New Voice Project journalists Louie Wittner and Rachel Poels sat with York born creative Colin Watts and discussed his take on art, inspiration and expression.
Rachel: “Why is art important to you and what do you value about it?”
Colin: “To me, art is the experience of creation. It’s thrilling and exciting, and there has to be a love of creativity involved, other wise you’re in trouble.”
Louie: How long have you been doing art and why did you start?
Colin: “‘I started at the age of four and have never stopped since. To me, art is the feeling of excitement and passion and I have experienced this since a young age. I started at the age of four and have never stopped since.”
Rachel: “Who or what inspires you and your art?”
Colin: “Two of my biggest inspirations are Van Gogh and David Hockney, however I enjoy a wide range of art forms.”
Louie: “Where do you want to be in the future?”
Colin: ”I want to be as famous as Van Gogh or Hockney in the future but I believe you can’t get anywhere if you don’t try.”
Rachel: “Why do you think art is important to society?”
Colin: ”The experience of art depends on the individual, but to me it is interesting and stimulating and a way to make a boring empty wall more interesting. It is a basic human need to express yourself.”
Louie: “What is the inspiration for the dollar bills featured in your art?”
Colin: ”The idea was to tell a story about life and winning the lottery. The reason its so colourful is because if you win big money you have a colourful life; for this reason I did the original in glitter, just like how I think you would feel if you won the lottery.”