If you weren’t an artist, what else would you be?
If I wasn’t an artist I guess I would be a wild life photographer.
Can you tell us more about your work and what are the main ideas you would like to express?
My work is concerned with removing labels and returning the mystery that those labels remove. I remove the context from an image and in doing so the viewer is able to experience the novelty of not knowing what they are looking at, and hopefully can experience the wonder and fear of the unknown that is increasingly disappearing in a world of familiarity.
How do you start the process of making work??
Usually I start the process of making my work with a photograph and the intention of replicating all or a section of it in oil however more often than not I will be led by the act of painting into a completely different direction .
Do you consider the viewer, when making your work??
I don’t really consider the viewer in the making of the work, only in my ideas behind the work.
Name 3 artists that have inspired your work.?
There are many artists that I am inspired by but not that inspire my work , Francis Bacon , Barnett Newman and Turner .
What defines something as a work of art?
For me what defines something as a work of art is if I am moved on a profound level , that makes me look and think in a new way .
Anytime, any place – which artist’s body would you most like to inhabit?
What was the most intelligent thing that someone said or wrote about your work?
Aldous Huxley wrote that he could see the strange and infernal otherness that hides in familiar things, in his book the doors of perception. Not about my work, but this is very much what my work is about.
Which artists would you most like to rip off, sorry, I mean appropriate as a critique of originality and authorship?
Jackson Pollock, Francis Bacon, Anish Kapoor.
Do you care what your art costs? State your reasons!?
I do very much care what my art costs as I believe that artists are producing objects and ideas that really are unique and very often they have to sell those pieces at prices that undervalue the work just so that they can continue being an artist and make a living. I agree with the saying,” you get what you pay for”.
What’s next for you?
Hopefully I will continue.
See Eugene Wood’s Exhibition NO REP from this Thursday : DETAILS