featured Artist: Angelique Hartigan

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Angelique Hartigan is a well respected local artist and and the 3rd to feature in our ongoing project to showcase artists and makers who will be at the first Bazaar of 2014. It will be this weekend the 6th of April.

Here is an interview where she speaks about here work;

What is your background? I have a degree in 3D Design from Brighton, but came to painting as I enjoy the immediacy and happy accidents one gets in the process of painting

How would you describe the work you produce?  Energetic and vibrant celebrations of streets and seasons.

Who inspired you to be an artist?  My mother is artistic and I’ve always been encouraged by both my parents, so it just came naturally.  On returning to my home town of London some years ago I decided to make a real commitment to painting, setting up my studio after studying 3D design at Brighton.

What inspires you?

My wanderings. I love London and especially this little corner of it (Crystal Palace), where I have a studio. It’s like a village here and there’s a real community spirit and people know each other to say hello to. I feel a real sense of belonging.

This is why I like to celebrate the places in and around London. I spend a lot of time in Crystal Palace park, which is full of beautiful trees and go walking and/or running with my springer spaniel – Humphrey.

The park is a great inspiration changing colours with each season and weather front reflected in my work which is a mixture of local landmarks as well as the wider locality of my home town of London that tends to draw me in. Often I like to work on images where the sun is shining, cutting into buildings or melting trees or dark corners next to a splash of sunshine.  See “Shadows and Circles, South Bank, London”.

With such a vibrant city I will never run out of inspiration, just time in which to make the many images I want to make.

How has the experience of being an artist most benefited you?  I have benefited in so many ways apart from the obvious one of having my dream job. It has also given me independence and although extremely busy, but time is my own.  I have made some fantastic friendships through my work while my work seems to give so much joy to those who buy from me.

What is the best surprise you have had from the experience?  I feel a great sense of happiness when I paint and my clients often say my work makes them happy.  I am always surprised when people show great enthusiasm for what I do.  It makes all the hard work of late and all night studio sessions as well as the sacrifices I’ve made to be a working artist worthwhile.

What is it that you are trying to achieve with your art?  I approach each image in the same way –hoping to instill the very feeling of being somewhere.  To transport the viewer emotionally into a space.

What compliment would make you feel the happiest at this point in your life?  Sometimes I hear viewers saying they have never seen this technique before or say that it is unique.  This makes me happy.  The best compliment is always when somebody chooses my work for their wall.

If you were asked, what one piece of life advice would you give others? If you know what it is you want to be or do – surround yourself with sound advice and support for what you are doing and enjoy the process.  It will take time, but be determind, you will get there.

As an artist each piece of work you make becomes a stepping stone to the next one and a reference point. Enjoy the happy accident in your work and be fearless. It doesn’t matter if you make a mistake, you can change it. I’m still enjoying learning what works and doesn’t work, developing my language – just keep going.

I left a well-paid job and lifestyle for a much more challenging life, but the rewards personally and professionally have been worth the risk. I love my work and feel very lucky to have had the chance to change my career in a place with a vibrant arts scene.

What medium do you prefer to work in and why?  I work in acrylics as they have the right properties I need to for the technique I have developed.

 

What would you paint for yourself?  An absolutely huge painting, but I would need a much larger space.  Because of my background in 3D design and making I was able to design and build a bespoke studio space and drying rack that in my studioso I would enjoy inventing a way of painting a very large piece as I paint on the floor, throwing and spilling.

A big broad question, what is Art worth (in society/our culture)?  That’s a big question, but my first thoughts are how freedom is important to me so I see it as an essential way of a society expressing themselves and should be encouraged and supported.  Art is everywhere.

Is there anything else you would like to say?…..perhaps is your work featured in any major collections,  has anyone famous bought work from you?

No one famous has bought my work, yet, but I a few weeks ago Dulwich on View and Dulwich Picture Gallery ran a competition alongside the Whistler and the Thames: An American in London exhibition. I was delighted that my work was chosen by Ian Dejardin, The Sackler Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery, as the winner of the Directors Prize category.  Part of my prize was an invitation to Hockney The Printmakers Private View – which was a real privilege as he is one of my art heroes.

 

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