Daniel Fletcher | Studio Visit
When did you start calling yourself an artist?
I think when I realised that the majority of my time was being being spent either physically making work or facilitating the production of new work.
When do you make your best work?
I tend to work best under pressure and always like to keep a clear direction and goal even if these are self set. I work best in the evenings when I feel an urgency to make something of the day.
Regarding your method of making, is it a case of the material or method dictating the idea of the other way around?
I would always avoid either dictating the other, however the ideas behind my work hold a strong relationship to the processes which I work with.
Is art making therapeutic for you?
In the sense that I feel anxious if I haven’t been making then yes, it is therapeutic. I like to be able to be very focused on something.
What are you most proud of?
I feel proud that I am able to support myself and my practice so early in my career.
Artist whose career you covet?
I admire many artists careers however I am very focused on doing my own thing and building my own career.
What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?
I would love to be exhibiting regularly and making a living from my work. I run a printing & publishing press, Yucca Press, and have some big ideas for where I want to take it.
If you could travel anywhere to create for a while, where would you go?
I think it could be really interesting to do a residency in New York or LA. I'm always interested to spend more time in Europe making work - perhaps somewhere a little more tropical than London!
Did you grow up around other creative people?
I don’t come from a particularly creative family - both my parents are chefs - although I was always fully supported to pursue my own interests. When I first left home I moved to Cornwall to study on an Art Foundation course.This was a pivotal year for me which I spent surrounded by like minded people living and working together. A lot of my closest friends were met that year and many of us now live together in London.
What are your other hobbies?
Nothing wrong with a good drink!
If you could have a drink with one artist, who would it be?
It would have been great to have been able to talk to Patrick Heron in his later years.
What influences you?
I feel influenced in my work by contemporary British abstract painters - Roger Hilton, Albert Irvin, Howard Hodgkin to name a few.
What motivates you?
I am continually inspired and motivated by my peers. I think the bringing together of our practices will create a dynamic synergy, and I think there will be much excitement in the future for all of us.
What’s your studio philosophy?
My philosophy is to just keep making work. I am not always happy with the outcomes however I think the only way to progress and move forward is through mistakes.
How many hours do you try and work in the studio per week?
It varies week to week but I aim to spend the majority of my time creating work either in the studio or print studio.
Silence or sound while creating? If sound, what?
I always listen to music when I work. Lately I have been listening a lot to this radio station called Balamii which is based where I live in Peckham.They support a lot of emerging music.
Favorite art-making tools?
I work a lot with screen printing. Lately I have been doing a residency based in an etching studio and so have been learning lots of new ways of making making marks.
Tools or mediums you’re dying to experiment with?
Really with my own work I am looking to drastically increase the scale. I am hoping to work with enamel inks onto canvas and aluminium panels. I have recently purchased an airbrush and am working on publishing a new book of drawings.
I have just moved into a new studio and will be beginning work on some new paintings and printed canvas panels.Towards the end of summer me and some of friends are putting on a show so I will be making work towards this.
I have lots planned for Yucca Press this year and will be plowing a lot of my energy into it. We will be working with some really exciting artists and I am looking forward to be able to share this later in the year. I will be launching Yucca Books as a platform for publishing the work of artists both here in the UK and abroad.