Meet the Artist 2018: Rian Hotton
Published: 21 June 2018
Rian's paintings mainly concentrate on the built and natural environment, places he has visited or grew up around, sometimes intertwining them with narratives of the political world around us. He gives the subject a new perspective be it through the chosen view or the choice of palette. The chosen perspectives tend to lean towards the bold and bright. Rian paints with acrylics or oils on ply or bamboo paper. Rian will be exhibiting at The Elms, National Trust for Jersey, St.Peter both weekends. Originals and giclee limited edition prints for sale.
How would you describe yourself as an artist?
I tend to paint in a bold style which has been seen as quite distinctive. My preferred subjects are the built and natural environment. Light and shadow are my main focus.
What or who is the inspiration behind your work?
My eyes are the main inspiration for my work, if see something that catches my eye or I can see it in my minds eye as a painting then I tend to either photograph or sketch it and then work up an idea in the studio.
How did you first get into art?
I first started drawing as a child, I was very young. It has continued from there and developed through vocation and professional study.
How have you developed your artistic career?
Through various froms of professional development. A few years ago I decided to take up an Artistic career full time. Plenty of admin and plenty of painting.
What is your favourite part of the creative process?
There are two firstly developing the idea and then bringing it to life.
What project or artwork are you working on now?
I am finishing off a painting of Bel Royal which I was hoping to have finished for the Skipton Open Studios although it may have to stay as a work in progress.
How do you think your art has changed since you first started creating?
I include more narrative in my paintings now but its up to the viewer to work that narrative out.
How do you know when a work is finished?
I don't always know so sometimes I leave it in what I call the waiting room. I keep it out of sight for a week and then revisit if required.
What do you wish more people knew about your process, or about your life as a professional artist?
The amount of admin that is required and self promotion can be somewhat over bearing at times. And I have plenty of ideas just not enough hours in the day.
What is the most interesting artwork, exhibition or art event you’ve seen recently?
Picasso at the Tate Modern. Highly instructive.
What’s your favourite place to see art?
I recently went to the newly refurbished Royal Academy. Thats my favourite. But I also like to visit the British Museum.
What was the first piece of art that really mattered to you?
Cross in the Moutnains by Freidrich.
What artwork do you wish you owned?
Anything by Francis Bacon.
What current art trends are you following?
Any and all.
Have you taken part in Skipton Open Studios before?
What is the most important tool in your studio?
If I could ‘wave a magic wand’ and grant you one wish that would impact upon your work or life as an artist, what would it be?
What image/music keeps you company in the space where you work?