In our latest blog featuring North East artists we talk to the multi-talented Alfie Joey. Alfie, 50, is a writer, stand-up comic, impressionist, singer and breakfast time presenter on Radio Newcastle. Here Alfie talks about his artwork and how he is inspired to paint and draw.
How would you describe your work?
Caricature and local heritage pictures.
Tell us how you first started out as an artist:
I drew a picture of Winston Churchill at infant school and I was told by Mrs. Derby I had to show it to the headteacher Mr. Smith who was more than encouraging!
What work are you most proud of?
The first chalk and charcoal sketch I sold was called Jam Sandwiches- it is 3 coal miners eating bait down the pit.
What inspires you?
My art hero is the legendary Broadway cartoonist Al Hirschfeld.
What influence if any does North East England have in inspiring your work?
The North East is littered with gorgeous landmarks that lend themselves to art work!
What has been your most challenging piece?
I had 2 days to draw a very busy cartoon cover of NE1 Magazine.
Do you have any tips for up and coming artist?
There are endless tips and teachers for free on YouTube and Instagram.
What other artists inspire you!?
Locally, Alexander Millar, Ben Holland and of course, Norman Cornish!
What are your ambitions for the future?
To have my children’s picture books published.
My work is on display and for sale at the North East Art Collective in Eldon Garden, Newcastle and from August, Spennymoor Town Hall, County Durham.
See more of Alfie’s work on Instagram and Facebook: