Our third ‘Talk Tuesdays’ guest blog is by John Moores Painting Prize shortlisted artist Juliette Losq. Her delicate yet disorientating watercolour, ‘Vinculum’, dominates almost an entire wall in the exhibition.
What made you enter the John Moores?
The main motivation for me is the prestige of being selected for the exhibition. It’s also a great opportunity to show in a public gallery and to show something that is large scale in an exhibition that is not motivated by commercial concerns.
How does it feel to be one of the shortlisted artists for John Moores?
I was absolutely thrilled to be selected.
Do you have a favourite John Moores winner?
Michael Raedecker is someone whose work I have always admired.
Are art prizes important?
Art prizes are important in the sense that they enable emerging artists to show alongside very established artists. They give people a forum to show in that is not commercial, which might free people up to submit more experimental work.
I enjoy the process of building up my paintings. I like to read up about colour theory and mixing techniques,
and to challenge myself in terms of applying these to increasingly large scale and detailed work.
Tell us a bit about your studio space.
My studio space is a mess. As I work with masking fluid and water-based mediums I work out of plastic cups. I don’t use a palette. Often I kick these cups over leaving pools of ink all over the floor. Masking fluid is derivative of latex. It sticks to brushes and surfaces. When you remove it from paper it creates a moss-like residue which tends to collect all over my floor. A tutor once thought she was seeing multiple spiders!
Do you have a routine when you paint?
I am in the studio five days per week on average (I teach twice a week). I arrive between 9 and 10am. I try and plan out my day so that a natural break will occur at lunch, where I can go off and leave something to dry. Working with very wet media means that a lot of time is spent waiting for it to be dry enough to paint over. I leave the studio any time between 8 and 10pm. I’m lucky enough to live near my studio, but I spend far more time in the studio than my flat, so would say that the studio feels more like home.
Do you listen to anything when you paint?
I like to have voices in the background while I am working, so often listen to the radio and occasionally daytime TV. I do like to have music on sometimes. I generally rely on YouTube playlists. I work better to familiar music, perhaps that I have grown up with in the background at home – so 50s and 60s music seems to crop up quite a lot.
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