A moment of reflection. We are always curious about the creative process of artists. How did they get to this point? We want to dive into the mind of the creators. The result: ‘Creative Process’, a column featuring artists who offer us an insight in their creative process.
Peter van Thoth is born in Hungary and based in London. He works mostly with oil on canvas or wood, but is always experimenting with other mediums and forms (acrylic, pens, markers, watercolour, sculpting, digital art, A.I./algorithmic art)
Inspiring artists: old masters like Rubens, Rembrandt, van Gogh, also contemporary artists like Hockney, Mura kami, Kusama, Emilio Villalba.
Unique fact: was a child math genius from the early age of 7 and was able to solve university level exams at the age of 10
Future dream: work, serve, love and establishing a creative art environment. Trying to make art contribute to the transformation and huge potential of human consciousness
SHC: Can you describe your art in one sentence?
Peter: My art is a spiritual technology of creation.
SHC: Has your workflow changed over time?
Peter: My workflow changes all the time. I paint less and less with preparation and rational thinking. Ultimately I converge to a practice that is absolutely spontaneous channeling. Right now me myself is a huge resistance to this. But getting there slowly and surely.
SHC: How can we see this when we compare your past and current work?
Peter: This process described above is a very cyclical and not a linear process. I am spiralling around this centre, getting closer and closer but many times going over the same stages over and over again. Comparing older and more recent artworks we can see these repeating themes, techniques, topics but all the time something is shifted, something is different, something is closer.
SHC: Does that mean you have improved?
Peter: With each painting, brush stroke and decision on the palette, I improve. But rather I would say I evolve towards someone who I am already, I just don’t know how not to resist him anymore. That was a big revelation for me. Most of my “problems” and issues are coming from the fact that I resist myself. So I try to resist less and less and flow more and more.
SHC: Can you recall one specific event that has changed you as an artist?
Peter: A dream which came to me in a moment where a very important and anticipated art project was coming to an end. Just before completion, it was leaving me in a dark vacuum regarding who am I as an artist. It showed me a very concrete direction and also showed me very specifically where not to go. It was a magical moment and energy that propelled me into something completely new.