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Posted April 5th by Design Splat in Artists, Visual Artist

One day whilst browsing the internet I came across the Islington Mill website, after having a browse around I found some very talented designers and artists. One of the artists I found was Chris! Chris specialises in ink and wash drawings on paper.



Welcome to Design Splat Chris!

Now to get the readers started tell us a bit about what you do:

I am a visual artist, I make several different bodies of work, but currently in concentrating on works in ink and watercolour on paper.  I also do a line in handmade greetings cards.  I am based at Islington Mill in Salford, a uniquely eclectic and inspiring mix of people working across the creative spectrum, however I’ll soon be moving to the West Country (Isles of Scilly).

How did you get into Art?

Through my father, who was a keen amateur painter.   I was brought up in Corsham in Wiltshire which was home to the Bath Academy of Art, so visiting degree shows there in my teens made me want to become an artist professionally.

How long have you been creating art?

On and off all my life.  However, I have only started to make art on a professionally again in the last couple of years.

What does art mean to you?

I think that to make art is to do an honest day’s work.

Where do the images come from that you create?

At the moment, landscape, maps, the natural world and in particular the marine environment.  I’m also influenced by the applied arts and architecture.

What is your inspiration for these images?

Some remote and beautiful islands.

What media is your favourite to work with?

Whatever medium the idea behind the work demands.  At the moment I love the translucency of watercolour.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Physically, in the West Country.  Artistically, I’d like to make larger work and collaborate with people working other disciplines, especially architecture, glass, surface design etc.

What drives you/gives you the ‘go’ to keep at it and do everything?

A desire to be doing something that has meaning for me – and hopefully for other people.

What obstacles – if any, have you encountered along the way?

Having to earn a living by other means.

Can you recall the first piece of art that you created that made you go WOW!?

As a child, my Dad used to bring home old blueprints and I would draw images of exploding cities in felt tip on the backs of these massive sheets of paper.  So it was probably these.

What is the most memorable piece that you have done and why?

See above!!

Does fame attract you?

It’s overrated.  The constant attentions of the paparazzi every time I visit the studio can become tiresome….

How do you rate yourself as an artist?

I think every artist has to have confidence in their own abilities otherwise they wouldn’t continue.  Conversely they are also driven forward by a certain amount of self-doubt and a capacity for self-criticism.  Therefore, how I rate myself can go from ‘creative genius’ to ‘ham-fisted numpty’ in the space of 15 minutes.  Otherwise, I’ll let others be the judge.

What makes a good artist?

The ability to focus, keeping ‘at it’, self-awareness.

Three words to describe yourself?

Magpie, hoarder, untidy.

Hobbies and other interests?

I’m a bit of a folky and have been teaching myself the accordion.

Favourite artist?

There’s no single favourite.  I admire the late Michael Finn an artist who was a former Principal of Bath Academy of Art and I’m always returning to Joseph Beuys.

Favourite piece you have created?

Like a lot of artists, this is probably the best of the most recent set of work I’ve made.

Where can we buy your art?

As I’m only recently ‘re-emerging’ as an artist, I don’t have a gallery.  I have been selling my work through art and craft markets and it can be bought be contacting me directly.

Tools of the trade?

Paper, paints and ink.

Any Tips and tricks you want to share with aspiring artists?

If in doubt, just make something – anything – without worrying too much about the end result.  It’s how I got myself started again.

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Some of Chris’ work – His work can be purchased on his website!

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