This September sees the arrival of new art at The Pilgrm. We’re very excited to be teaming up with London-based artist Marcus Aitken, who will be creating a selection of brand new pieces to showcase in our space. We spoke to Marcus ahead of the new exhibition to find out a bit more about his processes and the story behind his craft, plus some travel inspiration, reading material, and a bit of advice for budding creatives.

What kicked off your journey into art?
I have always focused on being as creative as possible in everything I do, for as long as I can remember. I had a side hustle when I was growing up making and selling pop art portraits of my friends and their parents, which actually taught me a lot about the process from start to finish. My practice has gone in all sorts of directions since then from graphic design, film, sculpture, jewellery design and now back to painting again, but with a very different spin. My mum definitely instilled a creative drive in me having grown up watching her paint and write poetry.

How would you describe your style?
Process, process, process, process, process.

Biggest source of inspiration?
Everything! It’s hard not to be influenced by your daily surroundings. A big part and constant in my process is music. Many of the names I give my pieces are named after the music I was listening to whilst creating them. It also provides me with the tempo to create each piece at, which I hope comes through to the end product.

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