7 Light and Shadow: A Deep Dive with Dorian Iten

In this episode, we explore the artistic journey of Dorian Iten, a multi-talented artist and educator who finds joy in collaboration and creation. Dorian's dedication to understanding the physics of light transforms the way art comes to life, both in his teachings and in his own work.

Born in Austria, raised in Switzerland, and educated in classical painting in Italy and entertainment design in the U.S., Dorian's diverse background enriches his approach to art. He draws, paints, sculpts, and teaches, finding his greatest joy in creating alongside others.

On his website, you'll find a wealth of resources, including courses, articles, and an archive of live streams—all crafted to enhance your artistic skills and appreciation. Dorian’s commitment to making his insights accessible is evident in everything he does, aiming to enrich the creative community.

In this episode:

The Physics of Light: Dorian shares his fascination with how light can animate art, leading to the development of his renowned online program, "The Shading Course."
The Shading Course: We dive into how this course helps artists grasp the nuances of shadow and light, elevating their work to new levels.
A Life in Motion: From relocating to the Swiss Alps during Covid to his artistic adventures in Japan, Florence, Austin, San Francisco, the Russian Academy, and Barcelona, Dorian discusses how these diverse environments have influenced his work and teaching style.
Artistic Challenges: Dorian opens up about his struggles with perfectionism, procrastination, and the personal themes in his artwork, like in his striking "The Pearl of Pain" painting.
Inspiration from Poetry: Discover how Dorian uses poetry as a muse for his creative expression, inspired by words to create sublime visual art.
Expanding Horizons: We talk about Dorian’s collaboration with Proko to offer "The Shading Course" to a wider audience.
Courage in Creation: Dorian advocates for taking meaningful, courageous actions in art, even in the face of fear.
The Emotional Journey: From dealing with social anxiety and loneliness to embarking on profound personal healing—including experiences with ayahuasca—Dorian shares his path toward self-acceptance and love.
Kinetic Healing: Learn about the role of contact improvisation dancing in Dorian’s life as a form of physical and emotional therapy.
Staying Informed: We touch briefly on the importance of understanding AI and its implications for artists.

Join us as Dorian delves into the mechanics of artistic creation and the emotional voyages that shape not only his art but his life philosophy. Whether you're an artist or simply an art enthusiast, this conversation is sure to inspire.

Discover more about Dorian, his art and courses by visiting his website at https://www.dorian-iten.com/

The mental health talk we reference can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VI8Brr_W-2s

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7: Light and Shadow: A Deep Dive with Dorian Iten