As with all artists across the board, the issue of confidence in ability is always a tenuous thing, especially when young and starting out. Alex Hoare is just such a young talented artist, who is finding out exactly how much talent he really has, both with visual and performance art. Colin Hoare, Alex’s father was featured in our September October 2014 issue, and visited us here in Whangarei around the same time, bringing his twin sons, Alex and James to introduce them. It is with great pride and pleasure that we introduce our readers to Alex, his talents and his reflections.
The only formal training for art I’ve had was in classes at school. My art class in high school was the foundation for my understanding of art and made me excited to create; it gave me a really good baseline understanding of how to apply different materials and techniques to my work to create art that looked the way I wanted it to. I remember we would experiment with so many different mediums and just have fun with creating art and I think that’s still so important to my creative process now.
Being an artist simply means creating art and in this sense I guess I have always been an artist. I’ve always loved to draw and paint ever since I can remember. It really helps that my Dad has always been into art and, more recently, started to paint. I am so inspired watching him work and seeing him explore different styles. Growing up, my twin brother, James, and I would always paint and draw together – we were in the same art classes through school and loved it. Now he studies at Massey and does a lot of concept art and digital work for his degree and seeing his work is always motivating to me.