My name is Pie Herring and I live and work in West London. A teacher once said to me, “make your next piece of work your best piece of work.” In recent years it has become a bit of mantra in my studio. I believe what he was saying to me was, be daring, don’t play it safe and come away from every piece you create with a new understandings of making work as this will enable you to grow.
PIECE WITH ARTIST
OCT 13, 2021. LONDON. UK.
Tell us your story, how did you come to painting? When I was younger, most of my free time was spent in a shed at home caking the walls in spray paint and experimenting on canvas with any materials I could find. I went on to university to study Painting where I was awarded the chance to exhibit in various shows. After a year of working in that same shed post university I was able to move to London and set up shop in a beautiful studio in West London, where I remain today.
What are your motivation forces for painting?
I have always been drawn to the figure and therefore my work has consistently taken on a representational quality. Conscious of photography’s true-to-life aesthetic I am consistently seeking ways to represent human form in an exclusively painterly and contemporary way. I am completely taken in by artists who are working in a similar fashion, such as Flora Yukhnovich, Francois Bard and Jenny Saville, to name a few.
What can you tell us about your studio, what kind of place is it?
My studio is a huge part of my identity, you can learn everything you need to about me just by taking a visit. It has always been a safe and calming space which provides a place for me to escape. I am lucky enough to have a diverse range of artists working in the same building as me which I am grateful for as it provides invaluable opportunities for creative collaboration and conversation.
I have to mention one of my most memorable studios. This came about when I spent some time away from my London base and travelled to Kenya to produce a body of work for a recent exhibition. To enable flexibility and with the help of others, I was able to move locations with two large sheets of plywood. By propping these against any avaliable wall and attaching unstretched canvas to them, I was able to create paintings on a relatively large scale and roll them up in tubes for transportation. It was a fantastic experience which informed my work alot.
What is art for you?
The most liberating and truthful expression of who we are.
Photo: Pie Herring