Your work is very graphic and abstract in places.
I like to play with the abstractions of shapes and bodies. Quite often people will look it and they can’t see what’s going on for ages but obviously to me – because I’ve seen the original image – I can see it as what it is: two bodies engaging in sex. But other people will see strange things in it.
Are there any artists that really inspire you?
At the moment, I’m really enjoying Etel Adnan because of the simplicity of the forms, but there are so many influences. Growing up I absolutely loved Gary Hume for his big, flat areas of colour. One of my favourites is ‘Four Feet in the Garden’, which is the bottom of four people’s feet in a square and I just like the way that it’s depicting something real but it’s so abstract in its realisation. He was a big influence. I love the humour of Sarah Lucas. The fact that she talks about sex a lot and its quite often in a humorous way, and again in an unapologetic way, that a woman is quite capable of really enjoying sex, finding it funny, so I really like her take on depicting that.
Your big break came via Damien Hirst on Snapchat. What has he been like to work with?
He’s amazing, he’s been such a brilliant mentor. He was the one that encouraged me to work on a really big scale and that made the paintings so impactful. It was such good advice. He’s such a champion of my work, he absolutely loves it. He bought the entire first show that I did at Newport Street [his gallery] and he’s constantly asking to collect more.
Do you see a relationship between art and fashion?
I do absolutely love fashion, I’m often spending too much money on it. I’ve been talking to a brand about doing a collaboration next autumn. Hopefully, we’ll be doing a kimono and swimwear and things. I’m really excited about translating my images onto clothes.
And what about your style?
I’ve just bought a Simone Rocha dress. I’m really quite obsessed with colour and they’re usually really vibrant, so that’s what I go for. Even if I’m having a phone call, I still tend to dress up. I will always get dressed as if I’m not going to paint in the morning and then I’ll get here and change into overalls.