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Tim Lewis answers FAD’s questions

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1 When did you start to make art?
i had always been building odd little mechanisms from a very young age, but it wasn’t till half way through art college that i thought they might be art.

2 How did you evolve into a professional artist?
i didn’t

3 What drove you to make art as a professional vocation?
i don’t consider being an artist to be a profession.

4 Explain your inspiration?
It just everything you come across and find yourself wondering about.

5 In what way does your inspiration transform into ideas?
It takes a couple of years for various thoughts to gel into something more concrete.

6 From Ideas to production of art – how? And why?
The ideas come complete, and it takes a while to find out how to produce them. It’s important to me that they exist physically and not remain an idea.

7 Could your ideas be portrayed in any other medium? If so which?
Have tried other mediums but for me it always felt like i was portraying art, rather than producing it.

8 Which artists would you most like to blatantly rip off?
Jacques de Vaucanson, Yves Tanguy, Valentino Braitenburg

9 Why is your art made?
Curiosity. I want to see what it actually is, as opposed to the thought of what it might be.

10 What does being an artists mean to you?
More than i like to admit.

11 Are you happy with your reasons for making art? i.e. Are there any trade offs that make life hard?
Sometimes. The trade offs aren’t really that bad.

12 When does your art become successful?
When it becomes independent of me.

13 What is art?
What is art?

14 How do you start the process of making work?
I procrastinate till last the minute, then work manically

15 Who prices your work? And how is the price decided upon?
Generally the gallery prices it,

16 What is your next; move,project,show etc?
Will spend the summer working on a piece i have had in mind for some time, after that it’ll be a matter of looking around for a place to show it.

17 What are the pros and cons of the art market?
i don’t have that much to do with it.

18 Which pieces would you like to be remembered for?
The ‘next one’ is actually the most honest answer.

19 Any routine in making your artwork? If so what?
No real routine, except routinely being 3 months behind schedule.

20 What has been the biggest break in your career?
Doing an MA. To have a second chance at art college, and not blow it again.

21 Who has been the biggest influence on you?
Artwise that would my art teacher at secondary school, Mr J. Turner. Truly the good teacher and a lovely and modest artist.

22 How many artworks have you given away and to whom?
A few to friends and family

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