Alexander Jackson

Why did you choose to be an artist/designer?

I’ve always enjoyed making art and being creative so there wasn’t really ever a time when I didn’t want to be an artist

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What medium do you work in?

I still experiment a lot but mostly I draw by hand in pencil, ink, pastille, charcoal etc. Whatever medium I think will best suit the subject that I’m trying to draw. I then add colours and textures digitally

What's your background, have you always been an artist/designer?

I’d say I’ve always been an artist but I’ve worked in a lot of different jobs on the side as well as being involved in various projects as a musician, also work on amateur films and I’ve written a children’s book- although the latter very much ties into my illustration work.


How has your practice changed over time?

I always enjoyed being creative and making art growing up. I wouldn’t say I had very much confidence in my communication or expressing myself back then but art was one of the things that I appeared to excel in so found it to be an effective outlet and was able to grow in confidence by expressing myself visually.


How and when did you started creating?

I always enjoyed being creative and making art growing up. I wouldn’t say I had very much confidence in my communication or expressing myself back then but art was one of the things that I appeared to excel in so found it to be an effective outlet and was able to grow in confidence by expressing myself visually.


How would you describe your creations?

I would describe my creations for the most part as being playful and somewhat humorous. I like deadpan humour. Also irony and satire. I try to have that carry across in the work that I create. I often hear the terms ‘cutesy’ and ‘caricature’ which are terms that I prefer to avoid but for the sake of clarification I suppose that could be used to describe some of the work that I do.


What inspires you?

Pop culture themes appear quite frequently in my work. Aside from visual art I feel a strong connection with music and film. Lately though I’ve been really keen on finding striking visuals in nature and in architecture. I think it might be from spending so much time indoors this year that I miss going out. Mostly my inspiration comes from breaking things down to their basic components- colour palette, shapes and composition. Those are the things that really stand out to me and are the foundation of the artworks that I create


Where do you show / sell your art? At the moment my main source for showing/selling my art is SDX although previously I’ve sold and exhibited works at events all over the country. I also sell products on various online platforms. Unfortunately, due to coronavirus a lot of really exciting opportunities including exhibitions and big events were cancelled for me this year which was very disappointing. However, I’m hopeful for the future and look forward to a time when it will be safe to take part in those kinds of events again.


Do you think art can have an impact in the local community?

I do absolutely think that art can have an impact on the local community. One of my favourite things about travel is exploring what a place has to offer in terms of architecture, cuisine, music scene and the art scene. I think that it’s important to embrace all of those elements in your local community because it’s the heart and soul of the community and gives members of that community a sense of pride, as well as help it to stand out as a tourist hotspot.


Who are your biggest influences?

My biggest influences in art are Jean-Michael Basquait, Ralph Steadman, Saul Bass and hundreds of lesser known current artists whose work pops up on my Instagram feed each day.


Which current art do you think is having an impact in the world right now?

As much as I hate to say it memes seem to be most people’s preferred way of engaging with visual content. Whether or not that can be classed as an art form is arguable and would be a whole topic on its own though.


What difference has working with SDX made to your business?

Having a place like SDX has in general been a massive help financially and has helped my work to find an audience that it otherwise would not have reached. However, one of the other more valuable things that stands out particularly is the feedback based on which products turn out to be more or less popular. I seem to have a poor gauge on what types of things people engage with and some of the things that I create that I don’t really expect to be too popular end up being very well received and vice versa. The feedback I receive helps me to decide what kinds of things I do that people enjoy, helping to shape the future projects that I take on.

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