Daniel Jurić — ARTIST

Daniel Jurić

Interview with artist Daniel Jurić —



1.  Who are you and what do you do ?
My name is Daniel I am 35 years old and I am an artist from Germany. It took some time to call myself an artist but I strongly believe you are an artist the day you decide you are. In school I was drawing all the time during class. One teacher ripped one beautifully drawn pig apart cause she thought it was supposed to be her. She still owes me a pig drawing! I was drawing for the school magazine and my art teacher once told me for a gouache painting I did when I was 15 years old “with this you would 
graduate in art school”. It took me a long time and lots of different interests like graphic design and photography to get back into arts. Now there is no turning back. This is my way. It has always been… I just had to get back to it. Which I did more seriously a year ago…?)




2. Why art?
Cause it’s the most beautiful way to express oneself and I have to. Art isn’t just a pretty picture or song or some words in a book. It shows us things we lack words for and it makes us feel.  It enriches everything around us. It can even teach us things we didn’t know about ourselves and the world. It is also our job to speak the truth. Even  the truths no one wants to hear. As an artist you also have to be a scientist, try to get to the bottom of things and like learning. Cause the learning never stops. I do like that a lot.


Raoul Duke


3. What is your earliest memory of wanting to be an artist?
Wanting to be… probably in school when I was reading comics. But really… when I saw pictures of H.R. Giger and his designs for Alien. Which to me is one of the most iconic and impressive creature designs ever. How he did melt organic forms with technological details also fascinated me.


Expressive Figure – Pencil


Female Figure – Pencil

4. How do you work and approach your subject?
Now thats tough. I paint with charcoal, watercolor, digital, pencil, ink, colored pencils and I just bought gouache, pastels and wanna try oils and acrylics. So I will probably use different media for different subjects. But I also like to mix them sometimes. I love experimenting and think it is important for artistic growth. I like being challenged but sometimes I am overwhelmed by all the possibilities.I usually start with a sketch over which I instantly start drawing or painting. Sometimes I think a lot before I even start. A lot of problems can be solved before starting to paint. Thumbnail sketches are also helpful. But I am pretty intuitive and try not to overwork my art. It should keep its liveliness and rhythm.




5. What are your Favorite art work(s), artist(s)?
Soo many… I love Steve Huston’s work. Also his approach as us artists being visual poets i deeply resonate with. Zdzisław Beksiński for his imagination and often morbid mood. H.R. Giger for sure. Who doesn’t like John Singer Sargent with his strokes? Anders Zorn was also great. I also love Alvaro Castagnets watercolors and illustrators like Ilya Kuvshinov or Claire Wendling. Most of the old masters like Peter Rubens I admire. William-Adolphe Bouguereau is amazingly beautiful. So no one wants to read for hours how many artists I like. Stop. Here. I don’t have a favorite artwork. Impossible to decide.


First Pastel Portrait


6. What are the best responses you have had to your work?
I like every response where I made someone feel something. Means a lot to me. A funny one was : “You are a master.” – “No I am not. I try to solve difficult problems every day.” – “That’s what masters do and they are also humble”. That made me laugh ^.^ Sometimes responses make me laugh, sometimes blush and sometimes they make me proud.




7. What do you like about your work?
Oh I am my own worst critic. I’ve thrown loads of drawings away and for a long time I even was afraid to show people my art and blushed at positive reactions. Well it is about time people see what I am doing.


Natalie Portman


8. What advice would you give other artists?
Don’t be too harsh on yourselves. Take your time. Art is tough dont think you can paint like a god after some months of practice or you will get frustrated. Concentrate on the basics first and repeat them from time to time. Everything builds upon them. Try to have fun with it 🙂


Male Back


9. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?

On the cover of time magazine as most influential artist of the century. Just kidding!! Making a decent living and giving myself to the world hopefully.

“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” – Chuck Palahniuk




Daniel Jurić


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