An Interview with Jason Balducci.
Who and where are you from?
My name is Jason Balducci, and I’m an Italian visual artist currently based between Italy and Canada.
What brought you to Art?
I have always been surrounded by art, both my parents worked in the field, so I grew up in an environment of visual stimulation.
So, I would say that art was brought to me, and during the years it became the expression of my feelings where words weren’t enough. I have always felt that I was different from others, kind of an outsiders. During the moments when I preferred to spend my time alone, art was always a companion and vehicle to make me feel part of something.
What is your driving force?
My driving force is to push further into experimentation and the unknown. I can say that It's like a personal quest to find that something that you haven't found yet, an expression of inner feelings that represents the invisible to others. For me Art in general is the best expression of the human being and an universal language that breaks all possible barriers.
What kind of work you do and why?
I do paintings, mainly portraits. In painting a portrait the problem is to find a technique by which you can give over all the pulsations of a person. That's why portrait paintings are so fascinating and difficult. Most people go to the most academic painters when they want to have their portraits made because, for some reason, they prefer a sort of colour photograph of themselves instead of thinking of having themselves really caught and trapped on the canvas. The model is someone made of blood and flesh, and what has to be caught is their spirit and emanation of energy. I paint people because I truly think that art is an obsession with life and after all, as we are human beings, our greatest obsession is with ourselves.
Tell us more about your thought process.
I very much prefer working from the photographs taken of people I know, most of the times my models are people I have had the chance to know, so that while transporting their image on canvas I can add characteristics that I remember through shapes and colours.
It is harder to attempt to do a portrait from photographs of somebody I don’t know, but if I both know them and have photographs of them, I find it easier to work than actually having their presence in my studio. I think that if I have the presence of the model in my room, I won’t be able to drift so freely as I can with the photographic image. I feel free when I’m alone with their memory, it allows me to distort the thing far beyond appearances.
Please share with us the one modern artist whose work you find Interesting and why?
This is a difficult question to answer since I appreciate many artists, each one for a different reason. The ones that I admire the most are Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Willem de Kooning. As living artists I find the work of Andrew Salgado so interesting and inspiring, both for his great technique and the messages within his work. I really hope to meet him someday.