I had the pleasure of speaking with the folks at Art Reveal Magazine a few weeks back; They asked about how I first began my art practice, about the art scene in Manchester, and about what painting means to me in our contemporary culture.
To read the interview in full, check out issue #26 of Art Reveal, right here!
While you're there, be sure to flip through and check out the work of the other artists featured, or even check out Art Reveal's backlog of previous issues - they put out a really nice product, so spend some time with it!
In other news, I've been drafting up loads of ideas for a large-scale woodcut (we're talking like 33" x 50"!!) to submit to BIG INK for their upcoming print session at 3S Artspace in Portsmouth. If my design is accepted, I'll get straight to carving and come away with a super limited edition of three very large relief prints, one of which is then donated to BIG INK's flat file collection and included as part of an exhibition of all of the prints pulled at 3S Artspace that weekend. Selected artists are expected to pay a fee, which covers time & labour, equipment & materials, and even professional photography, which brings me to my last topic: Patreon.
Patreon, if you haven't heard of it, is a bit like Kickstarter but for more intangible things. It allows people (like you and I!) to support artists, creators, poets, illustrators, and start-ups (and I'm sure countless of other freelancers, makers, and entrepreneurs) by pledging a monthly allowance of anywhere from $1 to ya know, however much you can afford to give! Patrons who sign up to back certain projects or creators get a sweet gift every month in return.
Please, please, please, if you can spare $2, $15, or any amount at all, I will flood your mailbox every month with things like sweet notes, cool mixed CDs, and original art. Think of it like an Ali Keller Subscription Box delivered to your door each month! How cool! Plus, when I reach my first goal of $250/month, I'll be raffling off an original, limited edition, hand-pulled print from my personal flat file. Check out all of the super cool gifts I'll be offering patrons right here! All proceeds from patrons will go solely and directly towards my artistic practice and will provide funds for things like matting and framing, entry fees (like the cost of participation in BIG INK if I'm selected!), and occasional supplies.
Y'all are so good :')