Lucy Glenister-Wilson-Storey | Interview

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Lucy has been exploring life through abstract painting for over a decade. Consulting in fashion and design has influenced her painting and gave way to her more textural style. Lucy studied Fine Art in Vancouver, Canada before going on to study at Central Saint Martins and London College of Fashion.

Lucy is an intuitive painter โ€œI could choose to paint the world I see but I choose to paint the world I feelโ€ gut and emotions guide her through the process of making each piece. She is inspired by the concept of time, energy, vibrations. Her purpose is to make a connection, a piece of her is in each painting. Welcome to the AIO family Lucy!

  • When did you first fall in love with art, and realise that you wanted to be an artist?
  • I spent my childhood drawing and making things but never thought about what I was doing. When I was 15 I took my first art class at school and people seemed quite shocked at how well I could draw. I wasn’t satisfied with the education I was getting at school so I started looking for alternatives and then approached my parents with the places I had found. Long story short I was accepted into a school that allowed you to focus on the arts. I moved out at 16 to go to this school and was in the art studio on average 8 hours a day, usually more. I would often be kicked out at 9pm when the cleaners were locking up. I have never thought about loving art, even though I do, it’s just something that I have to do.
  • How has your practice change over time?
  • I have become more consistent with age and practise. From 16-22 I studied and did small exhibitions so was continuously creating. After university I worked in design and didn’t paint consistently. A few years ago I started to get serious about painting again and now I paint everyday whether I am inspired or not. Creativity is a muscle you must keep using in order to get stronger.
  • Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?
  • Generally my paintings are my moods, feelings and response to the way I feel about my life. Most recently though I spent 2 weeks in Greece and you can really see it in the colour pallet and coast line in my painting Nisa.
  • Do you paint when you’re sad?
  • Always.
  • Any current projects you can talk about?
  • I’m concentrating on testing out a completely new style and seeing where it takes me, it’s still very abstract but completely different mood and aesthetics.
  • What else do you love as much as painting?
  • Probably travel, and wine is a close second!
  • Have you collaborated with other artists? Do you have any artists you would like to collaborate with?
  • I haven’t collaborated with any other artists yet.
  • If you could communicate one thing to an upcoming artist about being represented what would it be?
  • Just keep going and don’t look at anyone else. Being an artist that consistently makes money is incredibly hard but if it’s in your bones you will find a way.
  • Name three artists you’d like to be compared to.
  • I’d like to hone my style so uniquely that my work would never be mistaken as anyone else’s. But three artists I’m inspired by: Richie Culver – for the immediate and strong response his artwork makes, Yayoi Kusama – for honing an iconic style and her incredible collaborations and Maurizio Cattelan – for his confidence and cheek.
  • One last hard question... What's your favourite colour?
  • Gold!