About the Artist

Working out of Ayrshire on the West Coast of Scotland, Drew Cochrane is a young artist and graduate of the Glasgow School of Art.

 

Having studied Sculpture at the Glasgow School of Art he then switched his art practice to painting after graduating in order to explore new possibilities, ideas and methods of working.

 

 

Following is a short interview with Drew as of May 2014.

 

 



 

Please Give Us A Few Words Of Introduction About Yourself

My name is Drew Cochrane, I live and work on the West Coast of Scotland.

 


How And When Did You Start Out As A Painter?

I started painting when I was 15. Returning to school after missing 4 years of
education and social development due to M.E. At that point art work seemed to
be the only thing I could produce well.

 


What Training Did You Have?

At 17 I was unconditionally accepted into the Glasgow School of Art, originally
intending to study Environmental Art in an Andy Goldsworthy vein. After realising
that the Schools definition of Environmental Art and mine differed greatly I quickly
moved to Sculpture in which I graduated in 2009.

 

What Has Been Your Best Creative Achievement So Far?

Exhibiting at the Paisley International Art Show was quite a big one, thanks to
Sandy Murphy for helping me out with that one, was quite an experience.

 

Who Is Your Favourite Artist?

Living, Andy Goldsworthy. In my opinion one of the best sculptors i've ever come across.
Making ephemeral work which usually only surives for a few hours for no other purpose
than to be visually striking or beutiful speaks to me about what the nature of art should be.
Dead, Salvador Dali, anyone who pisses on a painting presented
to them by Andy Warhol deserves to live forever in our minds.

 

What Are You Aiming For?

I want my work to earn a place in lasting memory.

 

How Will You Get There?

I don’t know yet, maybe by combining the existing elements of my work into a coherent message,
maybe something else entirely, if I don’t know, I can’t know, yet.

 

Is Anything Holding You Back?

Time, experience, opportunity, fear. Any or all of these.

 

What Sort Of Reactions Do You Get To Your Work? Are You Ever Surprised?

People react to my work in ways I can never predict. People close to me notice slight imperfections,
others seem to be bemused by the subject matter I choose. I think this makes sense in a way, those
who know me are aware of my commitment to a vision, which incidentally comes from my own mind and not
reality as it is generally seen, I think it would be very difficult for everyone to just 'get it' without
my work being entirely two dimensional, so in a way, every new perspective people give me on my work gives
it another little bit of depth.

 

From Start To Finish, How Long Does It Take For You To Create Your Work?

An image or idea can take minutes or hours, it can take months for me to take that image or idea
out of my sketchbook, into my mind and onto a canvas. However, from when I start putting paint
to canvas and when I down brushes can be anywhere from a few hours to a few months.

 

What Music Do You Like To Listen To When You Work?

Im using a 5 CD changer just now, at the minute containing Godhead - Power Tool Stigmata, Rob Zombie - Educated Horses,
Queens of the Stone Age - Like Clockwork, Placebo - Placebo and Jonathon Davis and the SFA.

 

What Is Next In The Pipeline For You? Any New Directions Or Shows Coming Up?

Longer nights means more studio time, at the minute im working on about 4 different paintings
and im hoping to start a litte blog or something to follow the process, but i'll see how that goes.

 


Who (Living Or Dead) Inspires You? And Why?

Christopher McCandless, he’s very well documented these days, look him up. To me, anyone that
dedicated and lost his life to his vision is worth remembering until the end of time.

 


What Feelings, Subjects Or Concepts Inspire You As A Painter?

Night time interests me greatly. The colours I love to use all seem to be geared towards a
pallet you can see when looking at the world at night, moonlight, streetlight, firelight.
The world is far move visually interesting when the sun goes down.

 

What Is Your Favourite Work That You’ve Produced So Far And Why?

A work called ‘Siena 1′, I loved it, at the time I wanted to keep it, but I knew it was my
best work and it ended up selling. The one bit of painting I can’t quite get to grips with is
giving up the work itself, never knowing where it ends up, on who’s wall, in what type of house,
being seen by who every day.