The SSA are delighted to feature the work of one of this years invited recent graduates George Ridgway. We are looking forward to seeing some of these pieces in our forth coming annual show. Here is a sneak preview of some of the works we’ll be showing.
Tell us what got you into art – how you got started – what first excited you?
My parents first excited me about art and and thinking within an artistic context. Early church cave painting really got me interested in what painting could be. But very old blues music has really stuck with me. It may not sit within a traditional paradigm of ‘art’ but it works me, which is what I somehow think good art should do.
Where do you make your work?
Usually in my studio but I like to test things and ideas out outside, on walks, drives, and whilst playing.
What are your main influences and sources of inspiration?
I’m heavily interested in the movements of Arte Povera, fluxus and also impressionist painting. But I take a lot of influence also from research into older ideologies and their interdependent relationship to the land.
Is there some piece of advice / information / knowledge that you’d like to share?
I’ve barely begun but, be patient and wait for things to develop.
Tell us about a project you are working on at present.
I’m currently in Norway on a residency for two months. Its a fantastic chance to read and think and begin to make work again. I’m hoping to use a small bandstand in the village for an impermanent exhibition of painting and musical performance addressing the village.