Artist of the Week: Jude Hart
This week Brighton Journal spoke to Jude Hart, a local abstract artist whose paintings explore colour, curves, mark making and pattern. Jude is currently working on two paintings for the Battersea Affordable Art Fair, and has recently set up a new studio at her home on Shoreham beach. We discussed what Jude loves about the medium she works in, as well as her inspirations and favourite things to do locally. Take a look at her wonderful work.
What are you doing today?
Today, I am working on two paintings that will end up going to the Battersea Affordable Art Fair with First Contemporary Art Gallery in March 2020. I always tend to work on at least two pieces together so that if I begin to lose sight of what do next with a painting I can switch to the other. It’s usually works that I am invigorated by the change. I usually paint for about six hours and use the rest of the day for other jobs such as buying materials, preparing canvases and doing my accounts.
Describe where you do most of your creative work.
I have recently set up a studio at home on Shoreham Beach. I am very excited because it has a sink which may not seem very exciting at all but it is the first time I have had easy access to one for a long time! Working from home is very convenient because I can paint at all hours of the day and I like having my work so close by. However it can be very isolating so it’s important to get out of the studio too.
What’s the most exciting thing you’ve worked on?
Well I am very excited to be working on a commission for a painting going into a house in Oxfordshire which is going to be twice the size of anything I have made before.
What made you decide to become an artist?
I decided to take an art foundation course after doing my A Levels so I guess I started down the path then. After completing the foundation, I went to Goldsmith’s College where I studied a degree in Textile Art. After my degree I had various creative jobs but I only began to make paintings after the birth of my second child. I would paint in a lean-to shed in our basement flat in Brighton while the children were having an afternoon nap. It grew from there.
What are the key themes in your work?
Key themes involve grids, both flat and curves, mark making and colour.
What would you like people to notice about your work?
The colour! I spend a lot of time mixing colour combinations on the palette – some of which never make it into the painting.
What attracts you to the medium you work in?
Painting is such a glorious obsessive pursuit. I have sometimes found it really hard to paint and have tried other things, but I always return because of a deep enduring love.
What equipment could you not do without?
My hands to make. My eyes to behold.
Who or what inspires you?
My close female friends are constant sources of inspiration to me. All amazing women in their own right, passionate about the things they have chosen to do and so very talented.
What’s your favourite thing to do locally?
My absolute favourite thing to do is walk barefoot at low tide on the sand with the sun setting towards the west and the moon rising in the east. Sometimes I enjoy listening to the sound of the waves, and at other times a new obsession from Spotify blasting in my ears.
What’s your favourite gallery (or place to see/experience art)?
I always love going to the Tate Modern.
If you could collaborate with one artist, from any time, who would it be and why?
I think Julie Mehretu is an incredible artist and the scale that she paints on is mind blowing. It requires a team of people to create that sort of work and I would imagine it would be an amazing experience to be part of that.
What’s your favourite colour?
I would never pick no one colour over another. They exist for me in relation to each other. I am very lucky to be able to play, pour, feel, smudge and experience colour every day.