In the latest of our series of interviews with the winners in the 2016 competition, Andrew Slattery – 2nd place in Automotive Art – gives us his candid thoughts on his winning piece and airbrushing.
Sparmax (S): Please provide a brief background about yourself; including, when you started airbrushing and what the learning process was like?
Andrew (A): I am a graphic designer by day, airbrush artist by night. I started airbrushing as a hobby about 18 years ago but only started to do it more seriously about 5-8 years ago. I learnt to airbrush through Airbrush Venturi and found their teaching process very structured and effective (I believe that anyone can learn to airbrush, it’s not a talent that you are just “born with”).
S: Can you tell us a bit more about your work? How / why did you choose it? How long did it take, and what inspired you?
A: The “Sin Bin” was painted as a promotional vehicle for myself. It was designed to showcase the versatility you can get with an airbrush: Photo-realism, solid stencil style shapes, metallic & candy inks, matte clear etc. It seems to have worked, it’s not a subtle car and gets a bit of attention whenever I drive it.
S: What inspires you to continue airbrushing?
A: Long story short, i enjoy it! It’s challenging at times, but the satisfaction once you’ve finished a piece is a great feeling.
S: What are your goals / targets for airbrushing? What do you want to achieve?
A: A challenge I have given myself to is to be recognised in a major fine art prize (like the Archibald or Moran Prize). I love the fact that the airbrush isn’t generally considered as “Fine” art, and would love to challenge people’s perceptions on this by taking one of these out.
S: What does airbrushing mean to you?
A: It’s fun and a creative release for me. I can jump into the studio and airbrush a weekend away – no problems.
S: Any advice to beginners looking to start airbrushing?
A: Give yourself double the time you think it will originally take for you to complete the piece!! Learnt that the hard way more than once….