We are pleased to introduce one of our amazingly talented Art Wow artists… Kirstie Taylor! Kirstie has a unique and vibrant painting style which she has translated into designs that look amazing when printed on our products. From Bowie to Freddie Mercury, the boldly painted portraits are the perfect balance of mixed media, which results in designs that uniquely capture the celebrities’ likeness. Here is a little more information about Kirstie Taylor from the artist herself…
Please tell us a little bit about yourself. What is your name? Where are you based? What does a typical day look like to you?
My name is Kirstie Taylor but I also go by the name @kirstiepaints on social media. I am based in Essex and am lucky to have a beautiful studio at home.
On a typical day I start with coffee and emails and then the rest of the day is spent in my studio working. At the moment I am having a break from commissions to explore new work but usually the day is spent liaising with clients and working with them to achieve a piece of art they will love.
How would you describe your style of work?
I am a mixed media artist and always exploring new mediums to work with. All my work is completely colour led. I suppose you might call it mixed media pop art!
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given in life?
Always keep a positive mind set, try and say yes to as many opportunities as you can, you never know where it leads to!
What inspires you?
Colour inspires me and finding new colour combinations. A lot of my work focuses on popular culture, and I love reflective surfaces.
Is there a piece of artwork on Art Wow that you are most proud of? Why?
My Bowie work has been very popular on Art Wow, the original is painted on coloured duct tape – totally original!
If your artwork were music, what would it sound like?
Probably “colour” by Mnek!
What artist, past or present has inspired you?
I am totally inspired by Donald Robertson, a Californian artist/illustrator. His work is full of energy and colour.
Who are your biggest influences?
Probably Grayson Perry and Tracey Emin
What was the last gift you gave someone?
Well, today is my son’s birthday and I have given him his first piece of original art by an artist called Carpe Matthew.
How did you get started as an illustrator?
I’ve been drawing and creating ever since I can remember – it’s has always excited me. Although I did art at college, it wasn’t until about 15 years ago that I took a creative path as a full-time career.
If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
A dog! Because dogs are the best animal ever!
How did you develop your distinct style? Was it an experimental process?
A process of experimentation has led me to produce all my best work. At the moment I am working with mirrors and it’s turning out great!
What have been your biggest creative challenges to date?
Last year I was commissioned to design a social distance aware poster for a shopping centre. I bought humour to the image as I felt it needed that. I never thought I would be designing something like that!
In one word, describe how art makes you feel.