See more of Peter’s work at www.petervaillant.co.uk
Being an artist
Please give us a few words of introduction about yourself
I am a self promoting artist who exhibits within the UK and abroad.
When did you decide to pursue art as a career?
During 2006 I returned to art as a release from my stressfull career, and I found it became so centred in the development and creatitive I knew that art was my next path to follow.
What training did you have?
I have completed the educational structure the same as others, obtaining O-A levels then onto an art and design foundation course to obtaining my degree, but I can state now that I have aged I am focused more from the conformity of art to expression.
What has been the high point of your career so far?
I have not had that expression ‘High Point’ yet. I am continually striving for that moment of excellence in my artwork, always moving onwards and upwards. I do not like that word ‘career’ which makes art a claustrophobic and restrictive product.
What’s your favourite quote?
‘In nature, light creates the color. In the picture, color creates the light.’
Who is your favourite artist?
I have two equals: Gerhard Richter and Giacometti
What are you aiming for?
I am going to answer honestly, Fame!
How will you get there?
The only way by networking and exhibiting my art work.
Is anything holding you back?
No, I have the passion.
You and art
What feelings or reactions do you hope to arouse in people who view your work? Are you ever surprised by reactions that you get?
Passion, happiness, and people feeling good within themselves
From start to finish, how long does it take for you to create your work?
Between six and twelve months.
What music do you like to listen to when you work?
I listen to a varied music selecton which plays on shuffle mode on my itunes.
What are you working on next? Any future plans or projects in the pipeline that we should look out for?
I am creating new artwork for a solo exhibition in Cork Street London.
Being inspired by art
Who (living or dead) inspires you? and why?
When I was at Exeter College I had an A level art lecturer named Blanche Croydon, and I believe that it was her nurturing and recognition of a talent within me which influenced me to follow a artistic future, rather my parents wishes of an academic future and security.
What feelings, subjects or concepts inspire you as an artist?
Reflection upon surfaces and magnification of colour.
What is your favourite work that you’ve produced so far and why?
I do not have a favourite, but an artwork that I have an internal reaction to every time I see it is a piece called ‘Intermission’
an artist’s advice
For those thinking about turning a passion for art into a career, could you give any advice?
The only advice I can pass on is to do art because you want to do art. If your artwork is successful then that is the plus in life.
Any tips on how to get your work seen and get the commissions coming in?