Where are you from?
I am from Brighton on the South Coast of England. I live there with my partner and my adopted greyhound Dylan.
Where do you currently practice your artwork?
I work from my home studio and also from my workshop in the Sussex countryside. I like to split my time between
my illustrations on paper and my woodwork-it is a great combo of messy and tidy work!
Are you self taught or have you completed any training?
I am a self-taught artist. I began pyrography as a hobby in November 2015 when my partner (who is a carpenter)
bought me a hobby kit as a gift. He wanted to help me keep positive during a hard time of unemployment.
I posted some photos on instagram of my progress and people began contacting me for commissions
and asking to purchase my work. It took off from there and I went self employed in February this year.
How would you describe your artwork/process?
I would describe my artwork process as "zen". The majority of my artwork is made using "pointillism",
whereby I apply thousands upon thousands of dots which blur in the viewers eye to form complex images of animals.
This is a very labour intensive and time consuming process however I get lost in my work listening to music and pondering about life. It's all the admin and marketing that goes with the job of self employed artist that I find a little less relaxing!
What is your biggest influence/inspiration?
My biggest influence/inspiration for my artwork is the emotion of animals. I try to capture the animals personality,
whether it is the aged wrinkled face of an elephant or the relationship between two turtles swimming through the
ocean current. I also love 'Finding Nemo' by Pixar, so that helped with inspiring my 'Ocean Oak' collection!
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I am about to start another large oak piece; two elephants with entwined trunks. I have been looking
forward to this piece after spending the past two months creating two entirely new ranges of tote bags and greetings
cards. I have missed working with timber, and look forward to sharing my progress on instagram.
Where can people see your work?
I currently have my work in several places online and in-store.
I also sell through Things British in their retail shop in Chapham Docks in Kent. In Brighton you can find my work
at The Old Tree Cafe, The Oriental Hotel and Thomas Rainsford Art Gallery. I will also be showing my work as a
guest artist at this years Open Houses Exhibition in Brighton (dates and venue to be released soon via my website).
Jes Hooper Pyrography and Pointillism Art