Artist of the Month July 2018
Each month we choose one of the fantastic artists represented on our website to be our Artist of the Month.
This month it is Jess Levine. Jess enjoys using her creative energy and imagination to produce art work, which she hopes brings other people pleasure too. She enjoys the sensory elements of making art from blending colours to building up layers. We ask her more questions about her art practice..
When and how did your interest in art develop?
I've always made art since I was a child but the wish to make art is more intense as time goes on.
What influences your art?
Many things light, colour, texture and landscape.
What process do you go through when you are creating a piece
(starting with the initial idea)?
I try to set myself small artistic challenges so it may be using a new colour palette,or experimenting with a new medium. I try to create something that can be seen in different ways depending on someone's perspective.
Which artists, if any, have you drawn inspiration from?
Too many to mention. I love the emotional qualities of Soutines work, the sensitivity of Joan Eardley, the simplicity of Matisse, and the collage of Schwitters. I also like the contemporary artists David Tress and Kurt Jackson.
Do you have a favourite piece (of your own work)? If so, which one and why?
I like a piece I made recently which is a grid of 15 rectangles, each filled with a bluey grey portrait abstract image, using collage and mixed media;
What do you hope the viewer gets from your work?
I would hope that there is an emotional connection, that the viewer sees new things as they look deeper in to the image and that the work is stimulating and engaging.
Your use of collage is very intriguing. Tell us a bit about where this came from.
I love paper! The richness, subtlety and variety of papers available is a constant source of delight to me. Theres something peaceful and therapeutic about creating pictures from something so simple.
What has been the highlight of your artistic career?
Its always nice to sell work and see it on someone's walls. I think having solo shows, where the work is appreciated and respected is a good feeling.
How (and when) did you first hear about Outside In?
Suggested to me by a support worker, as a way of promoting my work to a wider audience.
Has being a part of Outside In been beneficial for you? If so, how?
Its always valuable to have outlets for selling and promoting work so in that sense yes.
As a recent sign-up to Outside In, what do you hope to get from being a member?
I would like to secure solo shows, in high profile venues, and have the commitment I make to my artwork appreciated.
What is next for you as an artist?
More solo shows I hope and more opportunities to produce my work, with the help of charities such as Outside in.