Elmo Hood — ARTIST






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Elmo Hood

Interview with artist Elmo Hood —

1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Elmo Hood, I am an artist based in London, England.  I create my pieces using collage, oil and acrylic paint techniques, i guess I would describe my genre as figurative/abstract Contemporary…  Fabstract for short!

 

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2. Why art?
It is something i have loved doing ever since I can remember; I was always encouraged as a child to draw, paint, make paper-mache sculptures, etc. However I lost interest in my teens and focussed on sport instead (basketball). I was lucky to rediscover my passion for art in my early 20’s

 

 

3. What is your earliest memory of wanting to be an artist?
I never even thought about it growing up, i didn’t see art as a potential career. All I wanted to do was play basketball in the NBA! unfortunately that didn’t quite happen for me. It was when I was about 21 and one of my paintings won a competition to be exhibited in the Houses of Parliament I thought maybe i should take painting more seriously.

 

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4. What are your favorite subject(s) and media(s)?
I love traditional playing cards, they are recognised world wide as an item you can use for games, however i saw them in a slightly different way. The figurative cards can be used in art to display all sorts of messages such as love, power, wealth and sadness. I use the playing cards on their own for collage by cutting/burning them or combine them with my painting style, creating layered and detailed backgrounds.

 

10655303_568774146585008_3190703321519092184_o5. How do you work and approach your subject?
I will think up my composition first and then decide on a colour pallet for the piece; since I started using oils I have had to put much more thought into this process than when my work was mainly spray paint. Occasionally, as I start to paint, my composition will change and I might end up with something completely different to what I had first planned. This is one of the things I love most about creating artwork, it’s an adventure.

 

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6. What are your favorite art work(s), artist(s)?
My favourite artists are currently Jean-Michel Basquiat, Conor Harrington, Hush and Mydogsighs. I like artists who have a really unique style which you know has come straight from their heart.

 

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7. What are the best responses you have had to your work?
I have seen videos of people cry with happiness when they have been given my work as a gift which is an incredible thing to see as an artist. I try and emotionally charge my work so when i get that reaction it is great!

8. What do you like about your work?
I like that it is evolving and moving in a direction I am really happy with. When I paint I get lost in my work and feel completely free, It is a therapy for me.

 

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9. What advice would you give to other artists?
-Try and find a style unique to you, do not imitate others
-Trust your ability and direction
-Draw inspiration from your life and experiences
-Put the time in, there are no short cuts
-Support other artists and network, you will really struggle if you are an arsehole no matter how great your art is

 

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Elmo Hood with “No Gods, No Masters”

 

10. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
I would like to think I will be painting and still travelling the world exhibiting my work. My current focus however is my London solo exhibition “Down the Rabbit Hole” opening at Westbank Gallery on 10/11/16

 

 

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LINKS—

Website: www.elmohood.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ElmoHood/
Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/elmohood/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/elmohood
Email:  Olivier@olivierjoly.com
Phone:  07747 085 089