Q&A WITH charlotte a fleur - INTERVIew
Charlotte is an abstract artist living and working in North London. Her works explore colour and how intuition can influence mark-making and composition. We dig below the surface to discover what influences her spontaneous and intuitive painting technique.
NCA: CHARLOTTE, WHAT DOES INSPIRATION LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?
As an abstract artist my work explores colour and how intuition can influence mark-making and composition. I often take colour inspiration from ceramics, art and photography, or just the world around me. I also make the most of living in London, and often visit the Barbican, Tate or Hayward Gallery for inspiration.
NCA: WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO THE MEDIUM YOU USE?
Although I have a degree in Fine Art, I didn’t actually use acrylics or paint much at university. I mainly focused on installation and video art, so abstract painting is a relatively new challenge. I was initially drawn to paint and pastels as I wanted to work with traditional materials but applied in a contemporary way. I’ve always enjoyed drawing, particularly life drawing, but this was an opportunity to express myself in a totally new and uninhabited way.
NCA: WHAT ARE YOUR ESSENTIALS?
There are so many great tools! First on the list would be my squeegee, which I normally use to move the paint across paper or canvas. I have found Winsor & Newton’s ‘Flow Improver’ gives the acrylic paint more fluidity, but still maintains the vibrancy of the colour: it’s brilliant! I should also mention my paint brushes, which range from new synthetic brushes, to my Gran’s vintage collection. I am always surprised that different materials have the power to project what I feel inside.
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