TOM ABBISS SMITH is an Illustration graduate from Norwich University Of The Arts, currently living in Norwich, UK.
Here's a short interview we did with him:
UHG: Tell us about yourself?
TAS: I am an Illustration graduate from Norwich University of the Arts who is an image maker interested in surface pattern/textile design and printmaking.
UHG: Where are you located?
TAS: I'm currently located in Norwich, UK.
UHG: Tell us about your artwork
TAS: My artwork consists mainly of abstract compositions exploring shape, colour, and texture in experimental methods. In all honesty, I'm not sure what it's all about, however, natural organic forms are a reoccurring theme in my piece, so I'd say that's the number one inspiration there. I occasionally make illustrative works as well, usually random things for the hell of it, but ultimately it's all about having fun!
UHG: What's your process for making your artwork?
TAS: I always start traditionally with my work. I like to experiment with various art materials to create my textures and patterns and then cut and tear paper for the shapes. Once I've got all of this done I scan it in and play about on Photoshop until I've got an outcome ready to be uploaded!
UHG: Why do you make art? What's your motivation/inspiration?
TAS: There's nothing more satisfying than being productive and actually creating something you're proud of. That's what keeps me going I think. All of my interests such as skating, nature, music, etc. connect to creativity and help me maintain my identity.
UHG: What challenges do you face in pursuing your art?
TAS: The challenge I face with my work is knowing that it's okay to chill sometimes. I feel guilty if I'm not doing something creative in my free time, and sometimes it can give me a fat headache!
UHG: What are your working on at the moment?
TAS: I'm currently just working on my own stuff whilst waiting for any creative opportunities to arise. I have my first solo exhibition at the Playhouse Bar in the city soon, so I'm concentrating mainly on that whilst working on some collaborations with different artists I follow.
UHG: How do you describe your studio/working environment?
TAS: Right now it's in my small living room on a wonky table, whilst destroying the bathtub with ink and spray paint when I need to get a bit messy!
UHG: Any projects you would like to do in the future?
TAS: I'd love to get involved with more fashion orientated projects as I think this is the industry my work fits into best. A textiles MA is a possibility in the future, but I'm still unsure for now.
UHG: Any favorite artists?
TAS: There are too many great artists/studios out there, but some favourites are the great Matisse, Atelier Bingo, Nous Vous, Antti Kekki, Charlie Coatney, Bilos and Sarah Fennell.
UHG: Any advice for young artists? or what's the best advice ever given to you?
TAS: My advice would be to stay true to what you're actually interested in doing and believe in your work, don't undersell yourself either because that's not fair on the culture.