Name: Loui Jover
Where do you live: I reside in Queensland, Australia.
Known for: I am primarily known for my ink drawings on vintage book pages, some mixed media drawings and smaller drawings on found papers, these are figurative and/or graphic in content using elements of abstract, surrealism and pop art at times.
Currently working on:
Currently I am working on all these aspects mentioned above with the emphasis always on drawing.
When did you realize that you were going to work with this:
I never actually realized or had a “eureka” moment but have always drawn pictures from childhood, I always say that “all children draw, I just never stopped”.
If you could choose one place only to live, where would that be and why?
As long as there was a place for me to work that was relatively comfortable and safe from external difficulties then I could happily live there, I would prefer somewhere coastal and not too hot. There are so many interesting and beautiful places on this planet that I could never just narrow it down to the one.
How would you describe your design:
I would have to say my work would personally be described as centering on aspects of drawing in a loose and emotive manner.
How and when did you start to work with this in a serious manner?
If in a “serious manner” you mean, when did I start to make a viable living off my work well that has been for approx. the last five years or so, before this I worked in the graphic and commercial art industry or did other occupations to support my creative process.
What do you do at the moment?
At the moment I am very fortunate to be able to live from my drawings, this is my primary and only occupation. I live from my drawings quite comfortably at the moment, however I also know this could change nothing is certain in this life. We must remember Rembrandt died poor as did Mozart (not that I am making a direct comparison between these artistic geniuses and myself in any way, it is just that both experienced financial success in their lifetimes but this evaporated as well).
A recommendation for those who think about starting and running a creative business?
I am not great at giving advice however if I had to then it would be, find your own fingerprint (style) and stick to it, be inspired by everything and others but try not to follow, try and become an entity of your own, develop a style which you enjoy making otherwise you will end up miserable.
Tell us how it all started.
For me personally it was a slow evolution started as a child who is obsessed with drawing, while other kids played outside I mostly stayed inside and drew, there was and is no other option for me but to try and make a living off my work I cannot do anything else competently.
What is the most important thing in a workplace/studio for you?
A studio for me must be private and quiet, I cannot work with other people milling around, I also have no technology in my studio except for a small transistor radio. I am too easily distracted so apart from the things I need to make my work I have no need for anything else in this space/studio/atelier, nothing too fancy because I am messy.
What is your favorite film?
I am afraid I like many films and genres however if I had to list just one it would be ‘The Seventh Seal’ by Ingmar Bergman, this film has it all for me.
Who would you like to invite for a dinner and why?
I think I would invite my wife to dinner for she would kill me for inviting someone else…eheh…just kidding, I would probably invite Woody Allen or David Lynch because they seem genuine and interesting in the interviews I have seen them involved with. I don’t like politics and am quite uninformed about most other things except the need to create. Mr. Allen and Mr. Lynch seem a kin to this mentality and if we couldn’t talk then Woody could play his jazz clarinet instead 🙂
How do you like to spoil yourself?
Lol… I don’t think I really spoil myself, I am not sure why?…I don’t care to much for fancy things, I have however recently bought myself a small motorbike like I had when I was a teenager as a nostalgic thing and now and then I buy myself a good bottle of scotch whiskey.
What is luxury for you?
I don’t really think about this so much?….. I guess luxury is a fine meal on an exotic boat (old world not modern) floating down a special river like the Nile or around some Greek Islands or the Great Barrier Reef or a majestic Fjord with my family, something like that, I think I associate ‘luxury’ with old cruise liners (but not the ones that sink of course).
What is the nicest compliment you’ve received for your design, and from whom?
There are schools who’s students study my drawings and they send me emails and say things like “I want to be an artist just like you” these have come from places like England, France, America and even Iran! It is difficult to get a finer compliment than to inspire youth with your work – this for me is the epitome of being an artist… Inspiring others, no compliment can exceed this.
What do you fear most?
I fear a lot of things like big arse spiders or dying of a horrid disease and shit like that however in connection to my creativity I fear not being able to make my drawings anymore, be it from blindness or losing my hands. I fear I would not want to exist if I could not make drawings any longer.
What is a happy life to you?
Happiness for me is simplicity itself, a content family and the ability to be able to sustain myself off my work to continue to work, that’s it.
What does a regular day look like for you?
On a regular day I wake up quite early and do some things like this on the computer then fiddle around all morning taking photographs of my work and so forth till about 3 pm after this I retire to the studio and draw. That’s it every day, I draw almost every day this for me is a regular day, I prefer to work at night as this is much more quiet.
Tell us about your dream project.
I have always been fascinated by how the writer James Joyce or the composer Wagner had wealthy patrons who paid them a dowry to just create their work with no provisions or clauses, so the ultimate’project’ for me would be to have this kind of freedom to have someone pay a yearly wage and expect nothing but creativity in return, leaving that creativity to myself alone. Now that is the kind of ‘project’ I think most any creative soul would enjoy to partake in.
Who is your favorite designer?
My favourite designer?……Well I would have to ask in what field?……Architectural design? Clothing design? Furniture design?…….Industrial design?… These are all vastly differing practices to be sure….. I do appreciate Philippe Starck’s work, he is very innovative and creative.
How would you describe your style?
My own style is a little eclectic as it deals with a number of clear series and motifs however mostly I would say my style is figurative in nature with an emphasis on drawing and line.
Which is the one thing you can’t live without?
Without my ability to draw (and without my family however you have asked to mention one thing only).
What inspires you?
All things inspire me in one way or another, I think the world is bursting with inspiring things but mostly I am inspired by the idea of beauty, emotion and melancholia. I never fully understand people who say they are not inspired?…. They are limiting themselves by not opening up more. Inspiration is not an external thing we need to continually search for it is an inner thing that we simply need to tap into. One only needs to filter what they see through themselves and look inwards not outwards, that’s my thought anyway and it works for me personally.
A book that has changed/made the most impression in your life?
I have a healthy respect for many books and writers of fiction and poetry however I am particularly drawn to the works of Franz Kafka and very much to his tome The Trial. However this can change at a whim books are things that can be discovered always and often change one’s preferences, so one book can never be the all for me, it depends on what stage of life I am at. When I was a child Dr Suess was the book which meant all to me, now it may be Kafka. In the future it could be Proust or something contemporary or (I personally hope never) the Bible may become the book I most revel in. I do not want to close off this door, one book or writer cannot be the all… I mean there is Joyce, Burroughs, Proust and Woolf (Orlando is such a great book) and so on and on the list of great authors is endless so one book cannot be the all for me like one painting or one type of food cannot either. As with most things I like to have an open mind and try to digest the myriad of creativity out there. To limit oneself to just one of anything is exactly that – to limit oneself – I cannot subscribe to such a thing ever. I hope that does not make me to indecisive? And if it does well so be it, I prefer to be the indecisive fool than the fool stuck in one groove forever.