Hinton FM at the Hastings Contemporary
HintonFM recently exhibited at the very successful Out Front exhibition at Hastings Contemporary.”We had an amazing time interacting with fellow exhibitors and visitors, showcasing our latest works, and gaining invaluable insights. A big thank you to everyone who showed interest in what we’re doing at HintonFM. We’re thrilled to have been a part of this event and we are already looking forward to the next one. Your continued support and engagement is what drives us to keep innovating and improving.”
Part One of our exclusive interview with HintonFM
Exploring how they combine maths and art to create their unique pieces
Frances: I also have an elder brother and I have worked with him in the past in his management consulting business. I quickly realised that you have to be able to separate your personal lives from your professional lives. It’s not always easy to do but I think Mark and I have a good professional working relationship. One of the best things about working together is that we already have a lot of shorthand when we are communicating. We have such a good understanding of how we both think we have been able to skip over all the getting to know and understand part of a working relationship.
Is it difficult working together? Not all brothers and sisters get along and often there is a strong rivalry between siblings.
Frances: We had been talking and exploring things that we could do together for some time. For example starting a consultancy business or some online help forum for start ups in the tech or creative industries. Neither of these ideas really appealed as it was things we had already done separately in the past. We then looked at our passions and our strengths and realised that they were mathematics and art. In the past we had had lots of discussions about how mathematicians and artists have very similar thought processes and tend to tackle and explore problems and ideas in the same way.
How did your collaboration begin? What inspired you to merge mathematics and art in your work?
What are some specific mathematical concepts or principles that you’ve incorporated into your art? How do you translate these abstract ideas into visual expressions?
Mark: There are high level concepts in mathematics that guide my work. Complexity: in maths a complex system is one in which you cannot predict the output from the inputs. For example there is no precise model for tomorrow’s weather, however much information you have about air pressures, winds, temperatures today. This is also true of some mathematical systems such as fractals which are never ending patterns generated from simple underlying formulae. I have used those at the heart of some of our pieces. These patterns also exhibit emergent behaviour as unexpected results and patterns. I do not yet use stable diffusion (a form of deep learning AI) to generate any base images. This is, however, something I am exploring.
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Introducing Hinton FM, which is a collaboration between a brother and a sister using the latest digital technology and traditional creative techniques. This collaboration combines their unique skills, perspectives, and creative visions, resulting in innovative and thought-provoking pieces.
Frances Hinton is an artist, illustrator, designer and creative thinker. From a young age, she demonstrated an innate passion for art and design, often drawing inspiration from the seascapes and landscape of the rolling downs of East Sussex. Influences have included the Impressionist, abstract expressionism, the Bauhaus, Russian revolutionary art and Memphis Design Italy.
Frances has always believed that art and design should not be seen as two very separate disciplines. Often her design work has been influences by works of art. She believes passionately that staring at a blank piece of paper or a screen is not the way to start any project. For her, the best source of inspiration is to be found either in nature or by walking through an art gallery or museum.
Frances has always thought that the crossover between different art and design disciplines can produce exciting and unexpected results. It was easy to see how combing art with mathematics could open up a whole new world of creativity and insight. Hence Hinton FM was born, an exciting new collaboration, bringing together art and maths and sister and brother.
Mark Hinton is a scientist who drives commercial success with novel technology solutions. Always fascinated by technology, but with purpose, not just to be clever. Financially motivated but not interested in making money for the sake of making money. From studying the mathematics of self organising systems, Mark came to appreciate the beauty of pictorial representations of complex systems blended with artistic creativity.
A career that has spanned science, engineering, marketing and finance has led Mark to take an holistic approach to problem solving and creativity. It often seems that life is a series of problems to be solved or overcome. There can be a succession of triumphs when problems are addressed with elegant solutions. The combination of humanity, art, design and STEM approaches offer an exciting route to more frequent and bigger triumphs.