Artspan sits down with
Your work reminds me almost of film stills…the sense
that you’re glimpsing one moment of a story, and it will continue in
another scene elsewhere. This is heightened by the fact that we
often see the back of the figure and they’re on the phone…making
them more cut off from the viewer, but connected to whomever they’re
talking to. Do you think of your images in terms of characters and
stories? Do you ever know the subjects of your work? Do you choose
subjects who fit your particular palette, or do you alter their
appearance to make them fit into your vision?
The Unexpected Text
My work originates with shots taken as I walk around
the city. Characters and narrative subsequently evolve in the
digital editing and painting process rather than being pre-planned.
In most instances the subjects are unknown although my partner has
featured in several works and as a reference/model in many others.
In the Shadows
is distinctive; I’ve never seen anything quite like it! Which
artists have influenced your work? Did you attend art school, or is
this a process you developed on your own? Can you describe your
process from conception to completion?
I did not attend art
school – I have however benefited from my partner
Consequently my style has emerged over a period of years. I am not
sure any artists have influenced my work but I am aware of and enjoy
many different areas of the visual arts.
The Phone Call
I see you worked in the music industry. Does music
inform your work in terms of style, technique, pattern? Do you
listen to music as you paint, and if so, what music?
While music does not play a particular part in my work process (I
listen to BBC Radio 4) film and television do play an important
role. My earlier creative background includes a film script signed
to a London production company.
I love the sense of space in your work. Although it
has an almost noonday flatness, it has still has great depth…you
capture beautifully the urban sense of layers and pockets of life.
How do you create this sense of space?
Sense of space is created using a highly contrasting palette – I am
drawn to subjects which allow me to develop this fully.
Artspan Work of the
Week: The Unexpected Text by Roger Aslin
April 10, 2015
practice explores two key areas – the figure and the urban
environment – and is influenced by my continuing interest in film
and television. Content/subject matter is drawn from observations of
city life – usually London, occasionally other countries/cities. I
am particularly interested in how people interact with the
contemporary environment, and how often they seem oblivious to the
world around them. Urban life is shown in dramatic colour and shade
against an environment where technology is ever present, even if
hidden from view. ‘The Unexpected Text’ shows a woman who is totally
focussed on the phone in her hand, seemingly unaware of her
surroundings, despite being on a very busy and crowded concourse.
Roger Aslin, 2015.
2016 Shortlist Announcement
Roger Aslin, Southbank (Night)
Roger Aslin - Just Art Competition 2014 Entry
This is my entry in the Just Art Competition for
Legal Support Trust because I believe in access to justice.
The London Legal Support Trust (LLST) and Arts for
Justice (AJF) Exhibition 2014 are showcasing 70 innovative works of
art. The exhibition will feature a wide variety of styles and
approaches and will be held at La Galleria, near the National
Gallery in Trafalgar Square. You can visit the gallery and the
exhibition for free during the day from Monday 29th September to
Friday 3rd October or attend one of the ticketed evening events as
below. For both please visit the website at http://londonlegalsupporttrust.org.uk/our-events/just-art-2014/
Private View - meet the artists before the official
Monday 29th September 2014
Exhibition Opening Event
Tuesday 30th September 2014
Exhibition Award Ceremony
Thursday 2nd October 2014
Urban Dispossessed: Beyond Sun Street - 57: My work
explores two key areas – the figure and the urban environment.
Current work includes a series of paintings under the ‘Urban Series’
strand which derives from my observations, usually around London.
The subject matter may vary but I am often drawn to the hidden
aspects of life in the city. ‘Urban Dispossessed: Beyond Sun
Street’ is a result of a visit to the city where the dividing line
between the homeless and the affluent is often very finely cast.
This painting clearly shows how these two worlds co-exist side by
Please vote for my entry to win the People’s Choice
Award by texting 'ROGE53' and the donation amount to 70070 (e.g. to
vote and donate £2 then you would text the phone number 70070 with
the words: ROGE53£2) to be announced on the 2nd October 2014.
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