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.
July 31, 2022
Best Restaurants Kings Cross
When looking to eat out in London look no further than Kings Cross! The Coal Drops Yard area has fast become a foodie destination, densely populated with outstanding, award-winning restaurants catering to a broad range of flavours. Mouth-watering food markets such as the Thailand Showcase pop-up on a weekly basis and the dining experience is world class.
July 29, 2022
What's on at Kings Cross?
From foodie markets to illustrator fairs, to contemporary fashion, Kings Cross is fast becoming renowned for its markets. Some are one-off pop-ups but many return monthly or seasonally, carefully selected for their outstanding quality and uniqueness.
July 23, 2022
Casting Call - Do You Have Extraordinary Style?
Do you live, work or shop in Kings Cross and have a great 'look'? We know many of our customers do, so wanted to share this opportunity with you.
A Coal Drops Yard and Kings Cross campaign will launch this autumn across the Kings Cross website, social media channels and in the yard itself, featuring stylish locals dressed in clothing from the brands on site, staying true to their unique sense of style. The selected individuals will be featured in interviews about their favourite brands and personal style. Does this sound like something for you?