Whatsgood. learned about Skount through a mutual friend and besides being amazed by his use of color and detail, we were also very curious about why someone would leave sunny Spain and move to Amsterdam. We first got to know Skount's work through his street art but later discovered that he doesn't confine himself to just walls and canvas. Have a look at our interview with Skount and keep an eye on this supremely talented artist.
You mentioned that you were inspired by a Spanish theater in your home town, and generally plays and playwrights. How would you describe your style of art and what elements of it do you feel are directly linked to theater and playwrights?
I come from Almagro (La Mancha, Spain) land of noble knights and told in the Cervantes’ Novel (Don Quixote). My hometown has an important history, the conqueror of Chile was born there, making the architecture of the town unique in the area, with notable Hispanic American influences. Also, it is the first Templar settlement, which makes that the town has a big religious infrastructure. The main square was a gift from the kings of Brussels in the sixteenth century and there is a “Corral de comedias” (theater type) unique in the world. Also, Almagro has an important classical theater culture where acts from gold century were and are performed in his different theaters.
Growing up surrounded by theatrical charm and stories of knights, one could say that my work is influenced notably by these aspects, since I was child I was really fascinated by the stories, myth, clothes and aesthetic from old centuries, also I was really surprised how an actor on classical theater can change his character just changing his mask; with the passing of the years I realized that the real life is not far from the theater where somebody can change his identity, just choosing another mask.
Nowadays, in my opinion, everybody wears a mask in a metaphorical sense. Humans worldwide have used masks since ancient times for sacred rituals, as ornamentation, in performances and theater. The mask disguises the identity of its owner and symbolizes the need to hide or repress a person’s desires, fears or concerns. I consider that everyone carries masks; with it we conceal our identity and adopt a more socially acceptable image to get by day to day. However, there are also moments in which we can reveal our true nature, and take them off.
In turn, I have traveled extensively in Latin America, Europe and Asia this influence is also rooted in some of my works.
For me is really difficult to give a total description of what I paint or I do, because every day I receive a lot information from the world that surrounds me, this information combined with my roots, feelings and the influences I receive every day from different random things make my style
Your art typically involves a lot of references and scenes of the cosmos. What about space interests you so much and how does it influence your work?
It is true that the last year in most of my paintings appears references to cosmos and universe. A cosmo is a harmonic and ordered system but constantly evolving and changing, I use this as a symbol of our inner self or a seeking of hidden feelings, thoughts or desires because everything is part of us and we are part of everything, it influences us and make us who we are and that is how we create our identity or inner universe.
You work in many mediums; paint, paper, music and performance, video art, sculpture, and installation. What medium do you find the most interesting to work in and why?
All of them for me are interesting, I can’t say that I have a favorite medium. For me, the most interesting is the study and process of the piece, even more than the final result, so at this point I really like to experiment with everything and try new things
What brought you to become based in Amsterdam? Is there something about the city or art scene that is conducive to art?
The main reason that brought me here is that Amsterdam is a great city, not so big, cosmopolitan, with a lot of cultural events and it is more or less in the center of Europe, so for me is easier to move to other parts of Europe.
One of the best thing that Amsterdam has for the arts is that there are a lot of things in his cultural agenda with a lot of variety and diversity, it makes Amsterdam so rich culturally and keep my mind fresh in different ways.
What projects can we look forward to seeing from you in the future?
At the moment, I am working and developing a new series of abstract paintings and murals inspired by different ecosystems of places I am visiting, including colors, plants, landscapes, people, customs and patterns from the different cultures of the places.
And also I am working on new surrealistic paintings for some upcoming shows but I can give any information yet