MEET MODERN MUSE: PAUL BINKS

Passionate and positive, Paul Binks has evolved into an experimental artist, discover his journey!

Meet Modern Muse is inspired by The Proust Questionnaire. Proust Questionnaire originated in a parlor game popularised (though not devised) by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, who believed that, in answering these questions, an individual reveals his or her true nature 

 

Short & Sweet...

Describe yourself in one word... Passionate

Describe your art in three words... Bold, reflective and emotive

What is a “Muse” for you? Probably that feeling that you don't know what it is yet Someone who awaking an inner desire to create and capture

 

If I was, I would be...

If I was a historical period in art.. Post-war London

If I was a colour... Flesh Pink

If I was a place... Paris, France

If I was a feeling... Tenderless

If I was an animal... Dog

If I was a pencil or a brush... Brush

If I want to escape I go.... Tate, Liverpool

If I could speak with... Francis Bacon about what he was thinking about whilst painting “Three Studies for a Crucifixion"

 

In more detail...

Where are you from?

Liverpool

 

What is the arts community like there?

Liverpool obviously is known worldwide for its music. But the city has a great art culture. Liverpool has two great galleries, the Tate and the Walker. However, there is a great local art scene and great art stores. There is something always to look and think about

 

Has where you come from shaped who you are as an artist today?

Yes, there is loads of talented artists here. The industrial feel of the city has an inspiration effect on me

 

Where do you live now?

Liverpool

 

When did you start to think about yourself as an artist?

Very recently. I feel young in the art world.

 

What is something you do every day?

Drink a pot of tea

 

Where does your inspiration come from?

Love and nature

 

What is your starting point when looking at a blank canvas?

To abandon my original idea of the painting and learn to embrace where the painting wants to go

 

Tell us a secret about one of your works?

I have a mirror to the back of me when I paint. I occasionally do a quick turn around to look at myself. I use this quick motion to sometimes assist with the next brushstroke

 

What is your most treasured possession?

My two dachshunds: Pablo & Jasper

 

Who are your Muse(s) in real life?

My love

 

Who is your hero or heroine of fiction?

Anna Calvi

 

What Art Gallery do you love?

Alberto Giacometti in Paris is my favourite

 

What is the best exhibition you have seen in the last year?

Tracy Emin and Edvard Munch, The Loneliness of the Soul, at Royal Academy of Arts via YouTube

 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

Keep trying and experiment

 

 What wouldn’t you do without?

My family, my love and colour

 

If you could own a work by 3 different artists, who would be in your collection?

Three Studies for a Crucifixion by Francis Bacon, The Visit by Willem de Kooning and Harmony in red by Henri Matisse 

 

What is your motto?

“If you can talk about it, why paint it?" by Francis Bacon

 

March 19, 2021
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