ASK THE ARTIST: 12 QUESTIONS & A JOKE,
is an opportunity for our gallery supporters, friends and clients to get to know our artists a little better. It’s a fun way to get a glimpse into the personalities of the artists and at the same time connecting the artist with their art.
Hope you enjoy!! Ida Victoria
A lifetime of art immersion has led Hresula Bentsen to the age-old technique of mosaics. Her Greek heritage led her to Greece and the mosaic icons and floor patterns immediately struck a chord with her. In 2009 she took a class on the technique of mosaic art and became hooked. Forming a contemporary twist on an ancient art form, she employs a strong color palette to create fluid movement and flow in her pieces, whether they are large scale murals, wall hangings or free standing sculptures. Her key influences are modern painting, a profound connection to her natural surroundings and light, a color palette of the 60’s and primitive and other non-Western cultures. Based full time in Loreto, Baja California Sur, her work is constantly evolving as all art does in time. The long history of mosaic art in Mexico is also a constant inspiration and influence in her work.
Hresula is a very new artist to the gallery, and we are planning a show of her most recent works next month, on November 13th! I thought what better way to promote her show and to introduce her to gallery fans than to ask her to participate in our 12 Questions & A Joke Series… Let me introduce Hresula!!!
Q: If there was a favorite work of art you could hang or display in your home, which would it be?
HB: I am a fan of Sergio Garval an artist out of Guadalajara, Jalisco. The painting shown is his response to hurricane Katrina and the devastation to the people of New Orleans.
Q: If there was one dead artist that you could hang out with for a day, who would that be? Why?
HB: Antoni Gaudi. He was a multi-faceted artist working with mosaics, wrought iron, furniture, and architecture. His work is very organic and contemporary ahead of its time. Barcelona has an explosion of Gaudi’s influence.
“Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.”
“The great book, always open and which we should make an effort to read, is that of Nature.”
– Antoni Gaudi, Spanish architect & artist (1852-1926)
Q: If there was a magic power you could use in your art making, what would it be?
HB: Live long enough to create all the ideas in my mind.
Q: If we were going to talk about your art, where would you want to start?
HB: The passion of setting one tesserae at a time to complete a larger mosaic picture.