I usually wake up at 6-7 and go for a run to get all my thoughts in order. I will then get all my admin done so I have the rest of the day to concentrate on painting. The phone will be off and you do kind of enter a sort of meditative state and your thinking does become more and more focused.
What projects are you currently working on?
At the moment I am working on two projects at the same time. I am doing a VERY large painting for a new restaurant in Ladbroke Grove in London. It is going to wrap around a corner so will to be very interesting to see when finished. The other is a collaboration with Knots Rugs in Chelsea. They are converting one of my paintings into a beautiful hand made rug….roughly 4m x 3m – it is going to be very impressive!
What draws you to working with Knots rugs and seeing your work in a different medium?
Many things do, but the main draw is the ability to see my painting in another medium, especially considering I have had a great interest in rugs since my first trip to India 10 years ago. The quality of Knots’ rugs is incredible and the manufacturing process in Nepal is very hands on and methodical so to have my artwork transformed into one is quite an honour. I have never been to Nepal but I have been very close to the border many times and the rugs that I saw there were an example of complete craftsmanship in both beauty and design. When I heard that Knots wanted 3 artist to collaborate with them I jumped at the chance! It is not everyday that you get to see your artwork transformed into rug created with such exceptional skill.
What is the one characteristic you think every artist should possess?
Flexibility. There are no right or wrong answers being an artist and you have to allow yourself to walk down different paths. Some paths might lead to something but they all give you experience be it good or bad.
What has been your favourite project to work on over the years?
Recently I just did a Penguin Essential book for the Reluctant Fundamentalist. The reason why this springs to mind as I have been working to no brief for a long time and this took a few months and it was interesting to test myself. I must have painted the front cover 50 times!
Describe your style in three words.
Random, controlled, chaotic.
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
Socialising – I get most of my ideas from talking to other people.
If you had one superpower, what would it be?
Invisibility! Without a doubt. For the greater good of course. That would be an extremely interesting power.