Ben Ashton

Gilded Birds, Gilded Birds, September 1, 2016

GB Tell me why you chose this.


BA It’s for practical reasons really, because it allows me to do what I do. It’s the most efficient way of removing paint from a surface once you’ve applied it. What a lot of people don’t know about oil painting, is that it’s more about taking paint off the surface a lot of the time, than it is about putting the paint on it. You apply it with a brush and the way you put it on is quite messy and then it’s how you sculpt it and shape it with your palm or fingers that will actually create the nuance in the figurative work. Artists have used the heel of the hand for centuries and the hand is also the first thing you use for painting as a child so it’s funny that at such a naïve level and such a high level it’s still the most practical thing to use.