year of birth: 1966
Q1: When did you start making art?
I have always made art in some way but I have only been a full time artist for 5 years
Q2: What does inspire you?
People, their lives and the world around me inspires me the most.
Q3: What are your techniques?
I usually gather information from locations; sitting, watching, sketching and photographing everything. I then take this back to my studio and start work on exploring compositions, using drawing, photo-editing and printing. I create a textural surface on my canvas using sand and dirt. This helps me relate the forms, space and structures in my work as part of the same place. First I build up background and later the form. I use oils, which I feel can fully explore the fluidity of the forms I paint. I always mentally place myself within the space whilst I am painting to enable me to fully express the experience.
Q4: What is the main idea or feeling behind your works?
I tend to explore social conditions, political and religious questioning and how this affects people and me personally.
Q5: What is the main color of your art and why?
I use quite a limited palette of mixed greys mainly and other colours. This helps me create the right atmosphere for the space I am painting and helps me focus on the composition, form and space.
Q6: What would you improve about your work and why?
I wish I would know when to stop sometimes. I can sometimes lose the spontanaeity of a perfect brushmark and I beat myself up over it for days.
Q7: Do you have any project for the future?
I am currently working on a series of paintings exploring the horrifying conflicts around the world and how it affects people. I would like to go on another artist residency next year to explore another part of the world.
Q8: Describe yourself with 3 words capturing the essence of lesley-oldaker.
Q9: Show us (link) your very first work. Describe it from techniques till feelings.
A Sense of Purpose. HERE. I did this as my final piece at artcollege. I used a crop from a b+w show slutter speed film image I had taken. I then did a series of monoprints of the crop and used these to compose the painting. It depicts the anonomity we feel sometimes as part of a crowd, the loneliness and life’s mundane experiences.
Q10: What did change from your first work till now?
I explore and exploit the use of colour combinations more in my work.
Q11: What is art for you? Escaping from reality or the essence of life?
Essence of life.