Meet the artist: Josh Crowe
Left: Josh Crowe portrait. Right: Painting by Josh Crowe
Josh Crowe is a fine artist whose work primarily consists of painting and video installations. He graduated from Wimbledon College of Art in 2016, with an undergraduate degree in Fine Art Painting.

What was the inspiration behind your pieces in not just a shop?

The inspiration for these pieces came from some old photographs I had taken, years before, of some friends while we were in Paris. I’ve always been interested in the relationship between memory and photography.  Photography has this ability to preserve time, but also colour it with pathos and nostalgia. These two paintings were part of a larger series, and the intention was to bring together a large number of images from a variety of sources, mixing my own memories with images collected from movies or the internet, blurring the line between truth and fiction.

Painting by Josh Crowe

Who has influenced your work the most?

My main influences (in no particular order) are: Luc Tuymans, Wilhelm Sasnal, Marlene Dumas, Gerhard Richter, John Baldessari, Edouard Manet, David Hockney and Cynthia Daignault.

When did you know that you want to pursue artist career?

Age 6. As soon as I realised being an astronaut wasn’t an option.

What do you want viewers to take away from your work?

I want viewers to experience my work in their own way and draw their own conclusions. If they just like the way it looks or the colours I used – that’s fantastic. If it makes them stop for 30 seconds and wonder why I painted what I painted – even better. However, for the most part, I try not to think about how I want to manipulate the viewer to feel a certain way with regards to my work.

What three things are essential to your practice?

  • Music – any kind will do. Right now I’m listening to Jeniffer Lara’s cover of ‘I Am In Love’
  • Time – I never have enough sadly
  • Paint – it took me a while to realise how much it’s worth investing in quality paints, but it really is.

What is the most inspiring place or exhibition you’ve been to in London?

Hands down, the best show I’ve seen recently was Jane Hayes Greenwood at Block 336, in Brixton. She put on an incredible show that was just so well put together she made me want to raise the bar in my own work.