SlamxHype recently caught up with Candice Tripp. The South African-born artist shares her love of curry, fashion design and Antony Micallef.

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SXH:Can you tell us a bit about where you are from?

Candice: I’m from Cape Town in South Africa. It has beaches and the mountains and great night life. The summers are hot and dry, the winters mild and wet. The cocktails are good, the food is better. Unfortunately, the unemployment and crime rates are high, too. Now I live in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

SXH: What did you want to be when you were a child?

Candice: I didn’t always know what I wanted to be. When I was five my mother suggested I be an artist and I hated the idea. At the time, I thought it would be better to own a surf shop, because that’s what my brother wanted to do and I thought he was cool. We also wanted to be ninjas, but that was only on Saturdays.

Then I turned 7, got serious and decided that I’d like to be a cartoonist. 5 years later I learned that I wouldn’t make a good one.

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SXH: How did you get your first breakthrough?

Candice: I was trying to put a portfolio together to use when I applied to study fashion. Claire and Sheilen from Electrik Sheep in Newcastle saw and bought one of my canvases and then offered me my first show in April 2007.

SXH: Where do you find inspiration and influence on a daily basis?

Candice: Right now, mostly from books or music.

SXH: Anyone you desire to work with or for?

Candice: I’d really like to design a pattern for clothing or wallpaper. Collaborating with someone in fashion is something I would really enjoy. I also eventually want to work with my friend, Lyndall. But I need to get my act together first.

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SXH: What’s the best thing about living in Newcastle?

Candice: The rent; I’m able to afford to live in a nice area and can walk into the city centre in 10 minutes. I get a lot more time out of each day living in Newcastle.

Where is the best place to eat?

Candice: The Valley. It’s “The Best Indian Restaurant in the North” according to The Curry Club of Great Britain.

SXH: Favorite place to visit?

Candice: The gym.

SXH: What do you think of the current climate of the art scene?

Candice: I give the scene as a whole very little thought. I only hope to remain part of it. Painting is a labor of love that unfortunately sometimes trips into the territory of business. So, I’ll continue to concentrate on putting one foot in front of the other and leave the bigger picture to someone else to worry about.

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SXH: What artists are changing the way we think at the moment?

Candice: None that you don’t know of already. The ones I really like to watch are Josh Keyes, Ericailcane and Antony Micallef.

SXH: What’s green, fluffy and lives in your second drawer?

Candice: My moldy orange.

Image of Candice via Jamie from Thought.