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Five minutes with… Ian Hart

Ian Hart is a doodler creating incredible artwork. His style is instantly recongisable and his passion for creativity is at an all time high. We caught up with him in Coventry for a quick chat about his story.

Can you give us a little insight in to your background?
Coventry lad who grew up in Cheylesmore. Had a few struggles in life like everyone, but found it matured me. Gave me strength when I needed it most.

You’ve recently had some serious health problems. Tell us about how creativity has helped you?
I have suffered with spinal issues from the age of 23, I had to give up work for seven years. This is when I found that doodling helped me to block the pain I suffered. I ended up doodling for up to 10 hours a day. My first doodle took me four years to complete. That’s when people told me I have a unique style and should develop it. This is where the accidental artist was born. Then, more recently, I suffered a heart attack at the age of 31. That hit me hard. I then became a father six months after my heart attack. Depression and anxiety crept in, but I was able to use my talent and skill as an artist to overcome my mental health issues and it’s something I am now very passionate about raising awareness of. Creativity can be a vital part in the recovery process.

Your art looks precise, is there a vision before you create?
There’s no plan when I start. It’s all just what’s in my head at that time. I just go with the flow. Everything to me now is a canvas.

What would be your ideal commission?
My ideal commission would be the side of a building in the city. Something iconic that people can talk about for years to come. Something my kids and grandkids can be proud of.

Where do you see yourself in ten years?
Very difficult for me to answer this. I have to live for the now and concentrate one year at a time. I’d love to see myself as someone who can inspire a generation of artists and also become a talking point for the community in Coventry.

Finally. We hear you’d like to doodle on buses and phone boxes. Is that true and what’s the idea behind it?
YES! Like I mentioned earlier, everything to me is a canvas. Bus stops, phone boxes and so on. I thought it could be a good way to bring communities together and for the city to show off its talent and of course to add some colour to the city. I would be very happy and proud to play a part in putting Coventry firmly on the map for good!

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