Art Talk - Ten Questions
A glimpse behind the scenes into the studios and creative workings from artists around the world. A fascinating insight and privileged look into what makes them tick and why they do what they do…
Artist L.E. Gav Thorpe
1. How long have you been an artist?
I have always loved to draw and paint and have done ever since I was a child. I turned professional in 2011 when I decided to create fun and colourful artworks with my current theme of painting the legs, feet and shoes.
2. What is your preferred medium and roughly what is the process for creating your work?
I prefer painting in oils and usually sketch out my designs before hand on a piece of paper before putting the idea onto a canvas.
3. Describe your life as an artist in 3 words?
Fun, Interesting and Tough.
4. Where do you draw your inspiration from and why?
Ideas generally come from the things that I have seen around me, such as on TV, in the media or even the people on the street. I then like take this and add a touch of humour and colour.
5. Who or what has had the greatest influence on your art and career so far?
I greatly admire the artists Salvador Dali and Jack Vettriano.
6. One piece of advice for a new artist?
Always have belief in what you do and who you are, but do be prepared for knock-backs and hearing the answer ‘No!’.
7. What is the one item in the studio you couldn’t live without?
My briefcase that contains all of my sketches and ideas.
8. What music do you listen to when working in the studio?
Yes, but usually I listen to the local radio.
9. What are the best and worst things about being an artist?
The best thing is being free and able to create what ever you feel. The worst is the loneliness that you experience of spending hours and hours with only a canvas and paintbrush.
10. Do you have a favourite app or technology that assists your working day?
I don’t really use apps or software to assist my artworks, but for the promotion of it the internet and social media is an absolute godsend.
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