“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.


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