Artist of the Week: Saffy Paget

“I started photography because my dad is a photographer for some massive brands and I wanted something I could bond with him over . He lent me a camera and I took a few snaps and realised this is something that I really want to do.”

Saffy Paget is 17 years old and a photographer and videographer from Cambridge. She is now a content creator for a brand created by Vodafone, VOXI, as well as a photographer for modelling agency ‘Milk’.

“I only started doing art a few years ago and it’s just exploded for me from there ; I just want people to see and appreciate my work”

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She also comments how her supportive friends, who buy her zines and give her feedback, is a huge help in moving forward.

“I’m currently applying to study fashion photography at UAL, and then I’m hoping to move on and be a photographer for magazines like Dazed or iD, that’s the dream really.”

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Saffy’s zine is available on the link below!

www.fuckquick.bigcartel.com

 

Artist of the Week: Luan Barber-Norton

“Hmmmm a paragraph about me? I am luan. I’m 19 goin on 9.  I am an illustrator.

luan 5Luan studied interactive media at bury college , where she tried different art styles such as photography, film, graphic design and, in the last year, finally started to experiment with illustration.luan 4

Gemma Correll was a huge inspiration for Luan in her college years because it is important to Luan to incorporate humour into her illustrations.

“I just want people to look at my illustrations and feel a bit better”

Luan now studies at DMU in Leicester and came out with a first after year one.  Uni has really helped Luan develop her style and skills.

“On the first day of uni I turned up with one fine liner and a pencil, having no clue what the fuck to do and only knowing how to draw funny cartoons.”

Towards the start of university Luan became more and more interested in Frances Cannon.

Luan also designed and drew the logo for Cult Clash!

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“Her and her art have given me a lot more confidence within myself and my art work. From the 2 years studying illustration I’ve discovered making people feel better about themselves is what I want to do. I want people to feel good when they look at my art. And that’s what I plan to do for the rest of my illustrator life.
Thanks for listening *drops mic*.”

Artist of the Week: Grace Patey

“In a nutshell my work is self obsessed and pretentious. I think it’s important to always think you’re the coolest person in the room and I’ve worked very hard at manifesting this because as all work is a form of self portraiture I can’t see why anyone would want to look at anything that wasn’t the hippest most happenin’ piece in the gallery.”
Sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll is a part of it, self discovery and personal growth is another but Grace’s main aim is to document his experiences as they happen in some kind of language that only resonates with himself, that no one else will ever fully understand.
“I’d be lying if I said I even knew the full extent of what my work means, not until months later at least.”
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“Manet’s painting of Olympia was a massive turning point for my work, the idea of this secret handshake that has passed from artist to artist for centuries which then in turn prompted the same running theme with The Kiss – and even more recently The Thinker, gave many, many works some elite high culture snobbery to them and I wanted in.”
Grace is quite the fan of Banksy’s Picasso slab which reads something along the lines of ‘the good artists borrow but the great artists steal.’
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“The universe likes to play with me, and I only entertain it. There’s a time and a place for heart wrenching work but I’m not one to dwell on negativity, but I’d like to think my work keeps people on their toes because I am the universe and I am laughing at you in the same way the universe is laughing at me.”
Find more of Grace’s work on her website https://youthpleasure.wixsite.com/gracepateyartist

Artist of the Week: Charlotte Grocutt

 “Conceptually, I’m interested in how discarded objects and materials can be used to create new narratives. My most recent project used a sociological approach to explore how discarded objects may or may not differ based on a socio-economic comparison of two locations”

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Charlotte Grocutt is a Fine Artist from Oxford. She works primarily with sculpture but more recently has begun to explore how three dimensional and two-dimensional art practices can be used in conjunction with each other.

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“The process of my practice is very methodical, I select a location, collect objects and photograph them in location and then take them home to study them. I record each object I collect, measuring, weighing and numbering them – it’s quite time consuming but I think this process is an important part of my work, I’m not just picking up rubbish – I’m creating my own taxonomy and beginning to understand the objects as art. Once in the studio I photograph the objects again with artificial light and plain backdrop.”  

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Charlotte’s approach to drawing and painting is very visceral and an immediate reaction to the subject. She likes to use discarded paper as a backdrop to create depth and texture. Her paintings are representative of an object found in its original location.

“I simplify the shape of the object to a single block line creating an easy recognisable similarity between all of my paintings; I use the photographs taken when collecting the objects to build my colour palettes and textures.

When displayed alongside each other the objects and paintings allow audiences to understand Charlotte’s process and also to see the beauty in the discarded.  

 “Fundamentally I aim to create work that encourages discussion and is accessible to everyone. I think people can be intimidated by art and I think its down to us to breakdown this high culture barrier and allow everyone to be educated and inspired by the visual arts.

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Charlotte is soon to be starting at Chelsea College of Art in London, studying Fine Art.

 

 

Artist of the Week: Sophie Gottlieb

“I love to include social issues in my work such as gender, feminism and mental health. I’m keen to do this because I love to encourage conversation on these topics through my work”

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Sophie Gottlieb is 18 years old, has just finished art A level and is hopefully going on to study a BA in fine art.

Her inspirations include Hannah Hill and Laurie Vincent; both include social issues in their work. Hill particularly inspired Sophie’s A Level work through her embroidery that portrays feminist struggles.

“I love the way that Hill uses colour in her work and focuses on the issues of minorities. I look forward to including those ideas in some of the work that I will do at university”

Sophie hopes one day be an art therapist, where she will be using her art to encourage people with mental illness to create.

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“I’m so excited to do this, knowing I’d be improving these people’s lives. I’ve also just ordered some embroidery equipment, and am hoping to embroider clothes and pieces to sell, as I think it would be epic for people to wear my designs.”

Find Sophie on twitter @sophgottlieb

Artist of the Week: Ollie Weaver

“With my illustrative career, I’ve funnelled my work into two main categories, one being imprinted with music, skate culture and film.

Ollie Weaver is an illustrator from Poole, who presents his work through a graphic styling of colours and line work, or through the subject material, such as his collection of portraits on various musicians in all forms of genres.

More lately, Ollie has taken a different direction with my work, looking into the satirical form of illustration through Politics, or his project looking at mental illness in life and art, and the stigma attached to illnesses like Dementia and Schizophrenia.

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“I have to also take into consideration the fact that I am colour-blind, and with that I have a very hard time both distinguishing colour and incorporating colour into my work, either choosing simple black and white or opting for a more abstract and less “life-like” style.”

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This approach on the other hand has really aided Ollie during his first year of uni, learning about similar artists and the simple fact to embrace anything you are given, disability or not.

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“When I was starting my FMP, I was certain on a children’s book as it became a real love after my two recent projects and I wanted my book to be unlike any other, a real stand out.”

Alongside the recent events of America involving trump that he was passionate about, Ollie decided to revolve him into a Childrens’ book, as something like that hadn’t have been done.

“As I got further with my progression, the story and themes got more humorous and an edge of satire and black humour began to bleed into the book, and my target audience was jolted to a universal target, but with the exterior designed for little children.”

Ollie Weaver is soon to be starting at Camberwell College of Arts in London, studying Illustration; after his recent Foundation Diploma at Arts University Bournemouth.

 

Artist of the Week: Chloe Nicholls

“From an early age, I was interested in the idea of capturing a moment and forever having it to look at. I began taking photos with a small digital camera when I was 10”

Chloe Nicholls is a young photographer from South Wales, primarily interested in exploring conceptual ideas through her photography. Chloe strives for minimalism in her photos, but has recently branched out into portraiture and documentary photography; shooting both digital and film.

“I’m now 17 and still expanding on my knowledge, equipment and experience. My first real inspiration for photography was William Eggleston – the saturated colours in his prints stood out to me and inspired me to pick up a film camera. Now, I find inspiration through looking at light and form, and how that accentuates the particular subject I’m shooting.”

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“Multiverse” is a series of photos using mirrors in natural environments. Chloe explains how “the mirror acts as a window or doorway to provide a different perspective of the same landscape, thus exploring the idea of multiple realities existing at one time”

Chloe’s inspiration for this series came from Daniel Kukla and his photography using mirrors.

“I have always found photography to be therapeutic and a good way to distract myself from daily life.”

In the future, Chloe hopes to study for a degree in photography and become a full time photographer.

To see more of Chloe’s work, you can visit her Instagram or Tumblr following the links below:

https://www.instagram.com/chlobainz/

https://chloenicholls.tumblr.com/