Interview with Christian Defilippo
q) Well, first of all please tell us a little about yourself.
a)I live in a loft in
q) Had you always planned on being an artist [or had you other hopes]?
a)Yep. It sounds funny but that was what I knew I wanted to do when I was little and I never really questioned it later on.
q) Do you have a preferred medium to work on? Why?
a)I only work on colored paper. I like having a color to work with before I even start adding paint.
q) How would you describe your style?
a)Figurative. Pattern based. Even though I’m not making collages right now, I still think about the work that I’m doing as being collage.
q) Do you go through any certain processes while trying to produce your work?
a)I like to make photocopies. It helps to see something on a different scale. That’s also where the repetition comes from in a lot of my paintings. Sometimes something will look better when it’s next to a duplicate of itself.
q) What are you working on at present?
a)I have a lot of paintings that I’ve started recently. I’m trying to finish them all, but I have an easier time starting things than finishing them.
q) What about recent sources of inspirations?
a)Since I don’t work out of my head everything that I draw usually comes from a photo, or a drawing, or some found material. I like looking for images in the library as well as on the Internet. Thrift shops are also really helpful in finding old books to draw from.
q) What are some of your obsessions?
a)Listening to music, the Internet, reading books, drawing…
q) Which galleries have you shown at and which galleries would you like to show at?
q) If people would like to contact you, how would you like to be contacted?
a)Email is good.
q) Do you have any suggestions or advice for artists that are just starting out?
a)Art school was really helpful for me, but I don’t think it’s necessary. You can learn a lot by watching other people’s art making methods, and by reading about artists you like. It’s important to draw a lot. Keep a sketchbook.
q) Who are your favorite artists?
a)Chris Johanson, John Wesley, Raymond Pettibon, Vincent Van Gogh…
q) What books are on your nightstand?
a)I don’t have a nightstand, but right now I’m reading The Outlaw Bible of American Literature. It’s a collection of writing by a lot of cult/underground writers.
q) To what weaknesses are you most indulgent?
a)The Internet. It’s a big distraction.