Listening to Grayson Perry today in an interview for the guardian he explains ”that the artist strives for authenticity”. I wonder what Mr Warhol would say to that. When I began in art school I felt this need to create work that was authentic which is why I fell in love with photography and the darkroom printing process, and its magic. Now with the digital age of photography it is hard to know whether that perfect sunset has been tampered with by photoshop. Why do we have a hunger to create these fantasy worlds? Lets get back to good old fashioned 35mm film and medium format!! However my phone does hold over 3000 photos so maybe not just yet.
Sixteen years on from art school authenticity now is about the process of my idea and how it colours and forms my imagination. My painting below is a collection of pure expression take from it what you will. The images are a cross over from soldiers marching in the first world war and found photographs of a boxing club and social club in the Welsh Valley’s. The relevance is history and human nature, the fine line between love and hate.
Believe it or not I was in the same college with Grayson back in the 80’s – he has always stood for authenticity and I can testify to the fact that he looks for authentic real art and crasft and despises what the Art World stands for despite being part of it. Authentic art is about to have its day x
Cheers Paul, that’s amazing you were in the same college of Grayson. He seems like a very down to her artist.