Nicky Philipps: 1 minute without a paint brush.
One minute with Nicky Philipps has given us a lot to think about - a whole list of artists to read up on, a new genre of music to listen to, and an exciting young exhibition to put in the diary for June!
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, oil on canvas, 96" x 60", 2016
1.) Most influential artist on your work & why?
I’m afraid one is not an option, the list is constantly growing; Van Dyck, Velasquez, Sargent, Rembrandt, Lawrence, Manet, Monet, William Nicholson, Peploe. There is always something new to learn.
2.) Favourite medium & why?
Oil, there is such vast range of colours.
3.) Do you listen to music when you paint, if so what genre?
Country and western. It’s "feel good" music, it even makes me feel good if a painting isn't quite working.
4.) When you’re not painting what do you most like doing?
Anything to do with horses. Cook, play bridge or design things... And travel, except that this can sometimes count as work because I always take my sketch book.
5.) Favourite Art Collection?
National Portrait Gallery, especially their early 20th century rooms.
6.) London’s best kept secret?
Rossetti Studios. Although we’re planning an exhibition for young artists there this summer, so the secret may not be so well kept after that… Hopefully it will inspire the next generation though.
7.) Dream studio location? A barn in Chianti.
8.) What portrait are you working on at the moment?
A very funny lady from Dallas who loves Sargent and country music.
9.) Any (discreet) amusing anecdotes from a sitting?
I wish I could remember them, but as most of my brain is focusing on painting the portrait only the most dramatic stories seem to register, and they will remain secret...
10.) Who would you like to paint next?
My current sitter's husband/family. That will be proof that she likes her own portrait. Or Dame Edna Everage.
11.) Any tips for young portrait artists starting out? Learn to draw properly.
12.) Last meal you’d like to eat?
Mashed potato and lemon cheesecake. In that order. Both with cream.