This week on Prodibi, let's interview a painter! Phillip Griswold from Los Angeles, USA, talk about his life and experience and about his passion for painting that has animated him for 11 years now!
Discover his particular geometrical style, inspired by the Light and his best art pieces in full resolution but also his tips as a painter!
A few words about you. Explain us a little bit, how did you start painting?
For eleven years I have lived and have painted in the LA area; now I'm based a bit further south in the beach-cities region, but I'm in LA a lot and continue to work out of my studio in Pasadena.
I started painting in college, but the work really took on its own form when I started the Bent Light series of reflection paintings and grew from there to its current form. I've been interested in art and creating it for as long as I can remember.
Is painting the only art you practice or do you also create through other mediums?
Most of the work I do is through the medium of painting. It still has so many unexplored possibilities. I've produced work in many media- printmaking, photography, pen, charcoal drawing, digital drawing, wood, clay, mixed-media sculptures... I carry around a sketchbook everywhere and I am always drawing. I often have ideas for various types of work, but the painting concepts always have such a strong pull and there isn't enough time for everything!
Can you explain us a little bit your creation process for a painting? Do you use photography before painting your landcapes? Sketches?
My paintings start with a sort of nexus of ideas and images which is always flowing. I begin from an actual place I've experienced- I only use my own sketches, photographs, observations, rather than found material. In particular, I'm very interested in the behavior and properties of light. There is a sense of a specific place and time that really cannot be reproduced by a photo, you have to be present. From this initial material, I overlay elements of geometry which start as abstractions based on the lozenge form. The blending of these elements produces the new image, which I hope carries it's own sense, or experience.
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### What moment of the day is the best to paint for you?
I usually paint from the late morning through the evening, or late into the night. I find the early morning is a productive time for sketching and working out solutions to various problems in the work, and then in the later morning into the afternoon I move into production of the final painting. Every painting takes from several days to several weeks, and many layers.
How do you define your style? What does inspire you? Have you some other artists (not only painters) that inspire you?
I'm very inspired by light. Its centrality to physics, connection to time and of course source of all color. Each work is a connecting point of space, time and light. I'm interested in the particulars within the universals, how they meet and where they disassociate from one another. The extraordinary 'superstructures' of space-time, Euclidian and non-euclidian geometries, but also the specific beauty of the moment.
Some artists I'm inspired by would include James Turell, Olafur Eliasson, Gerhard Richter, Joan Mitchell, and Paolo Uccello.
Do you have projects for the future like exhibitions, personal series?
I just returned from a trip to Italy; the relationship of the architecture to light there is uniquely amazing, and of course the incredible legacy of painting; the combination is inspiring some new work.
Currently, I'm producing some new paintings for an exhibition at SLATE Contemporary in Uptown Oakland. The exhibition will be sometime in January/February 2018.
Details will be on my website at www.phillipgriswold.com.
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