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Q&A with Val Bishop, computer artist on show at Ilminster
2:25pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in What's On
VAL Bishop’s unique computer-generated art is currently on show at Ilminster Arts Centre.
News arts correspondent Daisy Blacklock caught up with the 32-year-old Taunton artist to find out more.
- Your art style is really different – how did it come about?
“It started off as a bit of a fluke, really. I was quite unwell about three years ago, having radiotherapy, and off work feeling miserable, when somebody gave me a design programme for a computer for my birthday.
“I started playing around with it and found I really enjoyed it.”
- What do you aim to do in your art?
“I’ve always loved words and pictures, so I combine them by taking quotes and building images around them.
“I’m completely self-taught.”
- How did you find your style?
“Certainly at the beginning my images were far simpler and very shape driven.
“I wonder whether that comes from doing art at school, where you start off with geometric shapes, from which you build your picture.”
- What does creating art mean to you?
“It’s lovely. I work full-time managing a charity, and being creative is a big part of who I am, and now I’ve found this vehicle to do that.”
- Val and painter Chris Ackerman’s artwork is hanging at the Meeting House until Saturday.
Opening times are Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm, and 9.30am to 2.30pm on Saturdays.