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Thursday, 10 April 2008

Interview with Kate Marshall

q) Well, first of all please tell us a little about yourself.

a)I studied at Goldsmiths in London but now paint in Devon in South West England. I spend s lot of time walking and thinking about what I am going to paint next. I spend a lot of time in London visiting galleries and partying with friends.

q) Had you always planned on being an artist [or had you other hopes]?

a)Ever since I was born, my mother used to carry me round the house to look at the paintings, when I got bigger my favourite toys were art materials. I feel very lucky to be an artist.

q) Do you have a preferred medium to work on? Why?

a)I like to use acylic and charcoal on board, the board gives me a very smooth surface to work, this allows very strong smooth charcoal lines, the acrylic is fast drying and allows me to work fast, I get impatient but I also like the to get caught up in teh process.

q) How would you describe your style?

a)Fast, loose and sexy.
q) Do you go through any certain processes while trying to produce your work?
a)I tend to just experiment, often working in series rather than sketching things out first, the sketches are the work!
q) What are you working on at present?
a)An handmade book of prints. I have completely fallen in love with printmaking.

q) What about recent sources of inspiration?

a)I am doing my own versions of famous contemporary artist's work for my handmade book, the whole piece is about the percieved divisions between conceptual art and craft and the history of printmaking as a source for distributing images of famous paintings.

q) What are some of your obsessions?

a)Shoes, art, colour, beautiful places and red wine.

q) Which galleries have you shown at and which galleries would you like to show at?

a)I have shown at The Empire Gallery on Vyner Street, Transition Gallery in the East London and Exeter Eyestorm. I would love to show work in some more unusual places, I have had some pieces in a Tatoo parlour but it would be good to show some in spaces that weren't just white boxes.

q) If people would like to contact you, how would you like to be contacted?

a)Through my email adress info@katemarshall.co.uk

q) Do you have any suggestions or advice for artists that are just starting out?

a)Work out what medium suits you, do not just stick with what you have always used before, maybe painting is not for you, try drawing or film or printing or whatever but do not be too stubborn. Find out what is happening in the contemporary scene, get out there and see as many shows as possible, do not just go to the big galleries but find out what more unusual shows are on. Make friends with artists and try and learn about techniques and about how the market works. Keep on going, do not give up.


q) Who are your favorite artists?

a)Elizabeth Peyton, Stella Vine, Marlene Dumas, Annie Kevans, Gauguin, Toulouse Lautrec, Peter Doig, John Currin, Frida Kahlo, Bonnard and so many more. Often it will be one piece that just hits me. I like the small portraits of the northern Renaissance on green backgrounds. I like strange Elizabethan portraits. I like drawings. Grayson Perry.

q) What books are on your nightstand?

a)Angela Carter's collected works.

q) To what weaknesses are you most indulgent?

a)Red wine.

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