We are thrilled to be hosting the 'Refrain' exhibition by Ian Hodgson this month. Ian has become one of the most recognised contemporary artists in Brighton with his distinctive style of graphite art. In this blog post we get to know Ian a little better....
1. What is the role of the artist in society?
To provide different ways of looking, provoke reaction.
2. How has your art evolved? How do you see it evolving in the future?
I can see how my work has evolved over time through how I tackle similar subject matter. The
different approaches I take in my drawing practice will be a continuing influence in the
development of my work.
3. What is your favourite piece of work you have done?
The next piece of work is usually my favourite piece!
4. What are your tips for aspiring artists?
Don't lose the ability to play within work, explore and try out ideas - see where they can lead.
Try not to get too swayed by what looks commercial or fashionable, take inspiration from what's around but develop your own style and find your own voice. Get your work out there - through social media to galleries, find ways for people to see it.
5. In your opinion, what makes a memorable piece of art?
For me, a memorable piece of art is a piece that makes you want to look again... Something
that doesn't give it all away instantly.
6. Where do you find your inspiration?
For me, inspiration comes through the act of drawing. Mark making with graphite on paper
unlocks my creativity and allows ideas to develop.
7. What artists have inspired you?
Artists who explore and develop their own work, regardless of whether it fits in with current
trends, inspire me. Pursuing their vision rather than just commercial success shows a bravery
and integrity that I admire and aspire to.
8. How do you know when a piece of work is completed?
Knowing when a piece of work is completed is more than often quite apparent. Unfortunately,
at the point when it looks and feels finished can also give rise to the temptation to add more
which can lead to spoiling the work.
9. What do you hope viewers will take away from your art work?
I always hope that my work will tap into something on an emotional level with the viewer but I'm happy with anyone wanting to look at it for whatever reason, be it about technique or content.
Ian Hodgson's 'Refrain' exhibition is on at the Naked Eye Gallery until 28th February.