© Costume and photo by Nina Fuga
Hello! My name Is Nick White and I am an Artist / Musician / Lecturer / Baker of Bread / Maker of lists and Breather of Air.
I do other things but those are the main ones.
Oh I am also in the band Owen & the Eyeballs. (The Musician bit)
Software / hardware
I use pencils, graphite, coloured pencils, pens, dip pen and ink, gouache, collage/ found imagery, print making. Basically anything I can get my relatively clean hands on.
I use a computer with all the necessary bits attached but I try to keep this to minimum as I tend to get sucked into a photoshop vortex. Whereby I find myself moving something a little bit to the right then a little bit to the left and then a little bit to the right... forever.
Ideal work environment
As a lot of my work is inspired by the media I use and the found imagery I have collected, my ideal work environment is where ever that stuff is. Luckily that stuff is all in my studio.
So the short answer is, my studio.
Like I said I get a huge amount of inspiration from my collection of old magazines and books. It could be an image or a piece of text, which catches my eye that becomes a starting point for a piece of work. Also the actual process of working / creating inspires me greatly. That's to say when you get lost in a drawing or when you mix a really great colour of gouache or find the perfect image of a hand holding a hammer.
Again, short answer, Playing and Experimenting.
In contrast to the above I find that I get a lot of my best ideas when I am out of the studio. So when I am on the bus or train travelling to lecture or in the shower. Who knows what ideas I would have if I ever had a shower on a train...
Creatives you admire most
As I mentioned I love lists and therefore could list every single person who I admire or who inspires me but I will try to keep it shortish and into relevant sections.
Mr Ben Newman has been a constant source of inspiration ever since Mr Tickner's art class in secondary school. Seeing his work develop over the years has been a joy to behold and his honest advice has always been greatly received.
Wow I am getting pretty darn schmaltzy. It sounds like I am writing my Oscars acceptance speech.
Sniff. Can someone please hand me a tissue? Thanks Kevin Spacey.