Five questions to Emily Starck

Five questions to Emily Starck

Emili Starckwas born in Belfort, France in 1979 and currently live and work in a small village in the countryside called Valonne, where there are more cows than people. She is self-taught and plans to paint in even larger formats than before in the near future. 

How did you get into art?

I’m a passionate and very curious person and I have always loved drawing. I started to do portraits of the people I love in charcoal and one thing leading to another I came to painting first in the figurative and finally to abstract which brings me real freedom.



How would you describe your style? What makes your work special?

My art is mostly emotional, gestural and colorful I’m very inspired by abstract expressionism. My work is special as I paint my deep emotions which are uniques. I'm listening to myself.

How do you go about developing your work?

I have a lot of books by artists who inspire me, I document myself a lot and I experiment even if it is difficult to get out of your comfort zone. It often hurts my morale but it allows me to move forward, I never consider my least successful works as a failure but as a step forward.

Who or what influences you?

I’m influenced by my everyday mood and by artists which I admire and which paintings give me chills as Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Willem De Kooning and Cy Twombly. I love to visit exhibitions in museum or art fondations like Centre Pompidou, Musée de l’Orangerie, foundation Louis Vuitton, foundation Cartier and soaking up the atmosphere there.

Make us curious. What is planned next?

I would like to reorganize my studio to be able to paint on very large formats, more than 2 meters that I actually do, I really like to be free in my gesture, not to be limited by the size of the canvas. I like to dive into the artworks.

Learn more about Emily here at N&A and anytime on Instagram.