DOM PATTINSON INTERVIEW
The internationally acclaimed urban artist. Based in Suffolk and New York, the artist has held recent solo exhibitions in London, New York and Portugal and has an upcoming show in Tel Aviv, Israel and his works are owned by Hollywood celebrity and Royalty alike.
Why do you paint?
I paint because it’s who I am, I trained all my life to be an artist, following it through to a masters degree. I’ve done the 9 to 5 jobs but it was only ever to fund the materials.
Where did you train and what place of learning had the biggest effect on your work or creativity?
I studied at Winchester school of art for my BA and then Glasgow for my MA…I’d say it was Winchester that had the most profound impact on me…when I was a sponge to every new concept and thought.
You spent time living in Russia, why? What affect did that have on you and why?
Russia was an opportunity that came along as Gorbachev opened the borders to the west…I was given the chance to visit and study there….an era that saw the breakup of the Soviet union, the Berlin Wall coming down and to
There is a lot of hidden subtext within your work could you tell us more.
I’m very conscious that paintings should have something personal for everyone…I remember sitting in the Rothko room at the Tate and just staring at the work trying to get an idea of what he was trying to depict….I want people to connect with my work on a very personal level and to allow them to create their own meaning to the work.
A lot of your work is starting to have political overtones, how do you feel about where Europe seems to be heading at the moment?.
I’ve always described my work as my daily diary…the things I hear, see, conversations I have, things I feel….so it’s very difficult these days to avoid it creeping in…I’m very aware of it but try not to impose my opinion on others…I’m still trying to create a dialogue between the work and an individual.
Tell us about your involvement with Zebra One Gallery?
Zebra one gallery have been so supportive of my ideas, my needs as well as offering suggestions and help to move to the next level. It’s a relationship built on trust which is very rare in the art world. Gabrielle is a wonderful director and really knows what she and her clients want.
You have just done your second treasure hunt in London, how did it all go?
This year’s treasure hunt was an all time high!…not only because of those that got involved but also the organisation of it. This was the first year I actually put clues out so that it focused purely on the locals of London, not the tourists.
What else has been happening in your world Dom, anything we should all know about?
So this year has been hectic…not only because of 3 solo shows but also because I was invited to paint a mural on the 69th floor of the world trade centre in NYC and also produced a mural at the first city project in long Island.
I’ve also been helping as many charities as possible in particular the IRC and have begun talks for this year’s “star boot sale” in collaboration with dave Rowntree.
What canvas do you use and do you stretch your own?
I make all my own stretchers and stretch raw unbleached canvas…prime them myself etc….that’s what old school art education was like.
What’s your top tip for someone wanting to start out as an artist?
Top tip for starting out as an artist…sadly you will need to realise that till you hit a certain price range you will just be interior design…know your target audience. You are a business!
Do you have a personal favourite when it comes to subject matter?
I don’t have a preference to the subject matter. It’s all dependent on the message I’m trying to visualise….every country seems to prefer different imagery, so it’s not something that I’m overly concerned with.
Do you have a Favourite Artist? Your top 5 artists, a favourite painting?
Top 5 artists or genres are simple. Warhol and pop art… because of their use of colour and the embracement of 20th-century manufacturing.
Pre-Raphaelites because of their portrayal of stories and emotions.
Fra Angelico- this guy was borderline abstract in the 13th century.
Gustav Klimt…his use of decoration and abstract forms coupled with figurative is superb.
Anthony Hopkins – as well as being an ex-tutor his ability to make the benign, the everyday stuff we take for granted, seem beautiful had a massive impact on how I saw the world.
A Favourite colour?
I don’t think there’s a specific colour palette in my work but a predominant colour would be neon pink…there are certain colours I don’t like to use unless it’s essential..specifically green…it’s not a colour I’m in tune with.
You seem to have changed your style, is this the case?
The work hasn’t really changed..if you look back there are snippets of the new portraits creeping in …sometimes they coagulate into something more definite. I’m not the kind of artist that sits on one style, I try to push myself in all directions, playing with techniques, photography, lino cuts, etc. I’m basically my own worse critic.
Your views on Contemporary art and its place in the world?
I believe that the contemporary art world has become much more accessible to everyone these days. There are a lot more young collectors and with art being such a stable commodity and investment it’s making it much easier for artists to make a living from their work, the popularity of social media platforms allows artists to go international at the flick of a button, it makes it easier for galleries to discover new blood from all areas of the world and to showcase artists work that would probably never be seen.
Your work divides people, what would you say to that?
I don’t believe my work divides people, I think that there will be just one piece that a viewer will connect to…in all areas of creativity you will have your lovers and haters, it just has to be accepted…what I do want is for people to never be able to predict what’s coming next in a collection.
Last book you read?
The last book I read was “The Alchemist” by Paulo cohello…it’s about following a path and that everything happens for a reason….it’s a life changing book.
DOM PATTINSON AND THE UBUNTU EDUCATION FUND
Dom has donated 4 pieces of art to be auctioned 2 for the London Gala and 2 for the New York Gala All proceeds benefit the work of Ubuntu Education Fund, a non-profit organisation that provides world-class health, household stability, and educational support to the orphaned and vulnerable children of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Ubuntu’s mission is simple, all-encompassing, yet radical: to help raise township children by providing them with what all children deserve—everything.
Ubuntu Education Fund Links
Go to http://www.zebraonegallery.com/artist/dom-pattinson/ for Dom Pattinson’s Work
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