Lindsay Pickett is a self taught painter whose recent paintings of cityscapes touch on the theme of alternate and warped realities.
Pickett primarily employs a basic study of a composition idea which is later brought to life in the form of a small watercolour painting. This eventually develops into a large scale oil painting. By using photographs, he is able to create a visual reality that can be convincing and one that holds much colour and character.
The historical influences within his work arise from Surrealism and fantasy art. Fantasy artists such as Wayne Barlowe, Jim Burns and Stephen Youll have been influential for the artist, whilst other key figures are Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Brueghel, Rene Magritte and M. C. Escher.
Q: Your paintings are beautifully detailed. How do you go about completing a painting?
My paintings start with an under drawing. This is fundamental in getting the composition and proportions right first. Then comes the big block areas of colour and the detail comes last. That's the fun part!
Q: What inspires you in your practice?
My dreams tend to dictate what I paint. Sometimes it is holiday shots I take when I’m abroad.
Q: You also sculpt. How do your paintings and sculptures influence each other? Do you know whether you’re going to be making a painting or sculpture before you start?
I plan everything that I do. The paintings and airliner models don't really have much to do with one another but they are both born from one principal idea. To create the impossible. Some of the airliner sculptures are aircraft that may have existed in another reality as indeed the impossible landscapes that feature in my paintings.
Q: Do you have any quirks as an artist? Any habits or superstitions?
I eat a little too much chocolate so I have a quirky sweet tooth but I am planning to make a dental appointment about that! I also think that dreams and the afterlife could be linked in some way.
Q: You’ve exhibited all over the world. Are there any particularly memorable exhibitions?
Yes. In fact it was in London! My first solo show in Ladbroke Grove, West London.
Q: You’ve been painting for nearly two decades now, have you noticed any changes in the art world since you started?
Interestingly, I remember the Sensation show, 1997 at the Royal Academy, which was the year I started my BA Degree in Fine Art. That was all about shocking the audience which was kind of considered new at that time. Now it seems that much more can be considered as art.