The arty interview: Hermione Carline

After coming across her work at The Other Art Fair, I caught up with contemporary artist Hermione Carline, to discuss the contemporary art scene and our mutual love - Japan.

Hermione Carline, Tokyo Storm 1

You recently exhibited at The Other Art Fair. Do you enjoy exploring new contemporary art?

I felt privileged to exhibit alongside some very talented artists and love the range of ideas and media possible now in contemporary art. In my own work I am interested in conveying an emotional feeling through the colours and textures I use in my paintings. I leave room for viewers to form their own interpretations.

What is your primary medium and subject matter?

My subject matter concerns particular memories of places I've spent time in and which have held a certain resonance for me. My work begins with drawing and photography, leading on to perspex face mounted photo pieces and oil paintings, using layering techniques and stencils onto wooden panels.

How long have you been active, and what made you become an artist?

I came from a long line of artists and my entire family were immersed in art. My earliest memories are of painting and drawing, so in that sense I have been active my entire life.

Hermione Carline, Tokyo Mist

You took a trip to Japan recently, which I understand was the inspiration behind some of your current artworks. What exactly was it about Japan that inspired you? 

It was the contrast between the fast paced vibrant street life of Tokyo and the serenity as well as simplicity of life in the villages which enriched my overall experience of the country. For me it was the whole culture, the country's history, etiquette and extraordinarily different way of life which I found so stimulating.

Hermione Carline, Tokyo Rain

Is travel your main inspiration?

Not always, but it is the colours, sounds and the feeling I get from being in a foreign place that often inspires me.

Favourite artwork of all time?

I have chosen this painting by my father Richard Carline ' Under the mosquito net on the Grace Harwar', 1931. As a child I used to hear the stories about his trip sailing down the Orinoco river on the last of the full-rigged cargo ships going to South America. There is a wonderful feeling of romance about the picture with the pink flamingos flying across the skyline and the billowing nets that make you feel as though you are inside the boat itself.

What is an artistic outlook on life?

It is constantly being aware and alert to ones surroundings and finding what it is that inspires or moves us personally in our everyday lives.

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