Saturday, July 28, 2012

Private View Pictures!

Hello everyone! 

The frames have been taken off the walls, the cups collected and the keys handed back! The exhibition may have finished, but that’s not the last of the Picture Show! If you couldn’t make the private view of the exhibition, we sure have a treat for you. Our amazing photographer Mags (of Mags Potter Photography) captured it all in glorious technicolour! 

We are all so thrilled that she agreed to help us out by capturing the fun and buzz of the private view. As you can see, she certainly delivered! To see more of her work visit www.magspotterphotography.co.uk.

The delicious wine was flowing (huge thanks to Barefoot!) and the gallery stayed busy all evening, which was a fabulous result. We are so pleased to have received so much support! 

All photographs belong to Mags Potter of Mags Potter Photography (www.magspotterphotography.co.uk). Please do not reproduce without permission :) 

Saturday, July 21, 2012

The Picture Show Private View was a huge success! Thanks to everyone who turned up on the night to show their support. More photos of the Private View to follow so watch out for this space.

All photos by Vinesh Shah. 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Show and Tell! - Amber Dickinson

Our penultimate Q&A comes from Amber! :)

What do you want your work to convey?

I would like it to convey who I am as a creative. Capturing a style that I have poured my whole being into creating. I like to think of my work as having a dark innocence.

Which style do you like that you don’t do yourself?

I very much admire how Shaun Barber works with oil and acrylic paint. The contrast of the paint being controlled and loose with the entwining of body parts and colours leaves me in awe. I could get lost looking into his work.

Where do you go for Inspiration?

For inspiration the older the source the better but as a location to daydream there is a unique tearoom called Lord Hurts. You step through the door and it feels as if you could be anywhere in the world.

Which Cartoon Character do you most identify with?

Not only for the fact that I have long Blonde hair but I’d have to say the Disney character Rapunzel from Tangled. The whole concept of the struggle to move away and accomplish your dreams I can relate too and there is an uncanny visual resemblance between my mother and mother Gothel.

Where would you like to visit?

I would love to visit NYC and never come back.

What do you do to break a creative block?

Luckily I have a backlog of ideas that I have yet to complete and I love to get lost in my head developing ideas so its rare but I find a workout clears my head and refocuses me. Failing that a brainstorming session over a glass of wine with fellow creative Katie Newsam always does the trick.

Name one outrageous ambition you would like to achieve before you pop your clogs?

My bucket list is endless but it would be a dream to design a textile for a major fashion house such as Alexander McQueen or Hermes.

What would you be doing if you weren’t an Illustrator?

A creative is all I have ever strived to be…Outsider art influences me a lot so I would probably be a tattoo artist if not a personal trainer or a baker!! Bizarre mix I know.

Which era would you like to have been an artist in and why?

The early 20th Century in Barcelona. Dadaism, surrealism and modernism I feel were a time when artists really pushed boundaries. They lived and breathed art as I grew around them with architects such as Gaudi, that to me would have been the perfect environment to create.

Who do you admire?

Passionate people! I relate to any one with a drive to succeed but as a personality I must say Joanna Lumley. I find her passionate, eccentric, doesn’t take her self too seriously and still exploring. I hope when I mature I will be as adventurous as she.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Show and Tell! - Che Kumar

Today’s illustrator letting us know what he thinks is Che! :)

What do you want your work to convey?

I think one of the main things I try to convey is a twist of reality and imaginative places I envision in my head. I want to share my imagination and my take on the world. Visiting new places and experiencing new cultures feeds my imagination and creates ideas for me.

Where do you go for inspiration? (you can be as broad with your answer as you like!)

One of my main inspirations is travelling and experiencing new cultures. On my travels, I normally find myself picking up on an element of the place and exploring it through my illustration. As well as everyday life, inspiration also comes to me through music, which fuels my ideas as well creating new ones too.

Which cartoon character do you most identify with?

I would most identify myself as Lion-O from Thundercats. Mainly because I had a sword of omens when I was younger which gave me ‘sight beyond sight’.

Where would you like to visit?

I’ve been lucky enough to see a little chunk of the world, but its not enough! I would like visit South America one day, and have always got a soft spot for Asia, would like to go back to India and explore it fully. I’m drawn to places with mystical histories, I like to picture what the place was like when it was inhabited and thriving. For example Angkor Wat is a place I could always go back to.

What do you do to break through a creative block?

When persistence fails, I find speaking out loud about your idea to someone else can give you the answer to get through the creative block.  Walking away from your work and concentrating on something else also helps, allowing you to come back to the idea afresh.

Name one outrageous ambition you would like to achieve before you pop your clogs.

Before I die, I think I have to visit the moon, its something I’ve always been fascinated by, and I think it could be achievable in my lifetime.

What would you be doing if you weren’t an illustrator?
I can’t imagine not being creative, so I guess I would have worked in the creative industry in some capacity. Or I can see myself as a chef, as I love food!

Which era would you like to have been an artist in and why?

I would have loved to have been in New York when graffiti exploded, decorating subway trains and walls, as well as hanging with Keith Haring and others. I love the music of that era too.

Who do you admire? (could be anyone, not just an artist)

I think I admire people who are true and honest to themselves and others. Someone like the Dalai Lama is an inspiration because he practises peaceful methods of getting his message across, and this ideology is very important to me.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Show and Tell! - Kyle Maclennan

Another week at The Picture Show HQ, means more answers to the questions! Up next is Kyle :)

What do you want your work to convey?

I want the work I do for Headon Art to simply convey iconic figures in a vibrant and striking manner, usually on large canvases with bright, rich colours.  The work and ideas I come up with outside Headon Art are more dark and twisted or just plain wrong.

Which style do you like that you don’t ‘do’ yourself?

I like very detailed, photorealistic paintings and drawings that have taken a lot of time and patience to complete, on the other hand I like conceptual art aswell, just for the fact that people come up with complete nonsense and sell it for a lot of money.  I like that.



Where do you go for inspiration? (You can be as broad with your answer as you like!)

Films, books, internet, the bottom of a bottle, music venues or just wander about random places observing my surroundings, taking little things in here and there.

Which cartoon character do you most identify with?

Right now I’m probably a mixture of Tweek, that nervous wreck from South Park and Herman the Hermit from Yogi’s First Christmas (with Tony Stark’s drink problem).  Once I’m let out of my studio in the Highlands and integrated back into a social environment I’ll hopefully regain my Baloo the bear instincts.

Where would you like to visit?

Somewhere with a weak gravitational pull that offers me a feeling of weightlessness, the moon perhaps.

What do you do to break through a creative block?

I try to speak to other people in a relaxed alcohol fuelled environment about creative ideas and brainstorm random gibberish, occasionally there’s a few good things come out of it (or they seem good at the time).



Name one outrageous ambition you would like to achieve before you pop your clogs.

For a good few years I’ve liked the notion of owning a large Warhol Factory Style Studio in a booming city where a lot of people come to party but also a lot of work gets done and money gets made with a pub/nightclub downstairs and big statues and a swimming pool on the roof.

What would you be doing if you weren’t an illustrator?

Not too sure, maybe an antiques dealer or a salesman of homemade beverages at the side of the road.

Which era would you like to have been an artist in and why?

1960’s New York Warhol era looked pretty good. Pop art was in its infancy so my work would look more original.

Who do you admire? (could be anyone, not just an artist)

I admire people with passion and drive who are also genuine and down to earth, or maybe not I’m undecided.  I admire Lionel Dobbie from New York Stories…he has passion.



Friday, July 6, 2012

Show and Tell! - June Chanpoomidole

Hello! June rounds up another busy week for us Picture Show-ers with her answers to The Questions!

What do you want your work to convey?   

I want my work to convey a meaning, memories or emotion out of the viewer. I like creating imagery that tells a story. Also I wanted to show a playful touch to my images, encourage them to interact. I want people to feel scared, threatened, joyful and immerse themselves in my images.

Which style do you like that you don’t ‘do’ yourself?

I really love illustrators who can digitally illustrate characters and hand collage. I really envy that they can piece variety of objects and styles together into brand new succinct imagery. It’s a style I tried and fail at college and University - I might rather stick to painting. 

Which cartoon character do you most identify with?

Ponyo or Chihiro from Spirited Away. I been on the most weirdest journeys and I came out of it stronger.   

What do you do to break through a creative block?

Haha Wait til you see what my images for the Picture Show is about!
When I have a creative block, I like to go outside to my favourite haunts, take photos, hang out with my friends or have a chat to them. It’s nice to know you’re not alone.  I have got an ‘inspiration’ photo album I look through if I need inspiration or cheering up.
I also watch classic movies in another language with no subtitles; I get to immerse myself in the imagery and the sentiment.     

  

Name one outrageous ambition you would like to achieve before you pop your clogs.

I would love to be able play the piano and travel around Asia.
My main ambition is to create my own comic book, perhaps an animation of my illustrations.
   
What would you be doing if you weren’t an illustrator?
When I ticked the courses I considered for University, I chose Midwifery. Part of me, romantically, wanted to be the person that helped bring new generation to the world. I thought it would be such a rewarding job to have. But I really love drawing more and wanted to head in that path. So ultimately I decided Illustration. Never looked back. Anyway I faint at the sight of blood.   


   
Which era would you like to have been an artist in and why?
I would LOVE to been a man and part of the brotherhood of Pre Raphaelite. I love their works and I really believe the manifesto that they were trying to create ‘modern’ imagery and accept the changes in society. I would love to see it all happening; have myself a muse and drank absinthe.


   
Who do you admire? (could be anyone, not just an artist)
My mum, Songkran and Robert [June’s fiancée]. Both have got such generous hearts and never gave up what they believed in or to achieve their dreams. My mum runs and owns a Thai restaurant for over 10 years, from having nothing to a long running business. For a single Thai lady to been brought up in the poorest remote farms herding Bulls and cows with no formal Thai education, can’t speak a work of Queen’s English to come over to the UK and give people a taste of Thai cuisine and want more. That is an achievement. She loves making people smile.

Both of them really trust and believed in me.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Show and Tell! Vinesh Shah

Good morning! Today is Vinesh’s turn to spill the beans :)

What do you want your work to convey?   

A love for image making, with a bit of my tongue-in-cheek self thrown in for kicks. I strive to make my intent obvious, whether a piece is a commentary on something or another or just an idea I needed to get out of my head and onto paper.
 
Which style do you like that you don’t ‘do’ yourself?

I’m envious of those who have the patience in crafting really beautiful and intricate pieces, in any medium. One of my biggest tests is having patience when creating work, mostly because I like the energy shown by the spontaneity in my work. It’s something I’ve been working on during prep for this show… so hopefully some big pieces to come in the future.



Where do you go for inspiration? (You can be as broad with your answer as you like!)

Books, Internet, Watch Films, Listen to Music, Go Outside, Stay Inside, Galleries, Museums, Restaurants, Pubs, Getting lost in the City (not in any particular order) - Basically anywhere not already in my head.

Which cartoon character do you most identify with? 

HA - I’d love to say I’m more the Superman meets Spider-man… but in reality I reckon Clark Kent meets Peter Parker would sum me up to a T.  Yes, I’m a BIG comic book geek and proud of it gosh darn-it! :P

Where would you like to visit?

Deepest reaches of SPACE! :) - I mean why wouldn’t you, it’s the one place that’s left only to the imagination… unless you’re an astronaut.



What do you do to break through a creative block?

Turn to one or more of the things listed in the question about “inspiration” - I like to get far away from my desk, but always with sketchbook or camera in tow, to be able to document when things start to click.

Name one outrageous ambition you would like to achieve before you pop your clogs.

Design (or contribute to a design) and build a house. I love Grand Designs… It’s the best!

What would you be doing if you weren’t an illustrator?

Probably teach math :/  -  I really like math :)



Which era would you like to have been an artist in and why?
 
1950’s / early 60’s - It’s when comic book art evolved into this whole different element, it would’ve been exciting to be a part of that.

Who do you admire? (could be anyone, not just an artist)

This is too broad to keep short so I’m going to stick with - “If you show pride and conviction in what you do, I admire you”  :) x



Monday, July 2, 2012

Show and Tell! - Emma Cowley

We’re very much enjoying the chats with our Picture Show gang! Here’s some more from Emma :)

What do you want your work to convey?

Well I make no secret that I both a nature lover and a bird nerd, so usually my enthusiasm for those two subjects is what comes through – especially in my personal work!  In more general terms, I like my work to be colourful, bright and optimistic, with lots of attention to detail.


Which style do you like that you don’t ‘do’ yourself?

My work tends to be quite intricate and detailed so I really love it when people do big, bold pictures that are simple but work really well.  I especially love the kind of work that seems descended from that of Saul Bass – where very simple blocks of colour are used to create an image that captures the relevant idea/theme perfectly.




Where do you go for inspiration? (You can be as broad with your answer as you like!)

I’m usually most inspired when I’m outdoors, in a green place with fine weather.  It’s things I see during such meandering walks that I draw upon when making my work – sometimes specific details, subjects or landscapes – or other times just a general atmosphere or feeling that I want to convey.  For example, the work that I am making right now has distinctly different concepts, despite the similar theme.  One is intended to show a wood at dusk: so you have the warm, golden glow of the dying sunlight, among the peaty decay of wood, leaves and fungus.  The other is a view over open fields in the middle of the day: complete with a bright, clear blue sky and wild meadow flowers.  I sometimes take drawings and always photos for reference when I see something beautiful (which is not always merely the picturesque – for example, I seem obsessed with lichen at the moment) and have books at home to consult on different varieties of flowers, bird, moss, etc.  I like to make sure that the species shown in my pictures could feasibly occur alongside each other in reality.


Which cartoon character do you most identify with?

I don’t reckon I’ve ever come across a cartoon character that I think is much like me!  I have those that I like, though that’s usually because they have qualities that I admire but don’t have myself.  I remember there was a cartoon called The Wild Thornberrys where the daughter of the family gained the ability to speak to animals – I thought that power sounded pretty cool!



Where would you like to visit?


I’ve been so busy the last few years that I haven’t been on very many holidays at all, so right now my list of places to visit is about as long as my arm.  My most pressing desire is actually to see more of the UK – I don’t think I’ve ever been to Devon or Cornwall, so I would love to take a break for a week or two down that end of the country.  At the opposite end of the British Isles, I need to get back to Scotland!  I had a stay in Edinburgh last year and loved it so much that I am eager to go back to the city, as well as explore further a-field.  There are also lots of places in Europe that I want to visit, especially Prague and Italy.

What do you do to break through a creative block?

When I’m hitting a brick wall with a project, I know that it is pointless trying to sit and force an idea out of my brain – it just won’t happen.  Usually I find that going for a walk in a leafy place clears my head.  Or if it is a major creative blockage, it’s often an indication that I’ve been working too hard!  On those occasions I allow myself a day or two off to enjoy myself - an idea usually strolls into my brain while I’m relaxing.




Name one outrageous ambition you would like to achieve before you pop your clogs.

I’m not sure that outrageous is an adjective normally associated with me!  For a lot of people, daring to hope that you might scrape a living by drawing pictures usually seems imbecilic enough.  On top of that, I hope in the future to live comfortably with my family, keep lots of good friends, and to have a pleasant home with perhaps some chickens and a dog or two.

What would you be doing if you weren’t an illustrator?

I consider myself very fortunate because there are a lot of different things that interest me, so I think there were several different career paths that might have offered me fulfillment.  At various points in my life I have considered becoming: a vet, actor, TV presenter, zoo-keeper (or similar animal-related job), university professor/lecturer, architect, historian, archeologist, psychologist, therapist, linguist and many other thing besides.  Being a picture-maker has always been my strongest and most enduring ambition, though.



Which era would you like to have been an artist in and why?

Well the Victorian era was a real golden age for illustrated books, so that has a very definite appeal.  Or to have been a Neolithic cave-painter – on the down side, the pigments and tools to hand would have been severely limited; on the plus side, I would (I presume) be allowed to paint whatever I wanted and not worry about the transactional side of things.  Though there would then be that whole ‘struggle for survival’ thing to consider.  Maybe I’m best off in the 21st century.


Who do you admire? (could be anyone, not just an artist)

One person that has remained relevant to me throughout my life would have to be David Attenborough: he’s a fellow Leicesterite, is very knowledgeable in the subjects I am passionate about, can tell a good story and probably has the coolest job ever.  I also couldn’t let the subject pass without mentioning Beatrix Potter.  It was her that first made me dream of making pictures for a living after all, way back when I picked up my first copy of Peter Rabbit.






Friday, June 29, 2012

Show and Tell! - Kellie Black

Hello readers! How about a bit of Q&A loveliness from Kellie to start the weekend?

What do you want your work to convey?

I really just want to make work that is fun and engaging on some level. I don’t often create a piece without a purpose or subject of some kind, but I always try to have fun with it and hopefully that shows in the images.

Which style do you like that you don’t ‘do’ yourself?

To be honest, my work always looks completely different to how I envisage it in the beginning. I’d love to have the patience for collage or papercuts, though I get distracted easily these days and start something new! Occasionally I sit down and produce a piece of pencil work that is incredibly detailed, and those are the ones I personally treasure.

Where do you go for inspiration? (You can be as broad with your answer as you like!)
The best inspiration for me comes from real life. A lot of the characters I draw are
inspired by people I see in places such as the supermarket or on public transport!

Which cartoon character do you most identify with?
Mostly Daria, sometimes a little bit Gwynne.

Where would you like to visit?
I’d love to see more of Europe, and I’d love to see the Northern Lights. I don’t deal with very hot weather well (being more of an ‘umbrella in the summer’ kind of girl) so tropical weather and deserts would probably be at the bottom of my list.

What do you do to break through a creative block?
I try and force myself to sketch images related current news stories. The good thing about this is that there is always subject matter available! There are lots and lots of sketches that I do that get torn up and thrown away.

Name one outrageous ambition you would like to achieve before you pop your clogs.
I’d love to make and/ or design characters for a children’s TV show. That would be pretty fabulous.

What would you be doing if you weren’t an illustrator?
I’d love to have a stall selling things I had made, or run a Tea shop that played Jazz from a Gramophone, with a gallery space and garden area.  Maybe somewhere like Granville Island in Vancouver. I think that would be just lovely.

Which era would you like to have been an artist in and why?
I’m happy to be working right now. I enjoy the opportunity to enhance my work digitally, and even create it on the computer. I consider myself lucky to be able to look at inspirational work from many incredible decades of creativity while enjoying the technology and advances of the present day.

Who do you admire? (could be anyone, not just an artist)
My Grandmother. She’s brilliant.

Look out for more from the Picture Show gang next week :)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The Picture Show - Show and Tell! Jo Cheung

Hello again! This weeks interviewee is Jo!

What do you want your work to convey?
    Surreal and dream-like landscapes. Pretty much animals and birds with rosy cheeks, patterns floating around in the sky and using lots of colour and shapes. To sum up my work: trippy!



Which style do you like that you don’t ‘do’ yourself?
    A technique that I’d like to improve is painting: the last time I did a painting was back at school and it was proper rubbish! It took me a long time to find a way of working and painting was definitely something I didn’t particularly enjoy. So if I had free time I’d like to give it a go- again.

Where do you go for inspiration? (You can be as broad with your answer as you like!)
    Anywhere and everywhere. It’s pretty vague but I love going to parks and museums for inspiration such as The Natural History Museum and the V&A. London is a great place to immerse yourself as there’s always something interesting going on. 



Which cartoon character do you most identify with?
    Hello Kitty. No reason really, I LOVE Hello Kitty!!!!!
 
Where would you like to visit?
    I’d like to go back to New York again…. need to save up for it though!



What do you do to break through a creative block?
       Having a break from your artwork and doing something else helps; even going out for a few hours makes you more focused when you come back to it. Sometimes it’s really frustrating when you’re stuck on something and your mind goes blank! Rather than freaking out on your own talk to your friends about it; having an objective input can make you see things more differently. Or a trip to the pub always helps!

Name one outrageous ambition you would like to achieve before you pop your clogs.
      It’s nothing super crazy but I’d like to move to different country for a while (cannot stand the weather here). Oh, and own a few pugs and corgis of course.



What would you be doing if you weren’t an illustrator?
    It would have to be something creative- not too sure what- but I can’t see myself not being involved in the arts industry/ sector.
    In an ideal world I’d love to work for a retail company and design all their packaging and marketing material…….Or have a go at textile design. Basically everything!

Which era would you like to have been an artist in and why?
    60’s and the 70’s. It must’ve been an exciting time to be an emerging artist, fashion sense was also awesome!

Who do you admire? (could be anyone, not just an artist)
    My tutors from college were totally supportive in whatever I did. Sometimes they’d give me constructive criticisms which didn’t knock my confidence or anything like that, rather suggest other ways  of making images more interesting.  They’d always encourage me to push myself and go totally experimental with my work (hence the whole spray paint and collage process really kicked off). We weren’t restricted in anyway and I think that sort of mind set really settled in.

More Q&A to come soon!