Mediums: water, brass
Style: abstract, landscape
Favorite Quote: “Perfecting the art’ is a good line but does not say anything about continuing insights. It is as if perfect implies finished; it does not, as there is an evolution, a creation and regeneration with ongoing insight from the viewer.” ~ John Byde
Favorite Books: In Search on the Miraculous, Atlas Shrugged, The Hobbit
Favorite Movies: The Matrix, Avatar…
Eye of the Storm © John Byde. Set up to test a theory; a beautiful result revealing the Blue man, mysterious; encompassing physics, chemistry, kinetics, water & art ... what more do you want?
This new innovative visual art form came about because I wished to measure the charge in spinning threads of water; lacking any measuring instruments I found I could use brass (a metal composed primarily of copper and zinc) to show how charge moved in a water flow. I would not have made this serendipitous discovery without my other interests in subtle energy and power generation from water using free energy machines. Inventing this new type of artwork and then creating the individual pictures in photographic form by seeing the profound water brass images through the lens, is a unique process of artistic expression that has evolved over several years.
Please tell us about your first experience creating.
I could write a book on this. It is the most sublime altered state. My first experience would be playing with toys, crawling under a table that I turned into a car that needed fixing, as my father did repairing his car.
What music do you like to have playing while creating art?
Pitch BlackApe to Angel, Rick Smith, Marconi Union Weightless, Trance Groove Paris, Josh Krajcik, Alice Fredham, Beethoven’s 9 Time 2, Atmospheric dab mix, Indigo Sync presents Galaxy, Trance Groove Time Square, loads more…
If you have a job besides being an artist, can you tell us about it?
Surveyor supplying cad drawings for as built floor plans for lease changes liquor licenses and land registry changes to cartilage of properties.
Earth Swab © John Byde. This one was unusual in an unusual technique. Not sure why I love it; it takes me on unknown journeys.
What are you trying to convey to viewers through your art?
The amazing properties of water and what I see in these abstract images, landscapes, star fields, falling into imagination. Some of the pictures go with poems I have written or were stimulated by the whole creative experience.
Tell us about your creative process, from the beginning of a typical piece to its completion:
First I find the venue so I go prospecting with my partner. Even on a cold day I have the window down listening for the sound of a trickle from the verge. Then park and explore find the culprit in the culvert. The context is important, the land the sky, the time of year and the position such as a flow or a drip. Then the brasses are placed. We go back a week later and harvest. Now the fun begins. Such small areas are difficult to light, the lighting is indirect, surface illumination doesn’t show the depths; you have to go mining in the brass, to find a depth. The mind looks for a theme dismissing the obvious faces that appear, looking for and bringing forth the unseen. The music helps but a lot is done at dawn, in the quiet waiting for the first glow to come through the window. I use artificial light but all indirect, looking to carve out depth. I develop the pictures but they return the compliment. I love that place, like driving miss daisy.
What things inspire you to create art?
Man it’s like eating spaghetti once you start you got to suck it up all the way. The inspiration is the creativity; it is a zone an altered state, as good as DMT. Better than any artificial experience, it is divine as if your whole being effortlessly seize. You sniff out things and make something beautiful, your soul exposed, naked and from there you make things not even God can do because we all have that seed, why not even God? Because even it doesn’t know what you are going to create, you take all that is bit surprise. Other souls notice this in any art worth the name.
Merlin © John Byde. One of my earliest, this is where I saw the colours appearing for the first time in a dramatic fashion, mind blowing, how does it do that? With Merlin as well, wow, you know you are on the good stuff.
What exhibitions have you had?
No conventional gallery exhibitions so far. Exhibitions of my artwork have involved video/slideshow events and talks in 2013 mainly at summer festivals.
Have you sold any of your artworks?
Via eBay shop and festival events.
How do you promote your art on the internet?
At present mainly via my Facebook business page, website and eBay shop.
Tell us about influences.
The impressionists, Turner, Monet, Van Gogh, The work of Victor Schauberger.
Please recommend another artist you admire, and tell us a little about them:
Contemporary artists, some I like, anything that is well done, thoughtful with developed technique, no one in particular… what are you fishing for here?
Tell us something interesting in your life.
I lived in Norway and taught white water canoeing obtaining their highest award as a Vie Leder. We started a canoe club that is still going Nidelve kajak club. I was a lumberjack out there for a year logging on frozen lakes, working in minus 25C, fire fighting in hot summers. Travelled through Europe. I lived in Spain near San Sebastian in the Basque country, Cordoba in the South explored the Sierras.
I was a supervisor of a team of 15 people for 10 years training people in eco systems tree felling and saw bench, with some timber extraction. Re trained in computers in 95 learned CAD and developed a moulding system for the Gondolas on the London Eye. I went to Ruskin college in 2,000 reading IT got a place at Oxford Brookes but didn’t take it because I wanted to spend time with my kids. Worked as a CAD jock on the refurb of Nationwide House in Swindon then The Bull Ring in Birmingham. Found a cleaning system for large buildings. Started my own surveying business then got into free energy and anti gravity studies with Tesla, Dollard, Bedini, Schauberger. I started giving talks on Free Energy several years ago and have given about 35 over the years most at festivals such as Truth Juice, Off Grid, Harlequin, Green Gathering and Secret Garden Party.
What plans do you have for the future of your art?
Planning to apply for an art grant funded by the Arts Council for further events, productions and exhibitions.
Do you have any good advice for emerging artists?
Don't confuse gratitude and appreciation with worship. JB
Because you are of service doesn’t mean you have or need a master. JB