Artist Talk: Clive Hicks-Jenkins


Last week we had very interesting talk with Clive Hicks-Jenkins. It was most inspiring talks we every got in University, in my opinion.

Clive Hicks-Jenkins did not started his carrier when he was young, he did not do to college or University to do degree. He learned everything by himself. He did draw when he was little, but hearing from people saying that he’s going to be artist put him off from doing it and instead he was learning dancing and became a choreographer. “What I do now is the same ,painting is like a dance too, making lines with brush” After long thinking in his thirties he left his students and agents. Start working in castle as ticket seller and when there was no customers he would have his little book where he started drawing again. When finally he was found by a man who managed to brought him and his work to a galleries. Clive got also first commotions for book covers where he even does typography titles himself. The time when he changed into artist what to do what he do is the time father has died, his memories about his and his nightmares motivated and also changed his style of drawing. His style contains a lot of shading using soft pencil. He likes to try and experiment with different media, but most uses quash.

Now he does a lot of things: painting, animation, became a director for his father stories, working on puppets show, making a book of Hansel and Gretel horror version and also working on children version for shop.

My personally favourite was his new project Hansel and Gretel, which is not released yet, but we were able to see drawing of the book. I don’t really like scary thing, but I still loved every detail and there was funny things too and I’m really looking forward to see the finally book in shop.

Overall, it was very inspiring to see his art and detail work and also it gives an understanding and more confidence that is things not going to work out now, they will work out late, just for different people different time.

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