“Vaskebjørn 1” “Pærlekjede” “Geir”

Julian Karlsen

“I’ve been through a lot, but not the good kind. I hope there is more love.”


Q & A:

Visual Artist

CO: What do you do?

JK: I paint pantings and sometimes make sculptures.

CO: What are you currently working on?

JK: Hospital visit, writing, painting and drawing

CO: Tell us about your work.

JK: Contrafecere.

CO: What are your strengths?

JK: Sometimes I can work a lot.

CO: What are your weaknesses?

JK: Sometimes I can’t work.

CO: Describe your personality.

JK: Humble & cute. Generous & positive. Negative & talented.

“Barndom 1”

“Barndom 1”

“Barndom 2”

“Barndom 2”

CO: What drove you to become an artist?

JK: I couldn’t pay attention in class and I couldn’t write so I just drawed and kept on drawing.

CO: What was the first thing you ever made and called art and how do you feel about it now?

JK: I can’t remember. My mom posted something from when I was nine years old some months ago. A drawing of a Rene Magritte style man wearing a hat and the text «mamma» under. I like my mom better than the drawing.

CO: What would you say is the artist/artwork that has affected you most?

JK: Everything Picasso. First thing comes to mind is Picassos Premiere Communion. 

CO: What would you say is the biggest misconception about art?

JK: Illustrators are not artists. Value in works is important. Putting yourself in your work is important. You can see it in a work of art if you can put your work away for months and still consider it good.

CO: How was your exposure to art and design growing up?

JK: Can’t recall anything special from school and my mom wasn’t very interested in art. My dad lived in London and showed me some museums later in high school.

CO: Who were your early influences?

JK: My mom, and she still is.



CO: Do you have a secret project?

JK: Karaoke and falling in love

CO: How do you see the future?

JK: Hard. Like a steep hill.

CO: Are you a perfectionist?

JK: I was.

CO: Can you live a normal life?

JK: I dont know. 

CO: Have you ever thought: This should be so much more than that? If yes: About what?

JK: Ive been through a lot, but not the good kind. I hope there is more love.

CO: Do you ever have doubts about your carrier choice?

JK: I did try architecture but that didn’t work out. There’s not much else I can do. 

CO: What harsh truths do you prefer to ignore?

JK: Life.

“Bare for lystens skyld”

“Bare for lystens skyld”

CO: Is free will just an illusion?

JK: Yes, your subconscious is your guide.

CO: Where do you find meaning in your life?

JK: Through suffer and joy.

CO: What is the most important goal every person should have?

JK: Be nice to each other.

CO: If all your memories were erased, what kind of person would you be?

JK: All of my interests is shaped by my experiences and I would probably just not be a person. Maybe less empathic. 

CO: Are there limits to human creativity?

JK: No. People have been on the moon.

CO: Is human creativity just rearranging and building on previous ideas?

JK: Always, if you’re not a genius.

CO: If you could ask yourself a question, what would it be?


“Drømmen om å ikke dø alene”

“Drømmen om å ikke dø alene”


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