Nick Kobyluch

Nick Kobyluch. Skylark Gallery. Self Portrait. 23-11-15 What inspires you?

 The urban environment. I love cities and the way they represent in complex physical form the many ways we interact as individuals and as a society. It’s all there in the odd juxtapositions, hidden corners and strange compromises.

Who are your favourite artists and why?

 Frans Masereel, George Grosz, Edward Bawden, Eric Ravillious, Richard Diebenkorn and David Gentleman are some of the artists that I come back to time and again. All share a mastery of line and form and for all of them the urban environment played a major role in their work.

What is your favourite medium or artist’s tool to work with and why?

 The pen. I see myself as essentially a line artist and I tend to feel more at home with a pen, though it’s the most unforgiving of mediums and doesn’t allow for the range and depth of pencil or charcoal. I suppose I like the fact that the mistakes remain – sometimes becoming the thing that I like about a drawing the most.

What do you think art offers society?

All art is about the chance to connect – to see/hear/think through others – without art life becomes a more limited and solitary experience, and it’s through connections that society binds and grows.

What do you love most about being an artist?

Occasionally, just occasionally something special happens – the feeling of having done/produced something that is new or different to everything I’ve been doing  – a step forward rather the usual shuffling around.

Your favourite place to visit in London?

Walking by The Thames.

What do you want to achieve as an artist?

To keep moving forwards.

Favourite way to unwind?

Football, Badminton, Movies & Books – but not all at the same time.

What is the single most important thing art has given you?

A sense of momentum.

Number of hot drinks in a typical studio day?

Too many.

Most pleasing artwork you created to date?

My sketchbooks.