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Art & Life with Lea Kolkopová

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lea Kolkopová.

Lea, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I remember myself as a little girl being locked in my room, bended over a piece of paper and draw portraits for hours and hours until they were a perfect copy of the original. I didn´t have a stand at that time and I needed space so I was drawing on the floor. I was desperate about the perfection. I wanted to become a painter one day but I just didn´t know how would I do it, I was not able to draw or paint anything which would not be a copy, I couldn´t find my style and that was very frustrating for me and I did not believe in myself.

I was guided by a local artist, who believed in me, he was a great, openminded person and loved expressive, colorful art which I admired but I hated when he was touching my “perfect” art pieces. 🙂 He kept telling me: Lea, you need to find your own style… Around my 20 I decided to focus on something else: languages, I actually stopped drawing and painting for several years. In my late 20 ties, I was working in a huge corporate and I knew it is not my dream job and that I will find it one day, but again I did not even know what it.

As I was searching for myself, I met somebody who asked me to express my feelings, frustration through art without thinking about the result. When I succeeded, I was amazed and that´s how I started to paint again, this time straight with colors, acrylics, no intention, pure meditation, joy. Time to time I sold a painting… Two years ago I quit my job, not knowing what will I do. I only felt I want to paint every day. And this is how my journey started and I am still processing it which direction to take.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
Two years ago I started with this intuitive art technique where only my emotions were my inspiration or sometimes nothing, I just wanted to play and the only halfway through I was deciding which way to go or got inspired by something. I had a long blue period, for some reason I always grabbed this color.

The biggest inspiration was when I launched an art course which I named “Free art class”, where I am not teaching how to paint, but helping people to express themselves as I believe that everyone can do that. I love to play with a spatula and I layer a lot and for days, letting myself get surprised what will come up! I love people´s opinion, emotions. I believe an art piece should evoke and awake emotions, I am happy when this happens with my paintings and people want to share it and we can talk about it.

However, this spring a new wave of inspiration came to me: I started to paint portraits again. I pick an interesting topic or person I admire, or I am expressing an emotion. I am surprised about this my new turn and excited where will this lead me to.

Given everything that is going on in the world today, do you think the role of artists has changed? How do local, national or international events and issues affect your art?
The role of artists has definitely changed but still not as I would wish. I still miss more openness. I also meet people that don´t know how to look at art. I understand their worry, for the start, they could begin with: like or dislike. It´s simple as that. Maybe they are worried that need to seek for something more sophisticated. But I believe that a true joy of liking one piece of art is sophisticated enough. 🙂

Today´s world is open to many styles, which is great. The artist just needs to find own style, work with passion and things can move easily. I receive a great support from people and I am grateful for it.

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Image Credit:
Lukas Moravek, Ondrej Krchnak

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