July 05, 2021
How would you describe your art in a sentence?
My art is gestural with broad brush strokes from a rich, deep palette.
Like Tracey, you get your inspiration from your surroundings. How does this translate into your paintings?
I can be inspired by the way light falls on the ground or by how I feel when immersed in the sounds and scents of a place. I don’t paint en plein air but I translate what I’ve seen and felt in the studio. I don’t often know what is going to happen when I start a painting; I prefer to allow things to unfold organically in a process of layers.
You have quite a distinctive colour palette and seem to work in sequence as if one painting naturally leads on to the next. Tell us more about that...
That’s so true. Once I have a palette I’m happy with I will often do a series utilising it. Then, to my surprise, paintings will almost fit together like puzzle pieces; this happens subconsciously and always surprises me. There can literally be marks leading from one painting to another.
What was the biggest challenge of hand-painting the MAGRITTE? What did you want to evoke?
I was a little nervous because when I opened the box, the boots took my breath away; they are so beautifully made and I was worried about putting paint onto something so perfect. I had had a couple of practice sessions with shoes from a charity shop but their surface was much smoother. I was concerned the paint would be soaked straight into the leather but I was delighted to find the surface utterly delicious to paint on. I wanted to try to recreate one of my paintings, well the marks and palette anyway, on to a shoe and I’m so pleased and excited about the result.
What's your first memory of a shoe?
The first thing I thought when I read this question wasn’t about a specific shoe but the sensation of the joy of throwing off my school shoes and socks to spend the summer in flip flops and sandals. However, at the end of a long hot summer, I absolutely loved putting on my new, hard school shoes with their heavenly leather aroma; there was something about the formality of them that felt so good after a feral summer!
The boots are available until the end of July HERE.
Saatchi Art blog HERE.
May 27, 2023
A Visit to Charleston
Charleston was home to Bloomsbury Group artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, renowned for their paintings and design work, and original thinking in all aspects of everyday life.
The house is famed for its decor - hand painted from top to bottom by the artists, who beautifully designed each others bedrooms. It is such a unique place, and you can tell it was done for their own enjoyment and use - rather than being about impressing others.
May 19, 2023
New Additions to Marylebone Lane
Having spent 20 years on Marylebone Lane, we've built up a kind of neighbourhood family, so it's with great pleasure that we welcome new additions to the area.
May 16, 2023
Clerkenwell Design Week 23-25 May
Interesting fact: Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else in the world! So it is no surprise that Clerkenwell design week is London's leading design event.
From emerging brands to the long-established - the best of the best will be on show, for all your interior design needs and curiosities.
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