Mick Hutchings (b.1962 Kent). Mick lives and works in The Medway Towns. He completed his foundation at Maidstone College of Art in 1985, studied at Goldsmith University College 1986-1990 and graduated with a fine art degree. Mick worked for a number of years as a lecturer at Maidstone College of Art but now concentrates on his studio practice full time. He has work in numerous private collections in the UK, Europe, Australia and the US.
The Importance of Collage
Being conscious of the fact that artists are usually at their least insightful when it comes to them talking about their own work, I’ll try to keep to the essentials. My work grows out of a response to what surrounds me in everyday life, that’s true however removed the subject eventually becomes from the final piece. Collage as a process is central to my creative practice, I love its simplicity and its potential to be such a rich language. Playing with colour is a constant joy and surprise, its discordants just as much as its harmonies.
Working for me has to be an organic process of trial-and-error improvisation acting as a means to bypass one’s ego and allow the unexpected to happen, collage nearly always playing a central role in this. Finally, striving to maintain a playfulness underlies the whole creative