Meet the artist... Frederic Anderson
Frederic Anderson portrait

What was the inspiration behind the piece(s) in not just a shop?

I was thinking about the idea of an irrepressible expansion countered by an equally powerful and opposing constraining force. I suppose this connected with the idea of a firecracker in the sense of its one intense and unique moment of expression sandwiched between two relatively inert states – before and after the explosion.

Who has influenced your work the most?  

For several years I’ve been influenced by Alberto Giacometti and Frank Auerbach, primarily because they worked/work from life. I’m now looking at a much more diverse set of artists, including Christopher Wool, David Ostrowski, Roni Horn, Julie Meheretu and Albert Oehlen, which makes for a rather strange cocktail.

Frederic Anderson in the studio

When did you know that you wanted to pursue an artist career?

It bit me once and for all during a life drawing class, when I realised that drawing is impossible and that I’ll never manage to do it.

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

My work is intentionally very open, it’s not trying to tell a story or be didactic in any way. There are elements tied up in it that mean things to me but these aren’t explicit at all. What people take from the work depends on what they bring to it, and that’s fine.

Frederic Anderson studio

What three things are essential to your practice?

Not having a conventional ‘subject’ to my work makes that a difficult question to answer, especially at the moment. I would say the practice of drawing from life, but I’m actually moving away from that now. Ask me again in a year maybe…

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

Rather than any particular place or event, I’m drawing the most energy from the series of on-going conversations I’m having with a range of different artists. These take place at both at their studios and around town, at PVs and exhibitions. There is some great work being made in London at the moment, and some very interesting conversations to be had.