Ones to Watch: Interview with Chloe Henson

Find out more about Chloe's work in our artist interview!

June 26th, 2020

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Your full name, and university course/year.

Chloe Henson 3rd year at Leeds Arts University.

Can you describe your work to us in 3 words?

Illustrative, emotional and playful!

What medium do you prefer to use?

I love to use ink with either a dip pen or a watercolour pen. I just think it is great how the ink seems to have a mind of its own.

What is the inspiration behind your work?

After moving to Leeds from the outskirts of Nottingham over two years ago to study my degree, I became fascinated by city life and the nuances of living in a place that feels like it is constantly moving. This is reflected in my work, as I often work with narratives that tend to be centred around new experiences and how these experiences often bring with them new emotions. I always purposefully use bright disarming colours, simplistic yet charming characters and different qualities of line to further communicate the subject and connect with the viewer.

During this uncertain time what will you do to occupy yourself?

I spend the majority of my time drawing anyway, but now I just have more of an excuse to stay inside and spend even more time drawing. It also might be cheesy to say, but the uncertainty of this time has made me more grateful of all the ‘small’ moments of happiness in everyday life.

Any books/ films/tv series that you’d recommend for anyone interested in art?

The Netflix show Abstract is an amazing series looking into the lives of many creatives in many different fields; would definitely recommend this to everyone even if they are not huge art fans.

What are your favourite Instagram accounts?

My favourite Instagram accounts have to be @amyhodkin a wonderful and expressive illustrator from Leeds, @charlotte.ager another wonderful illustrator with a talent for creating mood-full scenes and characters.

What is your dream project?

My dream project would either be a mural commission for a public space local to me (since I would love to make a mural that made peoples daily lives brighter) or an illustration commission from the magazine The New Yorker (since I admire so many of the illustrators that have been included in The New Yorker in the past, it would be truly amazing to join those ranks).

Find out more about Chloe’s work here

Read about our past exhibitions here.

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