"It is difficult to identify with much of the behaviour of those in positions of power. I have hope that a new generation coming through can go some way to help reverse some of the worrying trends." - Jack Trewin
Introducing Jack Trewin, a twenty-four year old artist from London. We asked him about his work...
When did you start painting and what was it about art that enticed you? There are photos of me at the easel at the age of 3 so I guess it’s ingrained in me! I always felt a natural inclination towards making images and it felt like a valuable pursuit from quite a young age. Seeing what other artists have achieved just reinforces my faith in the value of visual art, it’s incredible to have a window into the perception of another individual. Nowadays, going to an art gallery is a great source of inspiration and motivation to me. There’s a beauty in the process of creating a physical record of a unique vision and moment in time.
Your work captures a massive amount of human emotion. Is this something you consciously try to evoke? And if so, why is this important to you? Portraiture was always my favourite form of art growing up. I loved the way a portrait is the image of one person through the filter of another, even self portraiture involves a certain amount of detachment. I think that a painting can capture an essence of someone. And even if you do not know them, you can connect with their humanity. I have done as many portraits from photographs as I have from direct observation, and of course I much prefer painting from life. Rembrandt, Van Gogh and other great portraitists all have such vitality in their work.
Do you follow a regular creative process? Not especially. The impulse to make a piece can come in the spur of the moment or it can be something I think about on and off for a while. I rarely finish a piece in one sitting, finding it hard to continue painting for more than a few hours at a time. I am considering doing a drawing or painting of course soon. An environment like that would help me hugely.
How do you see your artwork evolving over time? Improving my skills over time will open up new directions for my artwork, new realms that I cannot currently reach. I will always want to make strong, impactful pieces but I see myself working on a larger scale and doing series of work inspired by the world around me and my impression of it. I see that as a duty to reflect the world around me. Film and photography are also a huge inspiration and I have vast archives of images that I will use as springboards for work. I like images that are divided simply into strong delineated areas and shapes.
The last thing you were inspired by? A few exhibitions I went to in Italy, particularly a Gauguin retrospective, an Ai Wei Wei show and a group show of great Japanese printmakers Hiroshima, Utamaro and Hokusai. All were breathtaking, and the curation of the gallery spaces was much better than a lot of british exhibitions i’ve been to. The biggest thing you’ve learnt in life so far? To take in the richness of life and not to come to conclusions quickly. What are your aspirations as a human and artist? As a human, to have a positive impact on the world we all live in whether on a small or large scale. Unfortunately, it is difficult to identify with much of the behaviour of those in positions of power. I have hope that a new generation coming through can go some way to bringing a sensitive, sustainable approach to help reverse some of the worrying trends. I can attempt to communicate ideas through my art and inspire others to express their own ideas. That’s the beauty of creation.
Finally, any messages or words of wisdom for the lovely people reading this? Vote Labour!
You can enjoy more of Jack's work on his instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jctrewin/?hl=en