“I hope that people see my work for its essence other than its label,” says digital photomontage artist Tommy Inberg.
Tommy Ingberg is a Swedish digital photomontage artist. He started photography at the age of 15, submerging himself into several areas of photography including, portrait, nature and concert photography, etc. Despite possessing these skills, he wasn’t fulfilled as he was yet to achieve the artistry he believed was in his reach.
Several years later, he found himself creating surreal photomontages that were centered on his feelings and subconscious. Alas! his artistry was born. He began to feel like he had succeeded in exceeding the need to create pretty pictures that held no extensive story. With consistency, his art became a form of therapy and a medium of expression as opposed to “just” a profession.
Digital Photomontage Meets Surrealism
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Digital photomontage and surrealism
Exploring the world of surrealism wasn’t a conscious decision Tommy made, but a satisfying coincidence he grew into embracing. “I did not actively choose surrealism,” says Tommy. “I just started doing work that felt meaningful to me.”
Tommy explains he’s had more influences from classic photography than digital arts. He admits he develops new favorites every day due to his regular consumption of diverse photography, though he highlights the works of Cartier-Bresson, Leibovitz, Erwitt, among others.
After he made the transition from photography to photomontages, Tommy began to study the works of art icons like Warhol, Picasso, Magritte, Miró, and Escher. This decision took him through a learning process that helped him to discover how to add essence to his artistry. Outside photomontages, Tommy also draws inspiration from music, poetry, painting, and other related art fields.
“I’m still doing my montages,” says Tommy. “I’ve learned that success can really be problematic for creativity.” Tommy prefers to stick to his guns to avoid losing the essence propelling his artistry. He has succeeded in detaching his art from societal and conventional artistic expectations to sustain his creative consistency. In his words, he says “I work freely without any boundaries, focused on the process rather than the result.”
Although Tommy doesn’t concern himself with the intellectual discussions surrounding artistic movements, his works explore surrealism. Nevertheless, he prefers not to have his artistry boxed into a defined category.
Creating art has helped Tommy fight depression and anxiety spells, so he hopes his art can do the same to others.
To see Tommy’s latest artwork, visit Saatchi Art >
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