q)Please introduce yourself.
a)Hi, call me AP
q) Where do you live and work?
a)Most of my time is spent at APHQ, a rather leaky Victorian building in
q) How would you describe your work to someone who has never seen it?
a)I call myself a stencil artist (other people may use more colourful language), my paintings are mainly doodles about stuff that annoys, amuses or intrigues me... apart from Biggles who's a pigeon with a dark past and a murkier future
q) How did you start in the arts? How/when did you realize you were an artist?
a)I was always visual, ever since I can remember I looked at a lot of things every day. A couple of years ago when I'd had enough of producing pretty pictures for other people I decided to do some for myself
q) What are your favorite art materials and why?
a)Card, belton and fire. Card because the simplicity and immediacy of a good stencil is second to none (not that I've got there yet), belton because of the smell and fire because you haven't got a clue what the finished image will look like
q) What/who influences you most?
a)Life, me and things I see, hear and read
q) Describe a typical day of art making for you.
a)Get up, check it's sunny, grab some stencils and any card, paper, wood or canvases lying around, pop some cans in a bag and sit in my back yard spraying away... later I'll add a few beers into the mix
q) Do you have goals, specific things you want to achieve with your art or in your career as an artist?
a)Do a picture I'm really happy with and other people think is really good
q) What contemporary artists or developments in art interest you?
a)Adam Neate, Banksy, Mark Demsteader, Herakut and Hush. If it is a development in art, I'm not sure, but the changing role of street and urban art from outside galleries to inside them
q) How long does it typically take you to finish a piece?
a)Varies drastically, typically five tabs and two cans of Nelson Mandela
q) Do you enjoy selling your pieces, or are you emotionally attached to them?
a)Selling was never my intention, but when people asked if they could buy one I had to deal with my capitalistic greed... I feel really humble knowing people around the world have one of my pictures in their home
q) Is music important to you? If so, what are some things you're listening to now?
a)Music's not really important... probably because I was a heavy metaller in my formative years
a)They have pages with writing on
q) What theories or beliefs do you have regarding creativity or the creative process?
a)Do it because you love it, believe in what you're doing and never expect anything in return
q) What do you do (or what do you enjoy doing) when you're not creating?
a)Wild nights out, long walks in the countryside and quite nights curled up on the sofa with a good bottle of wine... this is for a dating site isn't it?
q) Do you have any projects or shows coming up that you are particularly excited about?
a)Upfest '09 last week was fantastic. I really enjoyed it and met some great people. At the end of this month my first screen print will be in a show in North London, it's called Secret Blisters and is being put on by Print Club
q) Do you follow contemporary art scenes? If so, how? What websites, magazines, galleries do you prefer?
a)If I had a life I wouldn't answer this question, but there's a certain forum called banksy.info that keeps dragging me back. All sorts of art stuff is discussed, it's pretty much like sitting in your local with some mates gradually getting drunker and drunker, whilst the conversation gets better and better. I think I was born inside it
q) Ask yourself a question you'd like to answer, and answer it.
a)Do you like Marmite? Yes
q) Any advice for aspiring artists?
q) Where can we see more of your work online?