listening to music, like rock, classical and Catalan music.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?

I would like to have Miro´s painting, Pagès català al clar de lluna (Catalan peasant to the skylight of the moon). I like the symbolism of the night and the ground, and the moon creates a poetical touch. Certainly, Joan Miró, is an artist that has influenced my current style.

Who are your favorite writers?

I mostly read books related to the pictorial technique and contemporary trends of art… one book that has made a strong impact on me is, Voices of the Desert by Marlo Morgan.