Artist of the Month: November 2018
1. How long have you been at Phoenix?
I’ve been at Phoenix now for over 2 years. I am so happy here and I am in a really exciting and busy corridor.
2. What are you working on at the moment?
I’m currently in my second year of a part time MA in Painting at Wimbledon , my research and paintings are concerned with Botanical Colonialism and how this not only shaped the British landscape, but how it shaped the landscape of other colonised countries. To support this, I have been spending time exploring the local landscape at Stanmer and going through the archives at Kew.
The rest of my week is spent writing a book on acrylic painting. I have been approached by Octopus Publishing and have now signed a deal. The book will be published in September 2019.
I also teach at Cass Art and run workshops and courses at Phoenix, so my diary is pretty full.
3. Which media do you like to use?
I use acrylic paint and oil paint. I tend to use acrylic paint for smaller paintings up to A2 and the oil for my larger pieces. I spend a lot of time in every landscape that I paint through walking and immersing myself in that space. I then take that experience, photographs and drawings back to my studio where I will explore the landscape further through colour and the physicality of paint.
4. Which other artists do you admire?
I admire so many artists. Someone who is always on my list is Richard Diebenkorn, his use of colour and shape are intriguing and moving. Milton Avery is another artist whose books are never far from my desk. Nicky Bird is fascinating, I only recently discovered her work and of course the wonderful Hurvin Anderson. I have to mention the vibrant work of Tal R as well.
5. What would you recommend to go see?
I have visited quite a few exhibitions recently, but the ones that stood out for me were Amy Sillman at the Camden Arts Centre and Bob and Roberta Smith at the RA.
6. What work are you most proud of?
I recently won the Shell Poster Commission to produce a painting to become a poster for Shell. It’s the first commission I have ever won, so I was obviously super happy .