Step into the world of artistry where every stroke of the brush is a symphony of imagination and emotion. Today, we have the honour of introducing you to John Catlin whose artistic roots run deep within a family of creative souls. His journey is an exploration of colour, movement, and the dynamic relationship between the human spirit and the boundless ocean. In this engaging interview, we unravel the layers of inspiration that drive John Catlin to break free from artistic conventions.
Join us as we delve into the narrative of an artist who lets paint speak its own language on the canvas, resulting in an enchanting fusion of expression and freedom.
Tell us a bit about yourself and how you got into art!
I have been immersed in the world of art and creative expression for as long as my memory serves me, and I owe much of this journey to my Mother, who is a seasoned professional artist herself. Her influence has extended to my siblings as well, who, like me, have found their niche in the realm of creativity. They specialise in ceramics, fine arts, and sculptures. Throughout the years, we have set out to create artworks that stand apart from each other. As a close-knit family of artists, this challenge has unveiled our individual strengths, enabling us to forge distinct and independent paths within the artistic realm.
How would you describe the art you love creating?
Filled with freedom and movement. I let the paint do the painting just as much as I paint the painting.
What influences your artistic vision and style?
A balance of the flexibility and free movement of the human body combined with the ever-changing moods of the ocean and its waves.
Are there any present-day artists whose creations resonate with you and that you find particularly compelling?
There are many artists out there who I admire. If I had to pick one, I would say Damien Hirst, mainly because he constantly changes his style and fearlessly explores anything he feels drawn to on the moment. I strongly believe in pushing your limits by trying completely new things; even if you fail, you learn along the way.
Among the various materials you engage with, which one do you find the most fulfilling to work with, and what draws you to it?
I have 4 different styles of works in the gallery space at the moment. This question is a difficult one for me. Yikes. All I am sure of is that the work I’m currently engaged with is the most fulfilling or my favourite. The best moment for me is undoubtedly that second when you step back and look at the newly finished work for the first time.
Can you walk us through your artistic process, starting from the initial spark of an idea to the actualisation of the finished artwork?
Well, the spark can come from anywhere or anything, making it hard to pin down. Once I have an idea, I always start by ensuring I have a strong, rich, and colourful base on the canvas before working towards my original concept for the finished work. With my painting style, I try not to let a preconceived finished idea force me in a particular direction. I’m content to let the paint guide me to the finish line, wherever and whenever that may be.
Could you share some insights into your current creative endeavours and projects?
I love working on a large scale, so at this stage, if I could, I would like to work bigger and bigger on my current styles.