It has been a few years now that I found out about Danish artist Cay Broendum. I visited a good friend in Switzerland who actually had a huge painting with bright colors on his wall, I asked him who painted it and he told me about Cay. It was a time, where Cay just started to paint watches as well. He had started to paint mostly Rolex watches on old vintage paper from old letters. So I noticed one of his paintings of a Rolex Daytona with Paul Newman dial around 2 years ago and pulled the trigger, I still have the painting hanging on my wall.
Last year, another painting joined the show with a Patek Philippe Worldtimer, but a rather unusual model.
Around last Christmas, Cay sent me a Christmas gift, two prints with two of his paintings. Right now, both are still with me. I plan to give away one to a watchcollector or watchenthusiast this year. I may post about it here when I give it away. Or maybe do something for a good purpose. We will see what I do with it.
This is the first one.
This is the second one.
In the meantime, watch art seems to attract a following, not only on Instagram, but in general. Cay has developed his art further and is not only selling original paintings any more, but also plenty of prints etc.. It is truly impressive to watch him grow.
Revolution recently wrote about a few watch artists including Cay Broendum, take a look.
So some days ago, I thought, here is an artist who is about to become famous, or maybe is already famous, and I have been witnessing his process for years. Time for an interview? Right? And that is what I decided to do. So please join us for his interview below. It is a wonderful story.
1. Cay, what made you become an artist/painter? When did you start?
– We all start as kids with Crayon in our hands, and so did I.
What made me especially happy for my Crayons was probably that no one stopped me while I was drawing.
My crayon was never taken away from me, for a better purpose. I was so lucky that I actually got even more colours when I ran out.
But then we come to the critical “point of no return”. That´s when you get to school age.
Kids that age suddenly think that Crayons and drawing are children stuff… and they stop the creative process to look more “cool” and mature.
In my case I had already then practiced so much so class mates, and later the girls wanted my drawings. So absolutely no reason to stop…
I actually enhanced my drawing and painting activities, and still do.
2. Can you tell us why you started painting watches, and what is the connection to the old letters on which you paint?
– I painted the first watches as a natural impulse to the fact that I after a long period, say 10 years or so, suddenly got an old (Omega) speedmaster.
I was so fascinated with the Speedmaster and its story, that I grabbed my pencils and started drawing. By coincidence I chose an old letter to paint on, cause it´s yellow color it fitted the aged tritium of the watch.
That painting was posted on a social webforum, and Boom! Like minded watch folks started to ask for availability and if I painted other watches etc.
So you guys out there – you made this happen!! I´m just the one who paints, and try to tell the stories over again. The many facinating watch stories that the artworks show comes from you guys out there.
For how much longer will have the old letters?
– I don´t have more letters. And that leads me direct to your next question.
3. When and why did you start to create prints of your original paintings?
– When I realised that this “watchpainting phase” would last longer than the stack of old vintage letters I started to paint on.
I had to do something, to match the demand and my interest to paint more. I also needed some larger artworks for those with BIG white empty walls. So it was natural to start on other materials.
4. Can you please show us which is your favourite painting?
The favourite painting will for me as a creative person, always be the painting/ drawing I working on at the moment.
And this moment i´m working on a large scale painting 200×150 cm Acrylic and oil on canvas. And for the watch enthusiasts they will notice a reference to watches in the artwork when they see it.
Others may not. I like small details like that. The ones who know – knows.
5. And last but not least, do you have a favourite watch? Are you a watch-collector as well?
Not a watch collector by definition. I love many kind of watches. But connect only to the watches i can wear in my daily life.
But YES i have a favourite watch. The one I got from my father as a kid (very common as a favourite watch) That´s a Tissot Seastar PR 516 GL. from 1969. 36 mm in Steel with a blue/plum faded dial, and folded bracelet. Amazing robust watch. I really used it as a tool as a teenager and had no idea that It still would be around today.
I appreciate it at lot and wear it regular. Though more carefully today.
If I should chose a another favourite watch. For now it would be a Patek Philippe Gondolo 5109g.
It´s a square much more dressy watch. It´s time only and manual wind with Breguet numerals.
I like the rectangular shape a lot. Same proportions as a blank piece of paper ready for “crayons”, or a large upright canvas ready for paint.
But there´s so many amazing beautiful watches out there that inspires me.
So there will be MUCH much more art to come in the future.
So i´ll also say a special and huge thanks to all of you who post watch snapshots and wrist shots, and in general keep the communities updated on watches, online in magazines etc.
That´s still where I get my Inspiration from. So what you do you there, is properly more appreciated than you know.
So let´s keep going…
To follow Cay on Instagram or visit his homepages, please check below:
Instagram: @historic_horological_art & @cay_broendum_com