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INTERVIEW, TRANSLATION AND SUBTITLING FOR CHANNEL M TV, MANCHESTER - Spanish to English
Artist: Miguel Angel Belinchon
View feature at: http://www.zeitgeist-online.com/media/zeitgeist9_part1.htm
Feature: “Urban Artist” by Janina Schindler
1. Style, inspiration, beginnings. How he became an artist
I have been painting for 11 or 12 years now and I began graffiti cause, through a graffiti magazine, I learnt about the art of spray. Since then, I began painting until now and after so long, there has been an evolution, I have managed to get my own personal style, with better finishings. It takes a very long time to master the technique of spray art.
2. Why he started painting
I have always liked painting, I liked classical Spanish artists such as Velazquez, Murillo, Goya, etc. Before doing graffiti, I used to paint portraits and some other different kind of paintings and, from that, I learnt how to use “realism” as a form of expression.
3. Artists in Manchester
For me, Manchester has been and still is, an experience. What I have noticed in the city is that, each artist has its own unique style. There are many different styles, not only in graffiti but also in urban and gallery art. I am really impressed and I really love this about Manchester; the diversity, the cultural mix reflected on the painting.
4. Art in the streets of Manchester
I have not seen much art or graffiti in the streets. I have seen art in decoration, in tiles, urban stencil art but not many murals although perhaps I need to know this city a little better.
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5. Cultural differences
In my hometown Linares, in Spain, murals are to be seen very frequently but, the good weather helps a lot for this practice. Here, painting in the streets is more difficult; it rains and it’s cold so people are less likely to do things outdoors so instead, they tend to exhibit in galleries more.
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One thing I think Manchester needs is more colour, murals, art in the streets .. cause with this weather being so grey, I reckon buildings should be used to give colour, life and joy to the people passing by or strolling around.
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6. His work
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The global name of the four pictures I have in this exhibition is “Joy” and then each one has a different name within Illusion. This one behind me is called “Fury” and it represents an angry, pissed off child, with energy, vitality and then each of the other pictures has a different name and a different meaning although they are based on children cause I think kids are a very important part of our own existence. It is the base to what we are in the present and what we will be.
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7. His technique
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All the pictures in “Joy” have been made with spray, aerosol. There is no stencil, marker, pencil, brush nor aerograph; only spray. And that is it. There is no more to it, no more technique or trick. Maybe it would be helpful for the public to see me paint a mural in the street to understand how it is done cause this is all there is to it: spray.
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8. Question 1 repeated from different camera angle
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I began about 11 or 12 years ago painting but after a while with a little more money, I began with graffiti after reading a graffiti magazine, which was in black and white, like a photocopy. I saw energy on it. I had never done something like that before so I said to myself : “Why not?” And I started slowly until now. My style has changed throughout time. Since 2001 I have been painting “realism” and “impressionism” in cartoonist style and this particular exhibition is based only on “realism”. Nut I am really open and experimental. I tried to find my inner style mixing different styles.
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