Today we welcome Matthew Lewis to Design Splat
To get the readers started Matthew tell us how you got into Art?
In a struggle for acceptance
In a time of discontent I struggled with a restless desire and craving for something I did not have. In my academic education I was never given the the push I needed. My gift was dismissed and I was told to give up. This set back was the making of me I was determined to use this as a stimulus to express myself this was the point that I found myself. I believe this is when I became Artist Matthew Lewis. No longer was I that boy Matthew Crick. I left school and began my journey I began to discover myself through art.
So In some ways you could say I got into art but you could also say Art got into me.
How long have you been creating art?
I have been creating art on a serious level for 5 years now.
What does art mean to you?
Art is the desire of expression , I use to record the reactions of my personality and the world I live in.
Where do the images come from that you create?
My imagination is the source of the idea my day is the source of the image
What is your inspiration for these images?
The Northampton D3 Bus.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
It’s a dream of mine to exhibit along side the artists who initially inspired me to create my art work I hope by this time my dreams will be on there way to becoming a reality.
What drives you/gives you the ‘go’ to keep at it and do everything?
Desire is the key to my motivation
What obstacles – if any, have you encountered along the way?
Can you recall the first piece of art that you created that made you go WOW!?
I did a sketch of the Wimbledon Wombles at the age of five that was the WOW factor piece for me
What is the most memorable piece that you have done and why?
When I arrived at college I had never sculpted before I will always remember my first ceramic sculpture.
Does fame attract you?
If I was to say no deep down I know I’d be telling a white lie fame is very attractive but I want my work to be in the lime light not me.
How do you rate yourself as an artist?
I rate myself as an amateur at this moment in time but every artist was first an amateur I have high hopes for my future because if you don’t believe in yourself no one will believe in you.
What in your opinion makes a good artist?
I think that a good artist either causes a viewer to think or to feel. If it doesn’t stir something up they may say ‘That’s nice’ and move on, and wouldn’t walk 10 steps to look at it again. In my opinion great art can be any style or technique or level of skill, but to qualify as great it has to create a substantial amount of activity in the viewer’s mind or heart. Good art can be a matter of good concept or excellent skills in execution, but I think great art touches the mind, heart or soul of the viewer
Three words to describe yourself?
Curious, Captivating and Quirky .
Hobbies and other interests?
I’m obsessed with Susan Boyle. I love acoustic music and I adore a Good cuppa tea.
Favourite piece you have created?
Rose my current piece “The granny sculpture”
Tools of the trade?
Buff stoneware clay, found objects and my hands
Any Tips and tricks you want to share with aspiring artists?
Never hold back.