Interview with artist Mark David Lloyd —
1. Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Mark David Lloyd I am a British Contemporary artist.
2. Why art?
I have always made art, it’s what I do. Art is who and what I am. From childhood making sculptures out of cardboard and scotch tape, to being a graffiti artist throughout my teenage years, and up until the present day running a studio and professionally practicing contemporary art; making art is what I have always done.
3. What is your earliest memory of wanting to be an artist?
I don’t really have an early memory of ‘wanting’ to be an artist, it was a need, I just went ahead and did it.
4. What are your favorite subject(s) and media(s)?
The subjects of my work include the impact of modern technologies and the wonders and horrors that they offer. I am interested and fascinated by modern technologies affect/effect on the human condition and our humanity. I work in all media’s and mediums, but I am primarily a painter.
5. How do you work and approach your subject?
I approach my subject firstly through extensive theoretical and philosophical research and analysis. From this initial research, avenues and pathways start to form. The next stage is to experiment in the studio and on digital computer software, and within these newly discovered avenues and pathways I synthase ideas and materials to gradually form the work with it be a painting, sculpture or piece of projection art.
6. What are your favorite art work(s), artist(s)?
My favorite artists and artworks are many from the Renaissance artists such as; Annibale Carracci, Piero Della Francesca, Andrea Mantegna, Artemisia Gentileschi ,to Carravaggio, Jusepe de Ribera, Rembrandt, William Turner, John Martin, and to early modernists like Édouard Manet, Gustave Courbet, Théodore Géricault, Ilya Repin, and Käthe Kollwitz. Most of the artists of the 20th and 21st century I adore and have been highly influential on my practice. Currently living artists I admire and take great influence from are: Damien Hirst, Luca Del Baldo, Matthew Day Jackson, Gordon Cheung, Thierry Art, Jenny Saville, Peter Reginato, Krista Kim and many others. There is so much great art out there.
7. What are the best responses you have had to your work?
The best responses to my work are like ‘Marmite’ they either love or hate what I do. From my peers, to critiques, to writers and the public either love or hate what I do. Some have said what I am doing is important, others have said what I’m doing is offensive.
8. What do you like about your work?
The challenge of my art practice from the research and experimentation to the discovery of new possibilities, and completion and sharing of my work with others is what I like and value about my practice.
9. What advice would you give to other artists?
The advice I would give to other artists is; be willing to work hard. Be open minded to advice and experiment without fear or expectation. Do not be afraid to destroy and start again, be honest with your practice (be your own worst critique and most glorious appraiser), enjoy your creative journey and remain grateful. And of course never, never, give in.
10. Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
In 5-10 years, If Fate decrees, I will be continuing my professional practice. I am excited and looking forward to discover what wonders and possibilities will be created in the future. Thank you kindly to ‘Arts illustrated; celebrating the arts’ for sharing my work and thoughts.