Photos by Paul Murphy
Describe the things and images that you have around you in your studio and how they influence or inform your work.
It depends upon what I am working on, what I am interested in and who my current passion is. At the moment I am collecting pictures of page three girls, Victorian Londeners, Amy Winehouse and the seaside. The pictures might be from newspapers, magazines, postcards, books the internet... anywhere really. As well as these I have my permanent collection of royal family books and memorabilia, my Elvis museum and a collection of 1960s dolls.
Describe your working methods and processes.
I work from my images (mostly found but some are photographs that I have taken). When it is important to get a good likeness I will photograph the image, project it on to the canvas, and quickly transfer it via pencil. I then work on the painting referring back to the source material.
Which single item in your studio is most important to your work?
Which artist/s most influence your work and which recent show has been inspirational?
I remember a show by Marlene Dumas in a Palazzo in Venice at the last Biennale that was beautiful. Recently the shows that stick in my mind are Pat O'Connor at Ashwin Street, Rachel Cattle at The Centre for Recent Drawing and Pierre Klossowski at The Whitechapel Gallery.