Artists talking about their own unique story
Lesley Samms MSc ANLP, Founder of Pure Arts Group
Pure are delighted to announce the launch of Art360 Edition 3. Taking place throughout October, November and December, 20 artists will be going live on digital to share their unique story, and 13 will be exhibiting their artwork as part of the REIMAGINED exhibition at Bannatyne Spa Hotel, Hastings between 7th October 2021 and 9th January 2022.
Pure ART360 Edition 3 will consider the artist’s muse: the source of their inspiration. A muse, in the most basic sense, is something that serves as an inspiration to an artist. The word itself however dates to Greek mythology, with Zeus’ daughters forming the nine Muses who presided over the arts and sciences. This historical context has imbued the word muse with a distinctly ethereal, feminine quality.
In this exhibition we will seek to reimagine the topography of the muse in the 21st century. Moving away from the historically acceptable notion of the muse as feminine, to a more complex, diverse narrative where the ‘source’ of an artist’s inspiration can come in manifold, divergent elements, and forms.
Exhibiting artists include Felicity Flutter, Louisa Crispin, Carole Bury, Hildegard Pax, Shulan Wang, Edith Pargh Barton, Ollie Holman, Markus Thonett, Jonathan Hateley, Brenda Hartill, Nina Stopar, Juliette Scott, Roel Funcken, Sandra Menant.
Here international artist Sandra Menant tells us in her own words what has inspired and motivated her artistic journey and shares some insight and advice for others.
Sandra works from her studio in Wimbledon Park, London. Born in Paris, she has an extraordinary family history of painters, one of whom used his art skills to help the French Resistance.
Sandra creates original, vibrant paintings to enhance living spaces. She is renowned for the vibrant use of colour in her glorious abstracts.
What is your earliest memory associated with art?
I am 3 years old, exploring my grandfather’s studio at the end of a long creaky floorboarded corridor in his Paris flat: Open boxes full of broken pastels everywhere, scattered coloured papers covering every surface and tens of drawings on walls and easels marinating in the smell of turpentine.
Please could you tell us who or what has had the most significant influence on you as an artist?
An exceptional six-month sabbatical: I went to buy paints and canvases and without conscious awareness, poured my emotions out to regain balance. Friends walked in over a few months, bought paintings, and suggested exhibiting some.
Please describe your practice for us in three adjectives.
What is your artist muse?
What motivates you?
Feelings expressed on an atmospheric canvas.
What’s the best thing about being an artist?
Creating and selling work.
And the worst…!?
The frustration when I cannot get what I see clearly in my mind onto the canvas.
What work of art would you most like to own and why?
Paul Gauguin – Tahiti Landscape 1893, Vincent Van Gogh – Olive trees with yellow sun and sky, November 1889.
Please could you tell us about the piece of artwork of which you are most proud?
All the work I display is original: from my own imagination, without a conscious influence of other artists.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
What advice would you give to those aspiring to make a living out of art?
Have another job to pay the bills and fund the artistic projects.
What is the most important thing to know about you?
Human relationships are the motor of life.
Please tell us one unexpected thing about yourself.
I am obsessed with colours and even had a pet Madagascan chameleon as a pet – named Clyde.