The Hero’s Journey of Ewen Gur

What is the best thing that I love about my work? To be free, to do what I want. Of course I am involved sometimes in projects where there is little freedom, but at the end I can decide with whom I want to work or not.
It’s priceless.

What is my idea of perfect happiness? No stress. No frustration. No cloud over your head and a clean view on the horizon. 


What is my greatest fear? To loose my family, to loose inspiration, creativity and my optimism.  

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself?I can be very lazy. I enjoy life very much, but sometimes too much. I can also be very aggressive sometimes, when something upsets me and disturbs my tranquility.
 
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? A lot of people, mostly from the illustration, digital and street art field. I like the spirit and the energy of an artist, it helps me to appreciate the art. To drop a few names: Invader, McBess, Jean Jullien, The Bird Machine, Jermaine Rogers, Nychos, etc. There are so many talented people out there.

What is my greatest extravagance? To paint naked, but in our new apartment with a lot of windows it’s not possible anymore. 

On what occasion would I lie? If it’s helps getting a project or administration stuff done, without hurting anyone, I can live with it.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? When I sell an artwork that I don’t like anymore instead of a good one. Or when people reject an artwork I’m proud of.
These things are very subjective, but I think that every artist on the planet have to deal with it. 

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? In my studio, discovering new and great techniques that could highly improve my art, while I was listening to good music. Those moments are the best ones.

If I could, what would I change about myself? Maybe if I could make all the mistakes I’ve done but earlier, so I would be at the same level, but younger.
But I would probably have a very different life now, so I’m not sure if it would be a great deal.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Probably a kind of recognition in art from colleagues and galleries, that gets better and better with time. Also when you work on a very big project and see your work in different cities. On a personal level, my son is my greatest artwork.

What do the words ‘The Financial Freedom to Create’ mean to me? It depends on the definition of these words. How much money do I need to support my family? Do I need to have a full-time job that I hate to be happy because of the money?
To make good art you have to be in a great state of mind, it’s above the money. I did my best artworks without money.

Where would I most like to live? Everywhere with my family, but preferably not too far from airports, railways and big cities. In our job we need to stay connected and inspired from the latest trends.

What is my most treasured possession? A Zippo lighter and a Fender Jazz Bass US that my father gave me plus two custom made knives from Laguiole, with my name engraved in it.

What is my most marked characteristic? I am too kind, in most situation it’s highly appreciated but a few people tend to take advantage from that. So I have to be aggressive sometimes.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Cafés and Restaurants all around Charlottenburg, my neighborhood.

What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? I have a few secret spots in Charlottenburg but I prefer to keep them just for me 🙂

What books influenced my life and how? The San-Antonio sequel by the french writer Frédéric Dard. He wrote something like 175 Books between 1949 and 2001.
He played with the french language like no other, creating new words and had the rare talent to make every boring story interesting. These books are religion.
It influenced my approach to art: trying to create masterpieces but not too seriously.

Who are my favorite writers? So many books, so many great authors, so little time to read them all!

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? Rock’n’roll of course. Something groovy, heavy, loud. Something that smells like smoke, sweat and whiskey.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Someone extremely smart with not necessarily physical strength, someone like Sherlock Holmes for example. Or the guy under smart drugs in the movie « Limitless”.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My wonderful wife, Delphine Maillard. She’s the true Supergirl!
Which movie would i recommend to see once in a lifetime? I love to watch underrated and Direct-to-Dvd movies. That includes all the Jean-Claude Van Damme collection and very bad Stevie Seagal movies.
Also “Undisputed II – III – IV” have to be seen. Scott Adkins is great in there.

What role plays art in my life and work? It makes life funnier, more colorful. With no art there is just emptiness, boredom. 

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My wife, always there for the good and the bad times. 

Whom would I like to work with in 2017? Underrated artists. Talented artists. People with soul. People who share. People who care. Not necessary famous artists.

Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2017? I would love to meet the actors of the lowbrow art scene in Los Angeles.

What project, in 2017, am I looking forward to work on? Make better art, evolve. Produce more art.

Where can you see me or my work in 2017? On the internet of course, my website, Instagram etc.. My main gallery in Berlin, Raab Galerie and my main agency in Stuttgart, Art28. Also a new partner, Gallery 8 arts in Colorado (US). Everything is or will be listed on my website: www.ewengur.com 

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? That we are artists or not. You can’t control this thing. You can’t fake it.

Which creative heroes should Peter invite to tell their story? Try my friends Carole Martiné, Jorge Rubert or Sylvain Tegroeg. You will find them on Facebook. 

How can you contact me? You can type my name on google « Ewen Gur » . You can also write me a nice email at contact@ewengur.fr


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