Joss Clapson Q & A

Kim Kay

Posted on March 08 2021

We are delighted to welcome Joss to our portfolio of artists at Evergreen, bringing something a bit different to the gallery with her vibrant still life. We were initially drawn to her work because her subject matter not only compliments our very own combination of art and food but because her work genuinely excites us and is a breath of fresh air. Her loose brush strokes, soft edges and complimentary colour ways are rather nostalgic in both subject matter and style, we learn exactly why after getting in touch with her...

Quick Fire Questions:

Tea or Coffee? Black coffee

Sweet or savoury? Sweet

Favourite ever meal? Eggs Royale

Go-to studio snack? Dark chocolate

Favourite song/artist? White Stripes- Ball and a Biscuit

Favourite Movie/ series? Pulp fiction

 
Describe the average day in the life of Joss Clapson…
I like to read in the morning, coffee to wake me up. Then I’ll go through some pictures and find my colours and inspiration for the day. After that the music goes on loud and I get painting.


How would you describe your studio environment? Is your workspace tidy, is there music playing ect…
I share a studio with another artist and the space is very tight but we somehow always find room for more paintings and art equipment. My side of the studio is definitely a mess. We like to have David Bowie up as loud as we can and have a laugh while working!


What inspired you to paint still life?
I’d started out painting portraits and did that for a few years but I wanted to try painting smaller and faster to learn new techniques. Tasty food is something I like to look at so I thought I’d go with that.


What is your advice for painting still life?
I always do an underpainting. If I can’t see the image pop in the underpainting I rub it all out and start again. I think creating lost edges also important and highlights.


What is currently on your easel/(plate?)
I’m currently working on a breakfast scene. Something you might see in a greasy retro diner. 


Do you have a favourite subject matter to paint? 
I really like painting fried eggs... And avocado’s. I do love painting 1960’s models though. That era inspires me the most.


What exciting projects can we expect from you in the future?
I’m planning on doing some large scale still life’s in the near future. And I’ve got a collaboration planned with another artist, where the focus is on palm springs.


Is there anything interesting or surprising that people may not know about you?
I’m definitely an old soul. I love music from all eras and genres. I spend hours researching the culture and fashions before my time... probably because of my parents.

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