An Interview with Painter Chris Acheson

An Interview with Painter Chris Acheson


contemporary-photorealistic-painting-manchester-chris-achesonSince his graduation from Manchester Metropolitan University, Acheson has shown consistently at galleries in the UK and further afield, notably the New York Art Fair. In 2006, the artist won the One Love Art Prize.  To find out more about his work click here.

Can you explain how you choose your subject matter?

I am inspired by everyday life, I am constantly on the lookout for interesting compositions, from the mundane local Caf’ to the gaudy splendour of Piccadilly Circus, and setting up numerous possible narratives for the various characters that inhabit them.

You have used song titles for many of your pieces.  Do you use the the music to inspire the painting or does the painting suggest the music?

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Of my many inspirations Cinema and Music are often at the forefront and have helped to fuel my work and have suggested starting points. For example, Drive-In Saturday, (a song by David Bowie). It was a title I liked and so looked around for a location that fitted my interpretation of it. I eventually found it in a mock American Diner in Soho.

You seem drawn to cinema and ‘pop’ iconography.  What do these cultural references mean in your work?

The cinematic influence provides the visual treatment of a painting, as I seek to give the impression of a painted film still.  And not just glorious Technicolor, the black and white Kitchen Sink  dramas of the Sixties are particular favourites. For example A Taste Of Honey  and Saturday Night and Sunday Morning  they have left a lasting impression and consequently many of my paintings are rendered in black and white.

Also I like to include as many corporate logos as I feel fits a composition.  The use of logos, works on many levels, as the new Icons of ‘Pop Culture’ as compositional points of interest and I like the way they ultimately date an image, and therefore the painting.
I suppose I am looking for A Taste Of Honey  in the Greasy Spoon of life.

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