Our first group exhibition will take place at Bristol’s Centrespace Gallery from 4th April until 11th April 2013.
We will confirm opening times and special events in due course.
Over the next few months we will publish interviews and information about the artists and the exhibition.
First under the spot light is Lucy Browne.
Head getting out of sand by Lucy Browne
What is your earliest memory of painting?
I have been painting and drawing from a very young age. I don’t have a recollection of when I started it’s just something I have always done. I do remember feeling very free and content in my own little private world with a pencil or paintbrush in my hand.
When did you first decide to be an artist and why?
I never really had a moment of clarity, I certainly didn’t question why I was painting I just did it. When it came to choosing what I was going to do after school I knew that I wanted to carry on being creative but I never said I am going to be an artist when I grow up.
Painting has always been my tool for communication.
Which artist has inspired you the most and why?
So many artists inspire me. I have recently discovered the work of Enrico Baj, he is fantastic. I like his use of collage, humour and dark naivety.
I enjoy the vulgarity and humour of George Condo, I find his work very inspiring I feel a real connection with his use of garish characters and the intensity they can bring to the canvas.
I love the work of Chris Ofili, his use of colour and pattern is very exciting.
I love the work of Jake and Dino Chapman; their twisted ideas are very inspiring. There is something quite refreshing in their sinister stance on human kind. They also make me laugh.
Grayson Perry is an amazing artist who I find thought provoking and motivates me in my own work. I love the way he tells stories of the human conditioning, without being arrogant or condescending.
Your current paintings are acrylic on canvas. Do you always use the same medium?
I generally use acrylic; I like the malleability of it. I have been using different materials as forms of mark making within my work recently such as sewing and fabrics. I like the process of piercing the needle through the canvas, there is something quite final about the action and I like traditionality of it. I enjoy the way it transforms the textures and layers of the piece and create movement or heaviness that I couldn’t necessarily get from acrylic alone.
How would you describe your methodology?
I keep notes and sketch pads. Sometimes I see or hear things that I later jot down in a quick visual note form and then transfer the ideas on to canvas.
I am a creature of habit and can find myself adopting a certain style or method but it is always good to push your process and do something completely different; as it can change your creative outcome, which is the best way to learn and develop as an artist.
No by Lucy Browne
Where do you get your ideas for paintings/subject matter?
Gripes and annoyances
Things and stuff
Mundane everyday rituals
Your paintings invariably contain people or characters. How much is derived from personal experience?
Most of my work comes from personal experience, whether that is an internal dialogue or from an actual event.
I find other peoples stories and experience can be of great value too.
Your work contains a lot of humour. Is there a direct influence from a particular comedian or comedy show? How do you want people to perceive your art?
Humour is of great importance to me. I think it is a very valuable way of dealing with things and the way in which it can stop things from becoming too precious or “poor me”.
I also like the way humour can have a dark edge; where sarcasm or an element of underlying tongue and cheek can say so much without having to be over the top or too dramatic.
There is so much to laugh at anyway.
What are your major influences outside of art?
The people I love, music and walking.
How would you define good or bad art?
How do you think your work will evolve this year? Do you have any big plans for 2013?
I haven’t got a clue how my work will evolve and I prefer it that way. If I tried to plan what direction it will take it would become contrived and it would annoy me.
My Boo Hoo is bigger than your Boo Hoo by Lucy Browne