Over the next coming Sundays I shall be posting my own artist interviews with some of my favourite people who reside in this multitalented world of art… Today we have the lovely Stef Butler from ”Agni Prasada Burning” to answer a few questions… over to you Stef!
First of all, who are you?
Hi there. I’m Stef, the heart and soul (and admin and coffee slave) behind Agni Prasada Burning. I have been burning for over 12 years, but only felt I had achieved a good enough standard to make it my full time job last year. I live in Shropshire with my wonderful husband and a pack of crazy beautiful cats!
When you were asked (all those years ago!), “what do you want to be when you grow up?” What did you answer?
When I was really small, a Forensic Scientist! I loved the idea of cutting up bodies. I find it all fascinating. I actually have a geology degree and wanted to do environmental conservation!
What is the funniest thing as an artist that has ever happened to you?
I get a LOT of weird requests, including “can you do a burning of a dolphin and a hedgehog in love”. But I have actually been recognised in the street on more than one occasion and that really odd! Someone excitedly galloped over to me at the Great British Beer Festival a few years ago and was very excited to meet me. I think it was the first time I felt like a real artists.
What is the hardest part of being creative?
Working hard at coming up with new concepts only to have someone “borrow” your ideas. It feels like a constant uphill struggle to remain original and rise above the competition.
What advice would you give to an artist just starting out?
Work on your own concepts and ideas, practice your own style and grow your brand. Make it entirely you, because people want to feel like they are buying a piece of the artist.
What subjects inspire you?
I am really into horror films and books! I always have been since I was really young, so the weird stuff is just there in my bones. I am also really interested in nature and am lucky enough to live in the gorgeous rolling Shropshire countryside, so that really inspires me every day.
Who are the 3 greatest living artists in your opinion? (they don’t have to be famous!)
I am lucky enough to have a lot of amazing artists in my life who have helped and inspired me over the last few years. So even though there are lots of amazing artists that I could reference, I am going to credit the people who have helped, and supported me in my own art adventure
Sam Cannon! I adore her, she is wonderful and a constant inspiration to me, her hares are perfection and she is an wonderful advocate for nature!
Cara Trinder of Hysteria Machine. Her work is utterly amazing and she has helped me in more ways than I could ever describe. A totally wonderful human with creativity I could only dream of.
Russ Barlow of Fintyke Art. He has a way of creating emotion that I could never do. I have 2 of his pieces on my wall and if there was a fire, I would grab them first!!!
Who are the 3 greatest dead artists in your opinion?
David Bowie will eternally be a loss to me. He was my first real “crush” and I have loved him since I was about 6 years old. His ever evolving style really speaks to me and I can only reach for those levels of confidence and strength. A true inspiration.
My favourite artist of all time is Edward Burne Jones. I think he conveyed emotion in ways that made him stand out from the Pre-Raphaelite crowd. There is a movement and texture used in his works that I find really inspiring.
Rik Mayal. Rik was a performer that makes me happy every day. I was introduced to him by my cousin who adored him and I feel like he is a big part of my childhood. The same cousin was an amazing artist and performer and her inspiration and support was really important to me.
What is your favourite work of art you have ever produced?
Favourite piece of art is “The Oracle”. I am lucky enough to have this piece up in my hallway and I feel like I captures the movement of the smoke and the feel of the piece really well *proud*.
What was the last piece of art you sold?
The last large piece I sold was Last Breath.
What’s the best type of cheese? (haha)
CHEDDAR! The stronger the better <3.