I was drawn to your work a few years ago, just before the time of your collaboration with Topman. With myself also heavily interested in how text plays a role in art. You continue to use text in works today, how do you choose/decide on the words that will feature in a painting?
The words tend to come at odd times. I like quite matter of fact words. Sensible words that react a certain way with the image.
There are elements of your work that feel British and with that comes a certain sense of realness. If at all, how has London inspired what you make?
London doesn’t really inspire my work. The language I use usually stems from the North which naturally ties in to the topic of Brexit, the underlying theme in most of my recent work.
Is social media always a positive thing for you and how has it shaped the way that you work?
It has changed things for sure. I think it’s safe to say that within the contemporary art side of Instagram, there is a movement happening. The same artists popping up in shows, being posted by Art pages, championed by collectors. All of this makes it very real. Careers are being formed. It has to be taken very seriously I think.
Congrats on your current show at Kristin Hjellegjerde in London along with Lauren Dicioccio & Pedro Matos, two other artists producing reallybeautiful work at the moment. Tell us a bit more about your works that were selected for this show.
My work for this show was based around Weekday Indoor Markets. Counterfeit goods, Barber shops, Fake perfume sellers etc.
What advice would you give newly graduated artists who are still struggling to find their own style?
Just do your thing.