interviewed by ewa poniatowska
POLAND > BOURNEMOUTH
ROAM: Where are you originally from?
Why did you choose to move to Bournemouth?
It was pure chance. In Poland, Uni results come a bit later than here so I thought why not England. My good friend was in Bournemouth too and I once promised her I would try. So I applied and got a place. It all worked out but [it] was a bit of spontaneous action.
Do you think moving to Bournemouth influenced your work in any way?
Oh definitely, many reasons. I got put into a completely new place, by myself. With all the time I want I can spend on painting. I live by the beach for the first time of my life. I meet people from all over the world.The light here is beautiful too, when the sun goes down especially. Have you watched Terminator, when the bomb erupted and everything just submerged in yellow? This is how the sun looks here.
When did you realise you wanted to be an artist?
Two years ago on a school painting trip. We had to paint five pictures. We went on a countryside so there were no distractions, just you and your friends. And all you needed was your paintings. It felt like the best time of my life and you could put all that into canvas. I realised that if everything around breaks down I could still be positive if I could paint. That is my point of reference.
What would you say influences your work?
Everything in life, everything. Everyone I see, everyone I talk to. As I carry my sketchbook around all my work is based on things I witness.
So it's all personal?
Who is your favourite artist? Why?
Francis Bacon definitely. There is this huge hidden battle in his paintings, it's all calm, beautifully set up and the composition is perfect yet troubling at the same time. The colours work and it's just astonishing. And the way he paints, I don't think you can go better than that.
Is there something you can’t live without in your studio?
Does your artwork have a specific theme it often follows?
Oh yeah, it's people. I'm a person myself, this is what I know the best. I don't know what it is to be anything else so I think by painting people I get to paint the realest thing I can. Also we are surrounded by people everyday so you can't escape it.
Which artistic mediums have you explored?
Acrylic painting, wall painting, pastels, a lot of pencil sketches. I recently did graffiti in Waterloo London which was amazing as well. A few street installations too which was basically taking everyday life objects and displacing them. I just realised it works well with your theme.
What is your favourite out of them?
Oil paint, the colours are just so vibrant, direct, so beautiful.
Name 3 things you miss most about your home country?
Family, friends, the feel of 'Polish-ness'.
What do you mean by Polish-ness?
The sense that we are the centre of the world right now. Also the beauty of the landscape.
Name 3 things you don’t miss at all?
Intolerance to being different which is much bigger than here. Not being able to smoke weed in public. Not having to fear going out, whereas in Poland you would sometimes leave with a thought that you might get in a fight everyday. I don't have that here at all.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? Why?
Now it's Berlin for me because that's where all my favourite current artists live. I have only drove through there and I imagine it's a place where the art is dirty and true. People don't care.
What's the best part of being a young creative in 2015?
Oh I still have power to walk and I am able to paint in bad positions cos I don't have an easel.
Give us a sentence for the world:
Let's hold hands.
More of Igor's on his website: www.igormoritz.weebly.com