GALLERY ARTIST INTERVIEW: E.R. Whittingham

How old are you?
I’m 27.

What is the primary medium you work in?
I mainly work in acrylics but I also use Copics.

What is your favorite medium to work in?
Acrylics – they’re affordable, easy to use, dry quickly and are bold in colour.

What is one medium that you would love to learn?
I used to want to be able to be good at as many artistic mediums as possible but sadly, there’s only so much patience (and budget) I have. If I were to pick one, I would love to get better at sculpting. I do miss it.

What is your favorite subject matter?
Anything on the spooky side. So naturally, this is a really good time of the year for me!

Can you tell us about your art style/company/brand?
I think the best way to describe my art is if the Haunted Mansion escaped and took over the rest of the Disney parks. I call it “whimsically gothic” and it derives from some of my favourite things – classic Disney movies and the parks (the villains and Haunted Mansion especially), tattoo art, fairy tales and classic horror.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what are the three art supply items that you would have with you?
Pencil, sketchbook and eraser. I can carry it around and sketch things, and it can also function as writing stuff down – I’ll need at least one to-do list to help plan my escape from the island!

If you could time travel to experience any art movement firsthand, what would it be and why?
It would probably be the Pre-Raphaelite period as it’s one of my favourite art movements and the Victorian era has always fascinated me.

Can you tell us about the pieces you created for this gallery? 
I called the piece “TattoOuija” as it’s essentially a young woman with the Ouija board tattooed on her. A planchette has seemingly fused to her eye as she contacts the dead. Thinking about it, she’s probably a living Ouija board.

Are there any messages that you’re aiming to convey with the art you created for this gallery? 
Not really. Except maybe the messages printed on the Ouija board.

Would you like to share any stories/experiences/special memories that revolve around the theme of this gallery? 
I haven’t got any to tell, sadly. Unless a few premonitional dreams count?

Can you tell us about some of the other artwork/products you will have available during the gallery run? 
Of course! Every year, I create three bats for Halloween and my newest ones have just come out for the spooky season – Zombie Bat, Dracula Bat and Witch Bat! Along with past Halloween bats, they’re available as prints, stickers, button badges and some are available as tote bags. Though I think it’s fair to say almost all of my art and products are suitable for the spooky season…

Have you ever used a Ouija board? If so can you tell us about that experience? 
I haven’t, no. I must admit that aside from what they were and what they were used for, I wasn’t really familiar with the ins and outs of an Ouija board until researching ideas for this art show.

If you could use a Ouija board to speak to someone (anyone from your past or anyone that has ever existed), who would you speak to and why? 
Probably my late grandma to see how she’s doing. Plus, she was terrible with computers so seeing her trying to talk through an Ouija board would actually be really funny. Love you, Grandma!

If you were a ghost would you prank people using Ouija boards and how would you do so? 
I would totally love to be a ghost! Being able to float, go through walls and possess objects sounds like so much fun! I’d probably do more annoying pranks such as swapping things over though messing with an Ouija board to communicate silly messages should be funny.

Is Halloween your favorite holiday? 
Yes! I love spooky things so this is the perfect time for me in terms of art and buying home decor! Also, I think Halloween is the only holiday that can be appreciated any time of the year.

What is your favorite thing to do during the fall? 
It’s my favourite season so almost anything. But for autumn-specfic stuff – anything Halloween, (which is a given), autumnal baking and seeing the autumn leaves. Oh, and being able to wear my big sweaters, Doc Martens and jeans again!

Do you have any Fall/Halloween recommendations?
There are honestly so many things I could recommend but we’d be here all day otherwise. But currently in my head is the Headless Horseman song from Disney’s version of Sleepy Hollow.

Have you participated in the Artist Lodge Gallery before? 
I have! My first ever one was the online Floral Fauna Art Show at the start of this year. I created five pieces based on characters from “The Jungle Book”, which are now among some of my favourite pieces.

Where can readers find your work? 
Readers can find me on Instagram and Facebook, as well as my own website. I’ve also bitten the bullet and recently got TikTok. I’m not very active there but I’m trying my best.

Anything else you’d like to add?
Say it once, say it twice, third time’s the charm!


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