ALEK BELANGER

CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

AB: My work is abstract with elements of expressionism. I’ve always loved the mysterious element in abstract art. You’re forced to open your mind to thousands of interpretation when dealing with the world of abstract.

AB: My style varies depending on the Art Series. I create a body of work that carries a similar mood, color pallet and style. For example, my recent series is Black & White, which has a specific style. I started my professional art career with that approach and its been serving me well since.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

AB: I try to stay raw with my emotions, experiences & memories. Hearing other people’s life stories also inspires me. I turn all of these different inspirations and direct them through music. I constantly listen to different genre of music when creating a certain artwork. Visual inspirations is also a big element during my creative process. I create monthly moodboards on my website and social media in case other people also have that same approach when creating art.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

AB: My creative thought process when starting a new project (art series) is usually focused to certain emotions. I gather images and write down key memories that explains those emotions I want to portray. It’s a very intimate and raw creative thought process at first. I love it! When developing a creative approach to a commission-based project though, I think about the buyer and the space where the piece will be installed first. It’s still as intimate, there’s just more structure when beginning a project of that sort.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

AB: I simply want people to take the time to open their mind and allow themselves to think of their personal interpretation when looking at my artwork. My abstract work doesn’t have one specific definition or theme. I want it to be open for discussion, where no one is right or wrong.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

AB: As an artist, I’m constantly watching architecture, fashion and art themed videos. I make sure to put in as much time in fueling my creativity as to having to reply to emails and paying bills (the adult stuff). I also avoid following a daily routine.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

AB: I would say a bit of both. I definitely like to have a particular direction at first, whether that be the amount of texture I want to create or what kind of feeling I aim to express. But once I start painting, it becomes impulsive and spontaneous. It’s like the idea where you need to learn the rules in order to then break them.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

AB: One major lesson I’ve learned is to create a specific direction/goal in how you want your art to be recognized by people. Once that’s been thought out, to take it day by day. Consistency is key.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

AB: Personal style & taste is definitely a huge importance in my day to day life. “I think the best thing I ever did recently was to start digging deep and asking myself why I am the way I am and do things the way I do. It takes a ton of work and intentionality, but getting to know yourself on a deeper level will help you thrive”. Even if it’s just realizing what kind of personal style that best describes you.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

AB: The hardest thing about being an artist is to constantly having to remind yourself to honor your work. There’s a lot of rejections in this business, which creates self-doubt. I try to stay mindful of the reason behind my love of creating art. To value the intimate energy I put into an artwork and not let a rejection destroy that burning fire in me.  

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

AB: There is so much I love about being an artist. Allowing myself to feel things deeply, and to report it back to the world through my abstract art is such a great feeling. I also love seeing my work in people’s homes. Knowing my art is creating discussions and thoughts in people’s spaces. It’s such a fascinating concept.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

AB: Oh, so many artists inspire me! To name a few, Jwan Yosef is a painter and installation artist who has such an innovative approach to his work. I love when artists test their boundaries. Thierry Mugler, a French fashion designer who’s known for his “out of this world” and theatrical runway shows highly speaks to me. The art of fashion has always been an inspiration when creating my abstract work. Lastly, (I have to mention her) my mother is by far my biggest inspiration. She’s an experimental visual artist, constantly thinking out of the ordinary when dealing art. She’s always allowed me to explore different paths in life from the moment I was born. 

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

AB: Technology is an extremely useful tool for artists today. If you take it in your advantage, the possibilities are endless. It allows artists to be innovative with their artistry. Thanks to advanced technology we have today, I was able to launch my first Virtual Art Show. It allowed people from all over the world to experience my Black & White Series in a immersive way. Because so much is digital nowadays, original artworks have an even bigger value to people. Owning a one of a kind art piece is a special thing, especially since no one else can experience the physicality of that unique, one of a kind artwork.

CH.89: Do you think being an artist allows you to view the world differently from those who don’t follow creative paths?

AB: I do think so, yes. When I experience a beautiful situation or go through a struggle, I’m able to express it through my art. Through colors, movements, contrasts, textures (…) It’s the main reason why I’m an artist, I feel better understood thanks to my artistry.

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

AB: I absolutely love traveling, though I haven’t traveled to enough places yet. I remember exploring the island of Capri which changed my perspective about beauty. The jaw-dropping scenery and fresh winds made me realize how precious it is to travel. It expands your mind to many creative possibilities.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

AB: I’m unfortunately not a big reader! I’m more into films. If I’d have to chose a favorite film though, it would have to be Moulin Rouge directed by Baz Luhrmann.

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

AB: I’m currently developing the idea for my next Art Series. This will be my fourth series, I’m excited to push myself even more with this one. 

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

AB: Being an artist means to observe expression and feel meaning. To celebrate everyone’s uniqueness and to stay honest with your yourself.

CH.89: What’s the last song you listened to?  

AB: Stay Gold by First Aid Kit 

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?

AB: I’d say that the aesthetic of my work is like wine. It’s gets even more precious with time.

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