“Art is a substitute for unreality that feels unattainable…”
Paul Zimmerman in conversation with Hans Johansson
Paul Zimmerman: You work in various disciplines of painting, graphics and video. How do you select your medium?
Hans Johansson: It starts first as a thought or an inner image which I then draw down on a piece of paper. Then it becomes a painting or a graphic sheet.
PZ: What is the most challenging aspect of your work?
HJ: The biggest challenge is if there is depth or volume in the picture.
PZ: What is your artistic process? How do you create your works?
HJ: I do not know how it will be in the end.
PZ: How do you know when the piece is finished?
HJ: When I am satisfied with my work.
PZ: Have your practice changed over time?
HJ: Yes, it is more direct now.
PZ: What is art for you?
HJ: Art is a substitute for unreality that feels unattainable.
PZ: How would you describe yourself as an artist?
HJ: I am always full of ideas.
PZ: Which artists are you most influenced by?
HJ: I am influenced by Jasper Johns, David Hockney, Giacometti and some others.
PZ: What are you working on now?
HJ: I am working on graphics and painting.
PZ: How does the pandemic influence your work and sensibility?
HJ: Not so much nut of course you try not to be affected.