Meet the artist... Alex Urie
What was the inspiration behind the piece(s) in not just a shop?
My work in not just a shop come from a series of paintings dealing with intermediate spaces – they take prompts from film stills and cartoon landscapes. I am interested in the fixtures and furniture of a painting; the props and the background figures.
Who has influenced your work the most?
Michael Bauer’s early work was important in approaching a stretched canvas like a dumping ground for everyday debris, surplus parts and byproducts. Recently I have been following the work of Gerasimos Floratos, a painter working with skulking cartoon figuration and layered imagery.
When did you know that you want to pursue a career as an artist?
Art is something that I’ve been interested in since I was young. After completing my BA, I spent several years away from the art world, travelling and working in other jobs, before returning to it with a new focus.
What do you want viewers to take away from your work?
I want viewers of my work to approach the paintings almost like salvaged grounds. To engage with the surface of the paintings, and perhaps begin to wonder about a broader painted landscape.
What three things are essential to your practice?
Process, provisionality and prepared surface.
What is the most inspiring place or exhibition you’ve been to in London?
Being out on the streets, travelling through the city, clocking bits of architecture, car design and road debris can be inspiring. I finally made it to the Hunterian museum last year, it was fascinating!