5 minutes with Ani Ipradjian
Ani Ipradjian is an emerging artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Inspired by the enthralling landscapes of nature and city themes, her work can only be described as unique. Best known for her asymmetrical style, Ani creates luscious textures, shapes and colour combinations that encapsulate Australia’s native flora, suburbs and outback landscapes.
We were lucky enough to sit down with Ani before her work debuts on Channel 9’s, the Block. Ani is such a light, we are sure you will love her just as much as we do. Shop her beautiful collection here.
Your art is featured on the Block for the first time this year. Congratulations! How do you feel?
When I found out that my piece, Urban Melbourne, was featured on the Block 2019 there were so many emotions running through my mind. Being an avid viewing of the block over the year, it was always a dream of mine to have a piece of my work feature on the show. When I first received the email from Artist Lane, I had to read it twice as it really is a dream come true!
Can you tell us a little bit about Urban Melbourne that is featured in Andy & Deb’s room?
Urban Melbourne reflects my past. Urban Melbourne represents the memories I have of colourful interiors in homes and city buildings of my childhood. I loved creating this piece – the asymmetrical and raw geometric design is something I have been obsessed with since art school. You could say it’s my thing now and definitely features in most of my work. The pastel palette, coupled with the luscious textures and shapes and shapes of Urban Melbourne, really makes it so special.
You were also featured in Hannah & Clint’s new collection with us. What can you tell us about that collection and your piece?
What a great opportunity it was to collaborate with Hannah & Clint. Their new collection is filled with so many talented artists and I was so proud to be a part of it. Banksia Dreams and Banksia Spirit really complement the feel of the collection, honouring the gorgeous blush and dusty pink colour combinations. My Banksia series is inspired by one of my favourite Australia Native Wild-flowers, Banksia. I love their unique elongated spike and tightly-packed pairs of flowers and I wanted to enhance this unique characteristic in my work.
Other than your gorgeous Banksia series, do you have any other favourite pieces of art?
I feel like I fall in love with every piece that I create, but my Bluestone – Basalt collection has a special place in my heart. It reminds me so much of my childhood in Melbourne, roaming around the city streets enthralled by the dark, dense rock that makes up our historical buildings. This collection, and the colours, are symbolic of Australia to me.
We love your Basalt collection too! How do you get inspiration for new pieces?
I’m so inspired by Australia. The suburbs, the nature, the buildings, the colours – there is inspiration wherever you look. Being around nature and visiting new places helps inspire new creative ideas and colour palettes for future pieces. In my pieces I incorporate geometric shapes, which were born out of my love for architecture and Melbourne buildings.
What process goes into creating a new piece?
Every piece I create is planned. Colour palettes and sketches are based on research, inspiration from Australian landscapes and customising the perfect four colour scheme. This can take a lot of time.
Interesting! And throughout this process, is there one thing in your studio you couldnt live without?
Music! Definitely listening to music is a big part of creating art. Other than the obvious things you would find in an art studio (canvas’, brushes, paint and more brushes), I find using an oil diffuser keeps me motivated and creative while painting.
You mentioned that you love music! What’s your go-to tunes?
Music has played a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. My go-to tunes are definitely 90’s RNB – something about it opens my mind to creativity and allows me to block out the world and just paint.
You are so talented! Is art something you have been interested in from a young age?
One of my first memories was drawing with chalk on the sidewalk. From there, I would draw on absolutely anything I could get my hands on. Wood, cardboard boxes, paper, lunch bags – you name it, I drew on it. Art has always been a big part of my life.
So you are living out your childhood dream! That’s so cool! Is this your full-time job?
It was always a dream of mine to be a fulltime artist from a young age. I started exhibiting my works when I was only 16 years old. But it hasn’t always been my fulltime job. In 2007 I welcomed my son and decided that I wanted to become my own boss.
To wrap things up, what can our readers look forward to seeing from you?
Definitely a new body of work. I already have 5 new pieces in mind. My new collection incorporates nature-based colour schemes.