Jef: my childhood, teenage, youth in the sixties and seventies : the pop, rock, folk revolution, the social changes of that time, counter-culture, beat geberation, alternative and social movements, flower power and psychedelia, and later (1977) : the punk wave.
APA: Who do you admire artistically? Who has influenced your work? Who do you study?
Jef: So many people… Hard to give only a few names.
APA: What legacy do you want to leave?
Jef: I don’t really care about any legacy. If any, I just hope that some young artists will keep on creating and use art and beauty to fight stupidity and hatred.
APA: What do you want people to obtain when they look at your work?
Jef: I don’t WANT anything from the people! I just wish they get some emotions, feelings, hopes, ideas and ideals... thanks to art.
APA: What do you think your purpose is?
Jef: Staying alive
APA: What is your workflow?
Jef: what is "workflow?"
APA: What is your creative process from start to finish?
Jef: I don’t think this is of any interest.
Jef: How can one have an "opinion" about such a huge thing as art in the 21st century!?
APA: What advice would you give to other aspiring artists?
Jef: Be yourself!
APA: In the next decade what do you wish to accomplish with your creative gifts?
Jef: Remaining as happy and free as I am now.
APA: What is one mistake every artist should avoid?
Jef: Never avoid mistakes! Mistakes are lessons.
APA: What do you do to keep going when you are not motivated or inspired to create?
Jef: I listen to music, I go to concerts, museums, galleries, I meet friends, I party, I share sweet moments with my wife and family.
APA: What artists influence your work most?
Jef: Too many to list them, and most influences are quite unconscious anyway
APA: What most often inspires your work?
APA: What is the most challenging part about being an artist?
Jef: Being a man, not being an « artist »
APA: What is the best part about creating art?
Jef: All parts are "best."
APA: What do you wish you knew about the art business before you got started?
APA: What is your creative process like?
APA: What do you believe is essential in creating a powerful work of art?
Jef: Not trying to create a powerful work of art !
APA: If you could hang out with one artist, living or dead, who would that be?
Jef: Prehistoric artists painting in their caves
APA: Who do you wish you could meet for the first time again?
Jef: Impossible to answer. If I don’t know that thing how can I say which one it is ?!
APA: It’s a random day 10 years ago, what were you creating?
Jef: I was trying to create my own balance.
APA: Would you rather create 1000 average pieces that all become a great body of work or 1 amazing groundbreaking masterpiece? Why?
Jef: All pieces have to be "average" and "amazing" at the same time…
"masterpieces" don’t exist! Some people decide they are "masterpieces"…
I am not a master and don’t want to be one, so I never paint masterpieces !
I believe life is all about making average moments extraordinary and extraordinary moments average…
Average should not be a negative term at all. What is interesting in life is that it’s a series of average moments that can become extraordinary if you decide they are.
APA: If you could switch lives with an artist in history for one day, who would it be?
Jef: I’m not interested in any switch of that kind.
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