We’ve been a little slack on the artist #SpotlightOn features recently, if anything we are nothing but honest, so we are coming back with vengeance with Darren Hayman, south east London based painter – ‘he paints things…..’ and his current exhibition at the Blue Belle Cafe in Maple Road in Penge launches this Friday until the 17th August.
Tell us about your art…
I paint things. If I had to nail down a specific area I would say it’s colour. I very very rarely paint or draw in monochrome. I used to do ink line and water colour but lately I’ve been painting purely in acrylic and trying to portray things in light and reflection rather than outline.
How did you get into it?
I think my creative life in general was inspired by being into comics when I was a child. Even though as an adult I’ve had no interest in it as a job, it’s still comics like 2000ad when I was a child that opened up my world. I think something in that tight, graphic sensibility has stayed with me.
Who and / or what inspires you?
Despite also being inspired by a lot of abstract art, I can’t really work from pure imagination and everything I do is observed from things close to me. I walk, I look, and then I see something. I’m trying to think of landscapes that might be just a little unusual. A little less picturesque than we might traditionally expect.
What is your most memorable piece of work either by yourself or another artist?
Without being able to name a particular piece, the art of Joan Miró changed the way I see everything without ever being an obvious influence on my work. There are those huge canvasses from his late period with just one scrawled line and an odd blob of colour. They moved me profoundly.
Is there a seminal moment in your life that has made a profound impact on you and your work?
The first time I saw Miró might be one such moment but I remember the time at school when my art teacher had said to me, Darren, have you ever considered art college?
I had never heard of such a thing. Just those words together, art and college, or maybe she said art school. Anyway, that set me in a new direction.
Do you have any current exhibitions on?
I have an exhibition of my night paintings on at the Blue Belle Cafe in Maple Road in Penge until the 17th August.
What are your plans for the future?
Paint more, paint better.
What are your favourite #SELondon spots?
Rivoli Ballroom, South Brewery taproom, Alexandra Pub in Penge.
And just for fun, who would be your ideal fantasy dinner guests?
The Bay City Rollers and the Wombles
All images credited to DH.