20 Questions with Andrew Crane
1: Who are you?
THAT, Nathan, is the only question worth asking!
Right now, i can only say who I am not, but for the purpose of this interview
please use the given name of Andrew Crane.
2: What is your background?
My formal education was at one of those schools where boaters were compulsory.
Fortunately we didn’t have to warm the toilet seats for the prefects but we did have to pick up other people’s litter in the town.
It was a 6-day a week job and left we with the habit of enjoying work on Saturdays.
When not studying pure maths and applied maths, the art room was my sanctuary.
The Central School of Art & Design followed – qualifying in Graphic design and typography.
Then a twenty-year career in graphics. I still do the occasional graphic job when it comes along – mainly book design and layout.
I started painting ‘seriously’ pretty late in life, on the suggestion of my eldest daughter, Alice – herself an artist of immeasurable talent.
3: Where were you born?
4: Explain your work in up to 40 words.
Nowadays I often use cement or plaster as a medium and as my plastering skills are pretty rudimentary to say the least, mistakes and drips etc invariably provide a starting point for the work. There is usually a ‘spiritual’ connotation. My love of type and word and number is often evident.
5: How has your practice changed over time?
It is more an expression of who i am, rather than who I’d like to be.
6: Do you have a favourite medium to work in?
cement or gesso. They allow another dimension.
7: Do you pursue any themes? If so what?
Wherever possible the work is a visual koan
8: What other jobs have you done/do you do other than being an artist?
After college I had a short spell working as an exhibition designer at the Central Office of Information
and an even shorter spell as an assistant designer in Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, London (birthplace of JMW Turner)
9: What research do you do for your art?
The best research is standing in the shed…or walking the Google pest
but I will often be inspired by resources like Artstack…and indeed Facebook.
I have a few art books of my favourites.
10: What makes you angry?
When work isn’t flowing, i can get angry with myself. Well…it’s more a pissed off feeling.
11: What is your favourite colour?
12: What is your favourite piece that you have produced?
13: What music/album are you currently listening to?
Bob Dylan….any album
14: What makes you happy?
Knowing my kids are happy.
15: What are your favourite films?
Stigmata, LA Confidential, Throne of Blood….and I love the subtitled thrillers on BBC4 on Saturday night
16: Favourite place?
Just outside the door
17: One or more artists you like?
Tapies, Turner, Diebenkorn, William Nicholson, Twombly
18: What is your favourite word?
19: Professionally what is your goal?
to paint until i die
20: What would your dream commission be?
I don’t like commissions