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A life of art, from the horses mouth.

I’ve been an artist for 25 years now, it basically started in my 3rd year of university when I had my first exhibition, I worked really hard and guess I got lucky and managed keep making art from there on. I paint a lot but do a bit of everything, I try to be as diverse as I can because I feel it feeds into everything else.

 

 

I LIKE TO FUCK ABOUT WITH PLASTER, BUILD SCULPTURES AND PAINT 

 

 

When I was younger I liked to write a lot, very free from comprehension and just let the pen go see what I came up with. Now I like to fuck about with plaster, build sculptures and paint. One of my biggest joys is finding stuff on the street that other people deem to be not needed and repurpose it. It gives it a new lease of life and shows that everything has significance.

 

 

 

AT FIRST YOU THINK ITS BEAUTIFUL THEN IT CAN CREEP UP ON YOU AND SMACK YOU IN THE HEAD 

 

 

George Raftopolous

 

I  DON’T REALLY PLAN WHAT I’M GOING TO PAINT I JUST TRY LET IT HAPPEN

 

 

Japanese linen is my favourite thing in the world. Its about 400 bucks a square meter, so not cheap stuff. I like to play a game with myself, I treat it with respect for a while being real careful and then just go crazy on it. I try not to be too precious about stuff, it’s good to keep turning things on their head, I like the idea that people view my work for the first time and think they get it but begin to understand it less and less the longer they look at it. At first it can seem beautiful but then it can creep up on you and smack you in the head.

 

 

 

 

YOU DON’T JUST SIT ON THE FENCE AND PLAY THE SAME TUNE 

 

 

 

 

I used to do two or three shows a year which ended up being a load of work and quite a lot of pressure. About five years ago I left the gallery I was with for a long time and had a real breather from the whole thing. Its been a real revelation taking myself a away from the commission gallery role, it can be a dangerous game and is easy for people to get caught up in the hype of the whole thing. I find I can concentrate a lot better now and have definitely found my voice again and have something to say.

 

 

 

 

Success can be a bitch and fuck with your head. Thats one thing I try get across in my work, things don’t stay the same, their good, their bad, their shit, their ugly, its about dealing with those things. I want my work to be on a very human level, I think thats important.