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Interview with a spacescape artist: Janez Jevnikar: Sprayman

Interview by Caroline Miniscule

Read the interview in Slovenian!

I belong to a space and fantasy art mailing list, and someone shared a link to a video on Google Video - which turned out to feature Janez Jevnikar creating one of his masterpieces. It was a lot of fun to watch, and I asked him for an interview, to which he agreed.

Official website: (in 4 languages)

View Mr. Jevnikar's videos at Google Videos.

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The photos on this page are from one of the videos, and are reproduced with permission. But to get the full effect of his style, you must see these videos for yourself.

1. You have been painting using Aerosolgrafia since 1995. Before that time, what was your training in art?

Nothing, beside illegal grafitti art on the wall.

2. How did you first get started with Aerosolgrafia? Who introduced you to it?

About 15 years ago I saw a man in Nuremberg (Germany) doing spray art paintings. It was a simple kind of art, few planets and stars. It was in my mind ever since, but I had no courage to try. After 2 or 3 years, however, I tried it and have never stopped since.

3. What is your procedure when you create a new painting? Do you study photographs of the stars and take inspiration from that, or do you just only your imagination?

If the painting is "a la carte" then I have to study photographs, otherwise I only use my imagination. My classic designs are Si-Fi motives and Landscapes, but I do also "Pop art"-like portraits, nudes (woman-man act paintings), cars, motorcycles, animals etc.

4. You create all your pictures in front of an audience. Have you done this since the start of your career in Aerosolgrafia? Does working in front of an audience improve your enjoyment of your art?

First paintings were made on my balcony. I was afraid to go out. My art is not only painting, it's also show. I have to be quick, not only because of fast drying of the paint, but because of the audience. I have to animate them. Sometimes the painting is not so good, because I was doing it for the show. Sometimes I`m making a perfect painting, but the audience does not like the process and they go away. Sometimes the show and painting go together, hand-in-hand. When this happen, then I am satisfied.

5. Your website lists several exhibitions since 1997. Were these exhibitions held? Sci fi conventions?

No, just local gallerys, bars, schools....

6. Are you a fan of science fiction books or movies? If so, who are your favorite authors/shows?

I like Star Wars. It's classic. About books; I prefer Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

7. You have three videos loaded at google video, and they have received quite a few hits. Has your art business taken off since those videos were uploaded?

I made those videos for other purpose, but I put them on the net to show them to my friends. This was on October 10, 2006. After a week, a friend of mine called me with news about 5000 hits in a day. Now I have from 20,000 to 50,000 hits per day on my 3 videos together and in total 1.500.000 Every day I have at least two orders more because of my video.

8. How long has your website been online?

I have had the web site for 5 years now, but until now, nobody knew about it.

9. You do several sizes of paintings, from 8" x 12 " to 24" x 32". How long, approximately, does it take you to paint each size of painting?

Well, it`s not only the size that matters :)

Some paintings take up to one hour. Portraits and special requests like cars, up to 6 hours. But in average they take from 3 to 15 minutes.

Prices for these paintings run from $30 to $80, depending on size, and there is free shipping anywhere in the world.

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