Shape Open 2014 exhibiting artist Andy Wild talks to Shape about his work, current and future

How would you describe your work? 
I am interested in how you can express your life in art, from how you see things to how you feel about things. I use different media to do this, from paintings to MRI scans.

What would you say are your main influences and inspirations?
My main influence was illness. When I was diagnosed with a life threatening disease I sat down and made a list of the things that I would like to do that I had never done before, and painting was on that list. So I started to paint. Since then I have moved on to use different media, from MRI scans to glass heads, but I still love to paint.

How would you like people to respond to your work?
My aim with my artwork is to get my feelings down in a physical form that others may respond to. If my work makes someone pause and think or feel something, then I am happy.

What are you working on next?
Currently I am painting big, bold, bright paintings using acrylic paint on canvas. As a starting point, I face a blank canvas with some idea of the forms and colours I want to use on that day. On some days I may have an idea of what I want the painting to be about and on other days the emotions are intangible but the artwork is always about mixing forms, feelings and colours to arrive an artwork that expresses my emotions over a period of time.

Find out more about Andy and his work by watching this short video: