Hi Kuldar, and congratulations on being the featured artist for our sixteenth pack ‘aisthetikos’! Tell us a bit about yourself.
INTERVIEWING – KULDAR LEEMENT
EXHIBITION XVI – AISTHETIKOS
Thanks a lot, I’m very proud to be featured artist and I appreciate it of course, but as some may know I have been busy as always – trying to improve myself and exploring new techniques with each work I make. Mainly I work and live in Estonia – in a small city called Tartu where I work as a graphic designer in ad agency. So that mainly means I do art just when I have free time and most of my work is actually results of self educating if I may say so.
I think your art style can be characterized as dystopian sci-fi art? Is that right, or do you think otherwise?
I actually don’t know – it really is sci-fi but I always try to bypass that genre and just focus on the overall theme – like even if it seems futuristic it’s more like concept art (like “what if” theme). Currently my main direction is more like traditional and retro cyberpunk look which has lot of possibilities for me.
It does and it shows! Anyway, the development of this artpack has been somewhat challenging in a way. As the initial idea we worked around the theme ‘Kalopsia’, which can be described as something being delusional, that it appears to be better or more beautiful than it really is. Quite an interesting theme to work with, but in practice, this theme posed some problems. Not for you, however. To come back to your aim at concept art, tell us a bit more about the concept behind one of your submission to this artpack, Nukie.
When I was in the military, we just loved to blow stuff up – it’s was just amazing actually. But even if it was the most awesomeness thing I had done up until that point, I still knew that the actually outcome for greater purpose isn’t beautiful at all – it’s basically the main problem what our civilization has to face every day – all this war is cool when you are immortal behind your PC playing COD, but in real life bullets can really mess up your life. Anyway – Nukie – it’s more than eye can see.
Ultimately, we changed the theme to ‘Aisthetikos’, which is Greek for aesthetics, to make it still close to the appearance element of Kalopsia. Do you think we succeeded with this change in themes?
Yeah – I think the change was good, but I didn’t mind the other theme too. I think it’s more important to give wider themes so artist can be actually more creative in that case.
Sounds fair. As last question, do you have any inspirational sources? Someone you look up to?
God damn John Harris is all that concept and sci-fi artist needs to know! This guy is just amazing. But I get my main inspiration from movies and anime. I just love good sc-ifi. I actually am in search of good cyberpunk anime (besides Ghost in the shell series) – and I’m not so much into books and comics. So if anyone reading this – please feel free to post your suggestion via my Facebook fanpage. But yeah – thanks a TON for this feature!
Alright, well, thank you for your time, Kuldar! Any last words you’d like to share?
I don’t know actually – I have this “Kuldarpunk” exhibit project going on, but I’m afraid it’s more like local (Estonia) project, so what can I say – I would like to thank all my fans who keeps motivating me to make more works (it can be really hard sometimes).