Q&A Simon Naish from Hand Drawn House


What is your practice? Materials? Processes?

I am first and foremost a painter. My work has always been heavily influenced by the aesthetics of Pop Art and the Post-Pop generation of painters that followed. I have developed a style which employs flat plains of bright colour to achieve certain formal effects and as such, I prefer to work in acrylic paint which is quick drying and enables me to layer the paint surfaces to a flat finish, often eliminating the evidence of brushwork. Hand Drawn House was set up because of my interest in typography and my desire to create works involving text. In the process of exploring the potential of smaller pieces of ‘word art’, I discovered that vinyl, combined with my painting methods, creates some really exciting and harmonious effects.

What 5 words best describe your work?

Bold, Colourful, Humorous, Precise, Thoughtful.

Do you have any design heroes?

Ensor, Goya, Warhol, Hogarth, Tom Phillips, Velazquez, David Shrigley, Takashi Murakami, Picasso, Jasper Johns.

Where is your studio?

At the bottom of my garden.

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Describe in 10 words a typical day in your studio

School run, Radio, Drawing, Cutting, Cluttering, Printing, Painting, Singing/Swearing.
Are you working on anything unusual at the moment? Commissions? New work?

I’m currently working on some larger pieces, which will develop some of the techniques and ideas that I’ve been exploring in the smaller works. They will probably see the light of day, early in the new year.
What will you be selling at the Christmas Bazaar? Anything new? Anything christmassy?

Perfect christmas present? The Sale Arts Christmas Bazaar has come at a great time for me. The work I have been doing as part of Hand Drawn House is all relatively new and it’s therefore a great opportunity to get it in front of people and see what resonates and what doesn’t. In this respect, Sale Arts has the exclusive on many extremely limited edition pieces, which I have only done in small numbers and which I’ll be selling at very affordable prices.
Tell us something we don’t know

My new best friend is a machine called a Cricutter. It essentially works like a printer, reading images or text from your computer but instead of printing them, it will reproduce and cut them into a variety of materials, such as paper, card or vinyl. It has revolutionised the way I work, particularly in the design stages. I sometimes think it must be how Johannes Gutenberg felt, when he said, “Hey guys, check this out!”





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