Shortlisted Artist, Nina Fowler talks about her work…
What made you want to apply to the Young Master’s Art Prize?
I admire the ethos of this prize and believe that my work takes enough inspiration from the “Old Masters” to credit my application.
Which artist/s are you most inspired by?
On this subject I have to say, I am inspired by so many different artists and sources. I collect images and find inspiration everywhere. In books, in film, on my travels. Often I take inspiration from things which don’t necessarily have an artist behind them or indeed are anonymous in their maker. But if I go back to basics there will always be artists who I regard as masters who provide a great source of inspiration to me. In terms of my sculptural practice the main ones would be Bernini, Degas and Rodin. However, to put myself even in the same sentence as them would be ridiculous to me.
Can you tell us something about your background?
Born and raised between London and Norfolk, I was drawing and model-making from a very early age. A keen miniature collector and an avid fan of black and white films. I studied Sculpture at Brighton University and have since been practicing both drawing and sculpture in my studio in Hackney Wick.
What inspired you to become an artist?
I don’t think I ever “became an artist”, I have just always made work and loved the process of doing so.
What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
My large scale installations “Valentino’s Funeral” and “A Real Allegory: Parts I & II” I would regard as my greatest achievements to date. They were both shown by Galerie Dukan Hourdequin, in France, and have since been acquired for public collections in Europe and the USA.
What are your plans for the future?
I recently completed a drawing of Professor Richard Dawkins for the collection of New College Oxford and have since been asked to complete five further portraits of their fellows.
Next year, I will enjoy a solo presentation at “Drawing Now”, Paris, with Galerie Dukan Hourdequin.
I am also very excited to have been invited to exhibit at Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg as part of a 2-woman show taking place next summer.
I am planning lots of new work for both – that’s about as far ahead as I tend to think.