Interview with new Academician Giles Penny

We caught up with newly-elected Academician Giles Penny, who answered a few quickfire questions about his current practice, dream project and artistic influences.

RWA: What are you working on at the moment?

Giles Penny: Drawings for a new series of screen prints.

RWA: Where do you find inspiration?

GP: Inspiration comes from observing people and things around me and how things and people are interconnected.

RWA: What does the RWA mean to you?

GP: The RWA is a life-raft in the isolated world of studio practice.

RWA: What would be your dream project?

GP: To spring clean the workshop.

RWA: Who is your hero?

GP: I have no heroes as such but am inspired by Agnus Martin - 'a most truthful artist’ - and Manzu, who delivers an honest rendition of his world.

RWA: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

GP: 'Keep it simple.'

RWA: If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?

GP: A gardener, with a shed full of tools.

RWA: If you could own any piece of artwork which would it be?

GP: A painting by Howard Hodgkin.

If you are interested in becoming an RWA Academician, the deadline for applications for 2017 is Wednesday 1 March. Please contact our Membership Administrator Jess Kirkby for more information, or visit this page of our website.


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