"All kids are natural artists if they are allowed to be."
Artist Markus Linnenbrink on the European trip with his parents that sparked his love of art.
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Below, meet auction artist Markus Linnenbrink.
Markus in the mid-1960s
Sketchbook of Markus’s 15 year old daughter Estlin
Painting by Markus’s adult son Julius Linnenbrink, an artist in Berlin
What advice would you give to young artists who wish to pursue an art practice?
Try to be happy being an artist.
How does working with children inspire you?
I have always loved children’s natural and undisturbed approach to creating. All kids are natural artists if they are allowed to be.
When did you first know you were going to be an artist?
I had a very romantic idea of becoming an artist when I was 15.
Can you describe a formative experience visiting a museum or gallery?
I remember being overwhelmed when visiting Rome as a child in the 1960s. Our parents did the whole tour with us.
acrylic, pigments on gesso board