Inspiration from within - A smalltalk with Berlin painter Jonas Koch
Jonas Koch grew up in Hamburg in the north of Germany. As a child he never had a clear vision of what he‘d become except a grown up so school was nothing he found interesting at that time. Later he decided to rather move to first London and then Berlin to see and experience real life and existential facts than get stuck. He worked a little bit here and there from bartending to high end streetwear retail jobs until he turned out to become one of my current favourite Berlin artists.
“It took me a while to figure out what I really wanted to do, I guess a lot of people have the same problem - to have all these possibilities leads to being really unsure where to start. I always knew I wanted to paint, I always did do creative things but thought I wasn't good enough. That feeling never really changed but at some point I stopped caring too much about it.”
I always wondered what it is that makes an artist. Is it reputation, natural talent, intuition or the status of being able to pay your bills with your art? Is it something you’re being called or is it a name you one day decide to give yourself?
So I got Jonas into a little conversation.