Artist Q&A with Adam Paddon

Artist Q&A with Adam Paddon

Who or what has most influenced your artistic journey?

Having worked in the foundry industry for nearly twenty years now I feel like my passion for the making process and understanding of the technicalities involved in working in bronze naturally steered me to make my own work. 

Why are you drawn to your particular creative medium?

As I am able to work on every stage of a bronze casting instead of outsourcing it I feel like I really enjoy finding new ways of incorporating the various technical tasks into the actual creative process.

What is your favourite time of day to create?

I do my best work when I’m up against the clock; not so much a time of day but more when I know the job needs doing… too much time for me on a project just leads to procrastination. That being said I’m definitely a night owl, (maybe not through choice with 2 small kids at home!)

Is there a subject you would love to depict in bronze, but haven’t yet?

I feel like as I’m getting to grips with what’s possible with my working method I’m certainly leaning towards more intricate and technically challenging forms.  I’d like to push the idea of scale in my work too and my working methods favour this. Something to make passers by stop in their tracks and think that’s big and a bit wacky!

What's the best piece of artistic advice you have been given?

“Design is like constipation, it is tight and constrained. Art is like diarrhoea… it just flows” - Mr Johnson, my GCSE Art teacher. Or “if someone asks you to do something just say yes and worry about how you’ll do it later”

 

Check out Adam's collection of bronze sculpture on our online gallery.

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