Toril Baekmark Illustrator – Interview
Name: Toril Bækmark
Birthday: 25 april 1966
University: The Danish School of Art and Design
Favorite Color: akvamarin
Favorite Book: “The Children’s book” by A.S. Byatt
Favorite Movie: The Piano
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Quote: oooh i always forgets quotes
Why are you an artist, and when did you first become one?
Somehow I couldnt do anything else, its an urge. . After graduating gymnasium
Could you tell us some more about your work?
I work decorative, using akvarel and black ink, making the elements work together.
This is what inspires me too, working with a loose hand and letting go of the controle. Accidents happens but it makes the illustration come a live. Some time I think its like music, getting the rhytme. I also work very figurative, but inviting chaos into the making
How would you define yourself as an artist?
I am an illustrator, but if i get get a lot of freedom doing my illustrations, I am best.
What inspires you to paint?
Nature, trees, leaves, landscapes… people, the pose. Especially the estetique in fashion. And then working with the materials, like watercolor and ink
You seem to use a lot of symbols in your work. Do your paintings tell stories or are they simply decorative elements of the painting?
What I really like is to create an atmoshere, a feeling and ekspression in my drawing. I work very intuitive
What famous artists have influenced you, and how?
When I was young, I was very inspired of impressionist like Cezanne and Toulouse Le Trec, Then David Hockney had a great influence to my work. When I started working with fashion illustration I was inspired by Mats Gustavson which is fantastic with avarel, he made me try new ways with painting with akvarel. But I also spend 6 month in Warsaw Art Akademy, doing illustration and poster design. The Polish work very intuitive and that insired me a lot.
What other interests do you have outside of painting?
I must say that is my main interest, that is what i love to do in my free time except from reading, enjoying nature and my family
You seem to be very aware of the history of painting. Where do you see painting today?
I think painting will always excist, a good painting will always be interesting, but offcourse art is changing, now art is also created digitially and printed out. But My eksperience is that the more digitially the world gets, people love things done by hand where you can see how the materials work together.
How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art?
It would be like starving, creating is like breathing for me.
What are your next projects?
At the moment I am doing pattern design for fashion and lifestyle, but soon i will start a large project for a Danish Fashion designer.