Introducing Ivan Vostinar ARTIST

I was born in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1975 and our family moved to New Zealand in 1981. I was brought up in an environment that fostered an interest in art, but my early creativity found expression in technical and mechanical endeavors. I studied mechanical engineering at the Christchurch Polytechnic but was eventually sidetracked into student politics.

In 1998 I began painting with oils and quickly fell in love with the richness of colour and potential of this medium, soon I was full-time painting. In 2005 I had my first exposure to clay and quickly committed to ceramics. Clay is the best sculptural medium for allowing fast, spontaneous expression, however the glazing and firing present an immense technical challenge. It takes years to develop and perfect glazes.

In 2010 I was asked to make all the pottery for the Hobbit films, this involved two full-time years of manic production pottery – 250 firings, 6 tons of clay used and thousands of items were made. Soon after I moved to 7 Rangiora St, Castlecliff, Whanganui where I have my house, workshop and gallery.

For me the most important aspects in art are; freshness, beauty, originality and inspiration. One can admire great craftsmanship or find temporary interest in intellectualizing and conceptualizing, but in the end uniqueness is one of the rarest and most beautiful elements in art.

I start my work by clearing the mind, from this spacious state I start to paint or sculpt. Slowly something beyond the mind starts to emerge. Later my mind comes in to resolve the composition and deal with technical issues. I believe that creativity comes from beyond the mind. The mind is simply a tool to help manifest the inspiration.

Above all I want my work to convey energy, positivity and beauty – to give some expression to the formless.