Amongst the artists who debuted work with the gallery during our summer group exhibition MIX was London-based painter Euan Roberts.
Candid Magazine’s Harry Seymour has recently interviewed Roberts with an extensive write up for their popular online publication. The artist sheds light on his expansive practice and explains the motives behind paintings that are brimming with dynamism, energy and a panoply of symbols.
Related: Read The Full Interview With Euan Roberts x Candid Magazine
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Roberts’ work mixes a strong sense of art history and tradition with the artist’s personal experiences of metropolitan life. He creates densely layered canvases that focus on embracing the beauty that can be found in the crude and unrefined nature of people.
You can take a look at some of the key excerpts below from the Candid interview or head to their website to read the entire piece.
I’m inspired by the world around me. The people and history of Soho influenced a lot of the early paintings. For nearly two years I lived in a guardian property on Greek Street so lots of the inhabitants and visitors in that square mile worked their way into the pictures. I try to distil everything I see onto the canvas. I think it’s important to work for inspiration as an artist so I try and soak up as much varied information as possible.
On creating and studio life
I tend to work in short bursts of intense activity. I rarely returned to a picture outside of its original session. I think you lose some of the magic. I remember reading somewhere that making good art is like sculpting melted wax, as time goes on and it cools it becomes brittle and less malleable. So I tend to strike quickly and move on. I put some music on and just move my hands until I laugh or cry, or sometime both, then rinse and repeat.
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On the future
I’ve got designs on so much stuff but I think it’s important not to get carried away. There are a couple of prints in the process of getting done, which I’m really excited about. I’ve been working a lot with collages that will inform new paintings. I want to try my hand at ceramics too and I’ve co-written a children’s book so I’ll be illustrating that.
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