John Brosio’s lucid and surreal paintings have long been a favourite of ours. They depict strange scenes played out in front of you like a twisted play about the modern world in turmoil. The subject matter is fascinating but the execution is just exquisite. They can have an immediate impact on first viewing but hold your attention for a long time after.
1) How do you motivate yourself?
JB: Hmm. It seems that I am by nature a curious person. And I think I am more interested in ideas than I am paint. But – something I am learning is that a piece of art I enjoy has all of the emotions in it, all of the notes. Sometimes sadness is a huge ingredient.
2) How do you structure your time?
JB: I probably have more compulsion than structure. But keeping the days very regular, very predictable, staying prepared – I do everything I can to just wake up and start. Evenings are for relaxing nowadays.
3) What do you listen to when you work?
JB: Some podcasts, movies with which I am familiar, books on tape, and talk radio.
4) Who are three artists that inspire you?
JB: Wayne Thiebaud was an instructor of mine, I am lucky to say. And watching him paint, observing his approach and work ethic: Though it may not look like it I use his palette still with some minor changes. I use his approach in many ways too. I have also been looking at Joan Brown lately and Justin Mortimer in the UK.
5) What’s the best piece(s) of advice you have been given?
JB: “Use every color and generalize for as long as possible” – Wayne Thiebaud.
6) Describe an object or tool related to your work that you love.
JB: My reference material – usually models of dinosaurs, taxidermy – they watch when I’m not using them.
7) An anonymous patron has donated $100K for you to build your dream studio, what would it look like and where would it be?
JB: A dream studio would be where I live and be very well-illuminated with advanced ventillation. It would also have separate storage such that I could exhibit in the same space.
If I have money left over I would build a second studio in some weird hidden place where I could work on just one or two long track pieces at a time.
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And online here: http://www.johnbrosio.com/