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Artist Allan Stephens on red wine, the Bulgarian Mafia, and the crab who went to a disco
Born in 1970, Allan Stephens' passion—his addiction—is to paint. Having realised his purpose is creating fresh work that offer an unexpected take on familiar surroundings, Allan is in perpetual motion, looking for new inspiration.
What does happiness look like?
A perfect day.
Do you have any bad habits?
Many, and I'm still looking for a few more.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
Doing this quiz rates highly.
What is your favourite smell?
Can you remember a favourite holiday?
Polruan, Cornwall, when I was very young... Drinking shandies on the port wall.
What time did you wake up today?
What was the last thing you ate?
Leftovers from yesterday's barbecue.
Too much red wine.
What are you currently listening to, or reading?
Reading 1984 by George Orwell in French, and for the second time... The first time was at school, in English, and in 1984!
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A pilot, and footballer AND a painter. I'm glad I managed one of them.
What is the worst thing anyone's said to you?
"Can you fill out this quiz for our customers?"
What is the worst job you ever had?
In a burger van at the lay-by between Harlow and Epping, Fridays and Saturdays between midnight and 4am.
And the weirdest?
Chauffeur for small-time mafia in Bulgaria.
Who or what is the greatest love of your life?
My wife, Katia.
If you could talk to anyone, past, present or future, who would it be?
I hesitate between David Bowie and Rik Mayall.
Tell me a joke?
Have you heard the one about the crab who went to a disco and pulled a mussel?
Have you ever been arrested?
No, but I spent the night in a cell in Johannesburg. (Long story.)
Have you lied since this interview began?
What has life taught you?
That good painters don't have much to say.