In Conversation with…Rebecca King
We talk to contemporary artist and Arts Central resident Rebecca King, in the latest of our ‘In Conversation…’ interviews.
Please start by telling us a little about yourself and how you came to be a resident at Arts Central.
I am a contemporary artist living and working near Milton Keynes. I came to know about Arts Central from a mutual friend, when I was working at Milton Keynes Arts Centre as a Technician. I had a studio, but, unfortunately, things changed and I needed somewhere not just to make new work but to store my paintings and materials.
What medium do you work in?
Mixed Media. One of my favourite mediums to use is spray paint; People don’t know it, but there are so so many different ways to use it to create unique effects.
What does your art practice look like?
Somewhere in-between painting and sculpture.
How did you get into art?
It was the only subject I enjoyed at school, and the only thing I felt I was good at, so I went with my gut and pursued it. I remembered when I finished school I was going to start a hairdressing course at college. I do not know what I was thinking! I studied Fine Art both at college and University.
How has your style developed over the years?
My paintings have always been non-representative and abstract. I am always experimenting with new paints and materials as this is a big part of my practice. I feel my style has moved on a lot since I was at university creating my final works; the places I have worked have made a big impact on the materials I now use. For example, when working at Graffiti Stars I began using spray paint a lot and I am still experimenting with it now. Since university I have been on a journey trying to find the best, most durable materials for my practice and I think I’m nearly there.
What inspires you?
The world around me… the everyday… materials… colours… paint.
Are there subjects or themes that you return to in your work?
The main focus of my work is the material I’m using. My work is completely abstract… you can see what you want and decide for yourself, although many of my works remind viewers of different landscapes.
Who is your favourite artist?
That is such a hard question, as I have a number of artists who inspire my work, but I think one of my favourites is Jason Martin.
The not knowing and the experimental side; no painting is ever the same and that’s the most exciting part.
Tell us about a particular piece of art that you are proud of.
A triptych that I created for my final show at university – it’s probably the largest work I have made. Scale is a very powerful thing when it comes to painting.
What are your goals for the next five years?
I would like to start selling more of my work and have it seen by a wider audience. Have some exhibitions with other artists.
Does creating art help with your mental health?
I think this is relevant for everyone, I strongly believe it does. It is an escape from the bigger things that are happening in the world; something to get lost in.
Why did you decide to become a resident at Arts Central?
When I came to look around at the space, everyone seemed friendly, it’s a little community and feels like a little second home, especially with more people occupying the studios now.
How has Arts Central helped to expand your practice?
Arts Central has allowed me to continue my painting practice. Without this space I would not be able to make the work I do. I feel very grateful to have found this space, and to have been accepted here to help me develop my practice.
How can we see any more of your work? (For example, Instagram, website, Facebook)
Facebook: Becky King