Paul Day [paulday]
What do you do? How do you define yourself as an artist?
Artist, illustrator, painter, creator of pictures and images.
What is your message?
Don't let others tell you how to think (but thats only a suggestion).
Your biography in four lines.
I came into existence.
Various stuff, some mundane, some extraordinary has been experienced.
I produced some artwork.
At some point, presumably, i will cease to exist, at least, in the form of this current entity but possibly altogether in any form.
Do you upload your work to the web? If so, where could we see it?
you can also see my work at:
How is an idea born? For you, what is inspiration?
Experiences, memories, places, feelings, anything and everything in life can be an inspiration.
What is art?
Anything can be art - if the person that made has the right credentials.
When do you get your best ideas?
Usually just when i'm trying to get some sleep.
How do you evaluate whether an idea is good or not?
If an idea persists it is generally worth following up. I can have ideas floating around in my head for years, almost like a period of gestation, before i get around to turning them into pictures.
Three creative ideas that you would have liked to have created?
Fire, Beer and guitar solos.
When and how did you begin to see yourself as an artist?
I have drawn and painted for as long as i can remember. I began to take the idea of being an artist more seriously around the time when i realised that not many other activities seemed as meaningful or worthwhile to me.
Why do so many artists and creators have such volatile personalities?
Is it because people are always asking them bloody stupid questions?
Do you consider yourself postmodern?
I consider myself neo-post-futurist-antiquarian.
How should a work of art be evaluated?
On, how and whether the viewer is moved by it.
Must an artist reinvent him/herself everyday?
I think it is mostly evolution rather than reinvention.
Which artists do you admire and how do they influence your work?
I'm not sure who influences my work and to what extent but there are loads of artists that i admire. Mucha, Escher, Dali, Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Roger Dean, Derek Riggs... to name a few.
What do you think about public funding for the arts?
A nice idea in theory but most of the funding seems to be wasted on old tosh which the public weren't consulted about, aren't interested in and don't like.
Is art necessary?
Is art ever really necassary?
Does it pain you to let go of a piece you have sold?
Its like releasing an animal back into the wild, kind of sad but also satisfying.
Is a work of art purchased, or is it better said, that it is the artist who is bought?
Both can be true but unfortunately quite a lot of purchases are based on the name attached to the work, for the sake of keeping up with fashion or a perceived investment value.
In art, there is no guide. How do you know what the next step is?
Art is like life you just have to make it all up as you go along.
How do you feel about the fact that the pieces exhibited in contemporary art museums are often of artists already deceased?
I'll be a bit irritated if i have to die before anyone looks at my work.
What role have the figures of art dealer, gallery owners, representatives, and intermediaries in general played in your career?
Angel and devil in equal measure. Some are snakes and some are ladders.
What types of jobs do you usually do?
Whatever i can get.
Which of your jobs or tasks do you most enjoy?
Jobs where i get to do things i like and find interesting, especially if i get paid.
Do you personally collect any items?
I don't make a conscious effort to collect things.
Which websites do you frequently visit?
Don't really have any regular favourites.
What advice would you give to those just beginning?
Don't let the bastards grind you down.