Interview with Felix Treadwell (artist)

Published Oct, 2015

Felix Treadwell, what is your practice?

My practice is mostly painting in acrylic. My work deals with the implications of the impact of Internet Culture with today’s young generations, and the way it has reshaped the interactions and relationships between the East and West. I want to explore ideas around the ever more blurring distinction between cultures; with media and information becoming both faster and increasingly accessible, to question whether this is a positive of negative step in the modern day.

What is your background?

I was born in 1992, and grew up near Brighton and attended an art foundation course at Brighton City College in 2011. In 2012, I moved onto A BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at Camberwell College of Arts, London. In 2013,I was accepted to study an exchange program for 7 months at Kyoto Seika University and this year I completed my degree at Camberwell in June 2015. I now live and work in London.

What I take from my childhood is memories of vulnerability, having trouble socialising and feeling sometimes isolated. Growing up in the ’90’s, my generation was subject to a huge wave of Japanese media, where all the kids became obsessive and crazy about. Ever since, the curiosity of looking outside of the Western world for inspiration has stayed with me.

What are you currently working on now?

I’m currently working on a painting of a girl with a blanket. It is hard to give any more details. Usually for me it only makes sense until its finished.

Why are you an artist?

I suppose it gives me freedom and allows me to construct my own world and play a god-like figure in it.

What is your favourite art book? And why?

Hard to say, but I recently read ‘Ants Have Sex In Your Beer’ by David Shrigley so I’ll say that. It was very amusing and my sort of humour. Anything he does is usually funny.

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