Meet the artist... Carlos Sebastia
Carlos Sebastia portrait

What was the inspiration behind the piece(s) in not just a shop?

This project tries to relate two elements such as space and time. The distance in time and space always collected from an unattainable present moment. With the intention of generating a process of contemplation through the layers of images that leads the viewer to a reflective and sensorial state that connects him with his emotions or lived experiences.

They are images where calm and tension come together through composition, where the grayscale and the focused and unfocused areas try to guide us in the process of visual exploration.

Who has influenced your work the most?

I do not have direct references that can influence globally in my work. However, I admire artists as Jessica Stockholder, William Kentridge, or Joan Jonas, also philosophers like Gilles Deleuze, Julian KristevaJaques Rancière who made me contextualize and understand the art practice in the contemporary world.

Carlos Sebastia painting

When did you know that you wanted to pursue an artistic career?

Actually, I worked during 12 years in a MK department for a couple of Pharmaceutical Companies and I did not like it. During that time I realised that I had to turn my career around because I had always wanted to be an artist, my uncle was a locally recognised painter and I always admired his way of understanding the world. So, I started studying my Degree in Spain while I was working and when I finished I decided to quit my job and become a full time artist.

What do you want viewers to take away from your work?

I do not intend to indoctrinate or show the key of any new path. My work tries to be sincere and direct from a sensitive point of view. I’m just looking for a trigger for a purely personal sensory experience.

What three things are essential to your practice?

Passion, challenge and a way of living.

What is the most inspiring place or exhibition you’ve been to in London?

I try to run away from the idea of the best or make a list. I can talk about the last expo that has influenced my work. Joan Jonas in the Tate Modern, basically because I realised that many of the ideas I wanted to implement in my last installation had been resolved in the same way 20 years ago. So it helped me rethink it and make it better.

Carlos Sebastia painting