Interviews | Núria Farré | 17-11-2020

Núria Farré is a young painting and photography artist. She was born in Barcelona in 1992 and studied Fine Arts at the University of Barcelona. Despite being so young, Núria has experienced a great artistic career: she has exhibited her artworks in galleries and museums on a national and international sphere. Apart from Spain, she has traveled to the USA and Taiwan and has attended different fairs in cities such as Paris (France), Cologne (Germany), Taipei (Taiwan), and Madrid.
Her works have been awarded by the Sabadell Emerging Art Prize and have also been selected and been a finalist in international awards.
Her art is mainly based on her biography, so her life is the starting point of the artwork, and we can see on them an emotional background that connects directly with the spectators, always surprised by the atmosphere that her paintings release.

Could you describe your first contact with the art world? Why did you become interested in urban art?

My first contact with the art world began when I was studying Artistic Baccalaureate in La Massana, that was the time when I realized that I wanted to grow up as an artist, so I started painting at that age and I couldn't stop. However, my relationship with urban art started much later, with some graffiti I did as a teenager, but my first real forays into urban art date back just a year ago. I started painting after an exhibition I did at the Mutuo gallery where I met a girl who invited me to paint a mural with her one day and it seemed like a great idea, so I said yes. It turned out that I ended up becoming close friends with María Cuellar, the girl who invited me to paint and made me be interested in muralism.

How did you get to know Wallspot?

María Cuellar discovered it to me the day she invited me to paint the first mural. I had a billion doubts about how to paint a mural and she told me, calm down, just buy some paint cans, brushes, and rollers, you download the Wallspot app and you're done.

We can see, in your artworks, a very professional, careful, and pictorial technique that creates a very positive impact on viewers. It also has a special and unique style if we think of urban art. What motivated you to paint outside the conventional canvas?

I am a practically self-taught painter and I worked very hard to paint the best I could, which, after so many years of painting and refining my technique, ended up being a burden to me. I needed something that would force me to experiment and get out of the comfort zone that oil painting brought to me.
Mural painting gave me four key things: an unknown technique, a huge size, the need to paint against the clock, and, best of all, it's ephemeral!

How does painting from a canvas to a wall change? Could you describe your creative process and what materials you work with?

When I work on canvas, I use oil painting. Now my relationship with muralism has led me to discover aerosols and fluorine colors and my work on canvas has improved a lot thanks to this, in the murals, I use plastic paint, rollers, and paintbrushes.
My creative process is very similar in both cases, I always start from photos that I take myself (except for some that I find in my family albums) and that I edit them with Photoshop to change the color treatment. For a while I was very into dark paintings, however, now I'm saturating to the limit, it depends on the moment.
When I have the picture, I simply move on to the canvas/wall as best I can. I'm a very ‘’simplistic’’ painting and I don't like to do a lot of preparations, so I make a simple grid and start coloring it right away. Then better and worse things come out, but it's part of my pictorial re-education process based on experimentation.

Would you recommend Wallspot to other users? How do you think it affects the fact of bringing the art to the streets of the city?

I never stop recommending Wallspot to everyone, I can even be quite annoying, but muralism is making me better as an artist and I certainly consider that it’s great it can be accessible to the people.
I think bringing the art to the street is probably the only way how to democratize art. Beyond an aesthetic aim, it’s a fantastic way for the artist to jump on this industry, the market, or however you want to call it, and for the artist to show their work directly on the street. Do you want a storefront? there are plenty of ugly walls on streets that would work out very well.

Moreover, it connects artists with the neighbors, it’s amazing to paint and see how people stop because they’re interested in what are you doing. It’s an active way for the citizens to participate in the urban sphere of their own city.

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