Five Questions for Jonathan Peter Jackson

“I both want to clarify and deepen human vision.”

An interview with painter Jonathan Peter Jackson.

No Rescue for the Robot Ghost

I love your Flood of Memory series.  It’s so dreamlike and evocative, and the figures seem so beautifully vulnerable and untouched.  Can you speak a little about your inspiration for the series? Are these places that you’ve visited in your travels or your dreams?

Flood of Memory came, like the title implies, all of a sudden with a very powerful half-conscious vision, and has evolved from that initial fissure into the tension between body and deconstructed environment that it is now.  For me, everything is about the body because I very much insist that as human beings we must contemplate the mystery of our existence, particularly our corporeal selves, in order to transcend.  The title comes from Proust, who is one of the most painterly writers and a gifted seer.

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Five Questions for Pauline Fowler

We sit down with photographer Pauline Fowler.

Your work is beautifully textured and layered, and you describe your work as “textural photography.” Can you describe your process?
I use multiple photographs ( all my own nowadays unless stated! ) to overlay on to my original image and create an atmosphere and story. I often do water colour washes on paper, photograph them, and add them as textural layers….you could call it mixed media! The layers should enhance, not overtake, the original image, and the original image is the most important part!

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Five Questions for Dan Murphy

We sit down with sculptor Dan Murphy.

1. I like the combination of darkness and light in your work…your sculptures are sinister and humorous at the same time. Do you think about this balance as you create?

Definitely. Nobody likes getting hit on the head with a hammer, which is what happens when the work is too dark. The flip side is nobody looks at the work seriously if it’s just humorous. Since I see myself primarily as a storyteller, I have to have conflict, and that conflict between light and dark is as fundamental and universal as you can get.

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Five Questions for Gerald Barnes

Artspan sits down with collage artist Gerald Barnes

Your collages are like boxes of memories. How do you choose your images? Are any of them specific to your life? Your own relatives? Or are they historical figures?

The images I use reflect the things that interest me – art, literature, architecture, history, travel, graphic design and the human condition. I have a large library of material that I’ve collected over the years, ephemera, old magazines and newspapers, stamps and notes. I also use my own drawings and photographs. Usually I select one particular image and then build around that.  I have in the past used family photos but there are only so many times you can use Grandma and Grandpa! Some images are of historical figures. Mario García Menocal was President of Cuba from 1913 -1921 and looked like a Hollywood movie star.

 

 Numbers Series #79

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Five Questions for Kay Smith

Light through paint.

An interview with watercolor artist Kay Smith

Transpearant

1. You describe your watercolor technique as “transparent.” Can you explain what this means and how the process works? 

Being able to see light pass through clear paint on paper is the hallmark of watercolor’s abilities and allure. I use transparents such as alizarin crimson, thalo blue/green, and arylide yellow mostly in initial washes if doing traditional work, and a mix of transparents with a few opaques if painting in a direct one-application manner.

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Five Questions for Kelly Burke

Opposing Forces in Nature

An interview with abstract painter Kelly Burke

 Toujours Fidele

Your work seems very personal and connected to your mood or your view of the world on a particular day. You strike an interesting balance between feelings and ideas…the vague and the specific, the soft and the harsh. Do you paint in response to specific events in your life or the world around you? Do you find that your mood changes while you paint…that the very act of exploring your state of mind changes your state of mind?

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