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Winter Edition 2018

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Awesome creative alumni interviews with David Linley, David Yarrow, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and your ultimate Christmas gift guide make this our best edition yet!

INTERVIEW A full-length

INTERVIEW A full-length portrait of the Lord Mayor of London in 2011 subjects themselves, even though they are now in their mid teens. Although the pictures started as a sort of ‘homage’ to William Nicholson I think they are quite original too. What historical artists are you influenced by? Too many to name them all, but Claude Monet and the French Impressionists, Turner, Sargent, Freud, Bomberg, Stanley Spencer, William Nicholson. What words of encouragement would you give to young aspiring artists? Having a successful career as an artist is not the same as being good at art. An artist friend of mine once told me about the three M’s in business: manufacturing, marketing and management. The first one is easy - and is usually the reason people think about becoming artists in the first place. The second is harder but not impossible to develop, and the third one is really tricky: how much time to spend on which pictures, for example. Whether to join art societies, whether to show in a gallery or on your own, how to price your work, etc. There are no completely right answers, you need utter dedication and not to be deterred by failures, and you need to listen to other people. Finally, it’s not at all easy being an artist. Self-doubt is inherent in all creative endeavour, and you will need to find a way to live with it! How much technical/classical training is needed? As much as you can get exposure to. Constable famously (and snootily) said that a self-taught artist is taught by a very ignorant person indeed. It can be argued that we are all self-taught in that artists all have to develop their own language over time, by exposure to a unique set of influences, values, voices and experiences both in and out of the art room. But formal training accelerates the learning process, and I certainly benefitted from my stints at Heatherleys in West London. “Having a successful career as an artist is not the same as being good at art.” LUKE MARTINEAU What is your motto for life? I think I would choose a quote from Alice Martineau’s Daydreams: ‘Nothing lasts forever’. Any dreams still to be realised? I’d like to find a way of painting that perfectly expresses the beauty and wonder of the world, but in my personal way - I think that is a worthwhile goal, and an elusive one. It is hard to be the splash itself rather than just a ripple, and in the meantime I don’t think I have really achieved my dreams yet. When and where is your next exhibition and what is the theme? My next exhibition- ‘Luke’s Big Open Studio’- is being held at Unit 1A, West Point Building, 39-40 Warple Way, London W3 0RG over the weekend of Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December, 10am- 4pm daily, with work from £500 available to buy direct from the studio and online at W I NTER 18 ★ 15