Daniel Lumbini is just about to host a joint exhibition at the Rook & Raven gallery alongside Dale Marshall. Together the genre defying artists will be showing their works as part of the Coast to Coast exhibition which will showcase both artists distinct styles.
Ahead of the shows opening on 21st September we caught up with Lumbini for a quick chat…
Where do you live? North London
Tell us about yourself? I’m an artist, curator and writer, originally from Essex. I paint quirky looking portraits using everything from bubblegum to sim cards and anything else that will stick to a picture.
When did you first realise you had a talent? I guess maybe I have a talent for convincing others the mess I just made is nice, so probably when galleries started showing my work, a few years ago.
What inspires you? Living in the city. Looking at what other artists are doing. Then stealing what other artists are doing.
What are the tools of your trade? I love real manly tools like power sanders and wood planes, so I work with them as much as possible; anything that can peel the surface of a painting off. I also use a lot of solvents, oils, screen prints or collage. Seriously, anything that will stick on a canvas, but mostly anything that will unstick something that I’ve stuck on a canvas.
How did you learn your craft? Mostly by getting annoyed when something didn’t work out. Out of frustration I’ll probably end up wrecking the pretty image I’ve been trying to paint, but the mess that comes about is often much more interesting and visceral. If I try to paint ‘all messy and cool’ however, it usually turns out rubbish; it has to be a genuine ‘angry accident’.
Do you have any notable fans? I have no idea who is buying my work most of the time to be honest, but they’d all be worth a note if I knew.
Tell us a fact about you that no one knows… I don’t like painting, it makes me all antsy, but I can’t stop doing it!
What else do you have coming up in 2012? Rest. I’m full on sick of painting now so will take the year off and see what comes up in 2013…