Curator of Depot Artspace's upcoming collaborative project x>1 Richard Penn was recently interviewed by the Creative Matters Podcast.
- Tell us about the title of your show “Plein Air & More”
Plein Air painting and sketching have been a way of life to me on my travels. And ‘More’ refers to works developed from these studies in the studio.
- If you could master one tool/skill, what would it be?
The skill of capturing atmospheres and experiences in paint is key to me.
- What’s your usual art making process/inspiration/how do you work?
I work in short periods of intensive energy. If the creative juices are flowing run with it if not I quickly do something else.
- What are some challenges and perks of being an artist?
A perk is always having something to do, in retirement and lockdown. Challenge is to stay motivated and positive.
- Which 3 artists (dead/alive) would you like to have dinner with?
Colin McCahon, l wish I had talked to him more at art school.
Max Ernst, zany character.
Henri Matisse – a great inspiration but I would have to learn more French.
- What advice would you give to a younger John starting out in the creative industry?
Have confidence in yourself and take opportunities. Teaching is a good way to impart knowledge.
- What would you like to achieve within the next 10 years?
Travel a lot and exhibit every couple of years. Stay alive.
- What are 5 most important items/tools in your studio?
Full bodied quality acrylics, screen printing squeegee, watercolour set for travel, good range of brushes, Schminke pastels (brilliant).
- What excites you the most about your upcoming exhibition?
Its the first time I have exhibited plein air sketches in my career, also looking forward to the Depot Artspace as a great venue and being back on the shore.
John’s exhibition at Depot Artspace: depotartspace.co.nz/event/john-horner
John’s website: JohnHorner.co.nz