Behind the Art 2018 – 1st Edition with Gavin Mayhew

1create - Behind the Art with Gavin Mayhew

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Here is the latest edition of Behind the Art

Providing insight into the lives of artists, in their own words.

It can be lonely being an artist and we hope sharing other artists journey will help other artists and creatives.

In this first edition we get some insight from Gavin Mayhew.

Where do you find continued inspiration?

At the moment, with my advancing years (groan), I am constantly looking for new experiences to be inspired by.

Lately my wife and I have been attending music festivals as my eldest daughter’s partner is in in a brilliant band called Samson Sounds that play at lots of British and international festivals.

I have been photographing and sketching characters and participants that frequent the events with some excellent results. These images have been transferred to paintings and drawings. We have even purchased a campervan to do this.

This has not only helped in my artistic inspiration but has also rejuvinated my life in making me feel like a young hippy again and has helped me produce a series of festival paintings and drawings capturing the excitement and atmosphere of the events. Coooool man.

What do you hope to achieve?

I hope to achieve a constant flow of creative artwork inspired by life and people, including paintings, drawings and sculptures, until my arthritic hands cannot hold a brush or a glue gun.

What are your struggles?

I sometimes struggle with a lack of creative ideas and also with external events unfolding around me that limit my mental imagination. These forces inhibit focus and the will to create. Add to that my aching back and arthritic hands – it is a bit of an uphill struggle – but art will prevail is my hope.

I occasionally think I am running out of steam and perseverance to search for exhibition venues as it takes a lot of energy and effort to procure exhibitions of my work, especially as I feel the need for larger and more upmarket venues.

Have you achieved what you want?

If I have achieved all I want I might as well give up.

How did they achieve your success?

I have had a moderate success in the art world, exhibiting internationally in such countries as the U.S.A; Germany; Belgium; Greece and of course the UK. Needless to say it is a very difficult profession to be involved in (starving artist in garret mode) but sooooo fulfilling.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

My art tries to make the viewers think, smile, discuss and feel the atmosphere that I try to create in my works.

I paint or sculpt in many mediums.

I am also an art tutor and demonstrator and I would like to carry on in being involved in the art world for as long as I am able.

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