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Danny Romeril’s works focus on nature, music and the visual worlds associated with it: from landscape painting to still lifes of instruments.
Characteristic of his paintings and works on paper are the almost physical-looking figurations and musical instruments, painted in pasty colours, with an almost three-dimensional impression, as well as numerous references to art history.
Red Forest, 2021
oil and spray on canvas
167 x 152 cm
Trees and smokers, 2019-2021
oil and collage on canvas
124 x 124 cm
What is the emotion moves you to a painting?
Danny Romeril: I thought about this and I don’t really have one particular emotion that moves me to make a painting. I go to the studio, no matter how I’m feeling. But I guess the thing that makes me paint, is the curiosity about painting and image making. And I love doing it. It is not always easy, it’s sometimes quite hard to do a painting. But it is the curiosity about, how can I make an image, like a painting or sculpture or print-make or drawing, doesn’t matter what I’m doing. I guess it is probably curiosity, if it would be one emotion. I’m interested in trying to surprise myself in the studio. I don’t go in with a plan or anything. Sometimes I find that, if I go in with a plan, it never happens that way. So, I kind of leave that open and see what happens.
Antique Shop Instruments, 2020
oil on canvas
150 x 120 cm
What inspires you the most?
Danny Romeril: I like looking at stuff in the world , something that intrigues me in an image, like a tree or a like a chimney with a lot of chimney pots. I’ve been interested in trying to make smoke bubbles, as solid forms in a painting. When you see people smoking, they have these big bubbles and this is a solid object. I’m inspired by basically anything. Where it captures my eye, I want to paint that. For a long time, it was music and that images of music. And just recently I found out of that, so I’ve been painting trees. It is totally the same thing for me, I’m not doing anything different and I still listen to music a lot, but it just not so physical in the painting.
Looking into the future - Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?
Danny Romeril: I will still be painting and sculpting. I kind of take it day by day, like I take a painting by painting. I don’t have any big plans, just focusing on what is next and go with it.