Interview with Anthony Clarkson for “Trail of Wandering Thoughts”

Anthony Clarkson Interview

Thinkspace is proud to present Anthony Clarkson’s latest body of work ‘Trail of Wandering Thoughts’ in our project room on view now through February 25th. The Los Angeles-based artist departed from acrylics and pushed his technique with oils in his latest body of work continuing to create surreal – dreamlike meanderings through eerily cast dimensions.  In anticipation of Clarkson’s upcoming exhibition with us, we have an exclusive interview with Anthony Clarkson to discuss his creative process, growing as an artist, and sources of inspiration.

SH: Can you elaborate on the inspiration for this latest body of work and themes you’ve been exploring?
AC: This is the first group of works I’ve done not really centered around a theme. This time I just painted images that came to mind without really questioning what their meaning was, or trying to say a specific thing with them. I did find it very freeing. I think I’ve always felt in the past I really had to plan out the meaning behind each piece and have them convey a specific idea. I don’t know if I’ll keep conceiving images this way from now on or if I’ll go back to more theme-based works in the future, but I definitely feel some sort of creative wall has been torn down for me mentally.

SH: You’re a full-time artist in the fine art and digital art space? Do these mediums influence each other, are you able to explore or test ideas in one field that is adopted into a different piece?
AC: Yeah, I do both painted and digital art. I tend to keep them pretty separate in my mind, but I do sometimes come up with neat effects in my digital work that I wonder If I’d be able to replicate the look in paint.

SH: In a 2015 interview you shared that you would begin painting more with oils, will we see being seeing a lot more oils in this new body of work? What’s the differences in your ability to express yourself creatively when it comes to using acrylics versus oils?
AC: This is my first show where most everything is in oil. There has been a big learning curve with oils, but I do like them. I feel like I’m just starting to get a grasp on them, so I’m really excited to see what I’m able to do with them on future works. Some of the layering techniques I’m starting to learn are really cool that I think will allow me to do some great lighting effects and create more of a mood.

SH: Can you walk us through a day in the studio?
AC: On a typical day I usually wake up around 10 or so in the morning, and after several cups of coffee and checking e-mails, I start sketching out new painting ideas or jump right into painting if I have pieces already in the works. I usually work until about 7-8pm then take a break for dinner and relax with an hour or two of TV. Around 9pm I jump back into working and it usually goes late into the night. I tend to find I get a lot of my best work done between around 11pm-3am, when the rest of the world has gone to bed. It just feels a lot more peaceful and easier to fall into a natural creative state.

SH: What inspires you creatively? When you’re not painting what are you doing?
AC: Music has always been the biggest inspiration on my art. I can listen to a song and have images and colors come to mind that influence a lot of my paintings. I also love relaxing while watching movies both old and new. Being able to fall into different story narratives than I would have maybe normally come up with on my own can spark a lot of new ideas I can pull into my work.

SH: What would be your dream collaboration? (It can be any art form)
AC: I think it would be really cool to see my art animated and put to music in some way. Since I saw the short piece “Destino” by Salvador Dali in collaboration with Disney I’ve always thought something like that would be really great. I think my art would work for something in that vein really well too.

SH: If your artwork was a food item on a menu, how would it be described?
AC: I have no idea how it would be described, but I’m pretty sure it would be on the 99 cent menu.

SH: What were you listening to during this latest body of work, podcast? Playlist? Netflix?
AC: In the mornings I usually listen to a few different podcasts throughout the week such as Tell ‘Em Steve-Dave, Smodcast, Fat Man on Batman, The Nerdist, WTF, The Eddie Trunk Podcast.
In the afternoons I listen to music most of the time. I love heavy metal and listen to a lot of classic bands like Iron Maiden, Metallica, Dio, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Slayer, Black Sabbath, and Pantera. Also various other bands like Katatonia, Anathema, Tiamat, Ulver, and always some Depeche Mode and The Cure

In the evenings after dinner, I put on movies in the background. When painting I almost always play movies I’ve seen several times so I can just let the story wash over me and don’t have to focus on a new story. Just a few of the regulars that keep getting plays while I paint are Taxi Driver, Dr. Strangelove, American Beauty, Boogie Nights, Adaptation, Holy Mountain, Lost in Translation, A Clockwork Orange, and anything Alfred Hitchcock. Along with lots of old Twilight Zone episodes.

SH: What elements of other art inspires you? What artists are you fawning over right now?
AC: I tend to be drawn to artists that use really dynamic shadows and lighting. That’s always something I want to get a lot better at and get more depth and dynamics from my paintings. Also, artists who do an image design from a different view or angle than I would have thought of and is able to bring out more dynamics in the image that way.
There are so many artists I’m into right now, but I tend to be drawn to seeing works by people who do vastly different styles than my own because I can almost always find a technique or something in them that I can try to incorporate into my own works in my own way.
Right now I am really looking forward to the new show from Marco Mazzoni coming up. I love what he does with colored pencils. Back in high school, I was going through a big colored pencil phase when I was moving on from pen and ink work. I would go through boxes of Prismacolors trying to get a very painted look with them. So seeing what he does is really cool to me, like seeing the kind of thing I might have done had I kept working in that medium.

SH: You’ve been showing with Thinkspace for the last ten years. As an artist, how do you push yourself artistically without compromising your unique style?
AC: I think as far as the “world” I’ve been creating and trying to dive deeper into with my images I know where I’m going. It’s just about keeping going down that path. For me, the pushing myself comes from learning new techniques or using new mediums, like going from acrylic to oil paints. Overall I think I know what my grand vision for my art is that I’m trying to achieve, it’s just experimenting to find the best ways of pulling it off and putting in the hours of work to get better at creating that vision.

View all available works from ‘Trail of Wandering Thoughts‘ on the Thinkspace Gallery website.

Thinkspace Gallery Print Archive Sale – Saturday January 21st

This Saturday, January 21st from noon to 6PM we will be having our first print archive sale in over three years. We will be sharing the final copies of several sold out editions, the framed display copies of several sold editions, final copies of rare editions, some Artist Proofs, and much more. Plus, there will be some gems from our personal collection made available too.

First come, first served. In-person sales only.

There is no online catalog available and no phone orders being taken. There will be gems from the likes of Audrey Kawasaki (shown above), Etam Cru, Esao Andrews, Brian Viveros, Kevin Peterson, Stella Im Hultberg, Amy Sol, and many, many more.

We will also have our recent books from Brian Viveros and Joao Ruas available for sale as well as Jeremy Fish’s recent book. We’ll also have some cool giveaways throughout the day plus freebies including new magnets for your fridge and our new ‘Miami Vice’ inspired logo button from our trip down to Miami for SCOPE this past December.

Release of Scott Listfield Prints this Friday, January 20th

Tomorrow, Friday, January 20th, we will be dropping two new prints from Scott Listfield taken from his recent solo exhibition that we curated for the Lancaster Museum of Art and History this past fall.  We’re looking forward to our debut solo show with Listfield coming up in January 2018 and much ahead in 2017 as well with this amazing creative.

Both will be available this Friday, January 20th at 10AM PST via  www.thinkspacegallery.com/shop

Scott Listfield River

Scott Listfield
The River
Edition of 30
16×24 inches
Signed and numbered by the artist
$75

Scott Listfield
Map of the Stars
Edition of 30
16×24 inches
Signed and numbered by the artist
$75

PLEASE NOTE:

There are no pre-sales of any kind, no special requests for a certain number, no in-person sales, and no holds. Prints will go on sale at 10AM PST the morning of Friday, January 20 via our online shop at www.thinkspacegallery.com/shop

Please be sure your PayPal address is current. We will ONLY guarantee shipping to the address associated with your PayPal account. It only takes a minute to check, so a good idea to do so before you place your order.

Prints will ship out within two weeks or less from the date your order has been placed, most likely in one week or less all will have been shipped off to their new homes. Tracking details will be shared to your PayPal account. Thank you for your support.

New Audrey Kawasaki & Stella Im Hultberg Prints Available This Saturday

Thinkspace Editions is excited to announce two brand new limited fine art editions from both Audrey Kawasaki and Stella Im Hultberg in celebration of their new solo exhibitions with us.

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Audrey Kawasaki
‘Nocturne’
Edition of 200
13×21 inches
Fine art print on 290gsm paper
Signed & numbered by the artist
$200

stella-print

Stella Im Hultberg
‘花樣年華 (Age of Blossoms)’
Edition of 75
16×20 inches
Fine art print on 290gsm paper
Signed & numbered by the artist
$75

PLEASE NOTE:
There are no pre-sales of any kind, no special requests for a certain number, and no phone orders at this time. Prints will go on sale at 5PM PST this coming Saturday, November 12 at our gallery to in-person sales only, one hour before we open the doors to the public for her new solo show ‘interlude’.

Cash or credit card only this Saturday for print purchases. Limit one per person / household. No exceptions. Thank you.

Opening Reception: 6-9PM this Sat., Nov. 12 at Thinkspace with both artists in attendance

New SANER Print Released at In a Dream (En un Sueño)

We’re excited to announce that we will be releasing a new print by SANER at the opening of SANER’s solo exhibition In a Dream (En un Sueño) in collaboration with Fifty24MX at the Brand Library & Art Center this Saturday. We will have a table set up near the front of the entrance for print and SANER enthusiasts to pick up a print at 6pm when doors open.  The Brand Library & Art Center is just one mile from the LA Zoo and we anticipate it will resemble our BEYOND EDEN events. This is one of the hottest shows to hit Los Angeles this year, do not miss this show!

Opening Reception:
Saturday, November 5th 6-10PM
FREE and open to all // reception will feature DJs, cash bars, and food trucks!!!

Taking Place At:
Brand Library & Art Center
1601 W. Mountain Street
Glendale, California 91201

 

saner-print

SANER
“Amantes”
Edition of 50
16×20 inches (40.6×50.8cm)
Fine art print on 290gsm paper
Signed and numbered by the artist
$150 each

Printed by Static Medium

 

Find Us at ComplexCon For Prints from Cinta Vidal and Casey Weldon, Plus So Much More!

ComplexCon Long Beach

This weekend we will be at the POW! WOW! Worldwide booth (H31) at ComplexCon in Long Beach taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center.

Not only will we have a wall of 30 incredible works from our past POW! WOW! exhibitions, but new print editions from Cinta Vidal and Casey Weldon. Artist James Jean has created a site-specific mural and incredible installation presented by POW! WOW! and Imprint Labplus that will have to be seen in person. All those who attend will walk away with a little piece of history from Jean.

Tickets and full details at www.complexcon.com

Look for us at Booth H31

casey-print

Prints will be available at our booth (while supplies last) each day from 11AM to 7PM, look for the bearded guy with the headband and he’ll take care of you.
Thank you for the support!

CASEY WELDON
‘Death Perception’
Edition of 75
16×20 inches (40.6×50.8cm)
Fine art print on 290gsm paper
Signed and numbered by the artist
$75 each

Printed by Static Medium

cinta-print

Prints will be available at our booth (while supplies last) each day from 11AM to 7PM, look for the bearded guy with the headband and he’ll take care of you.
Thank you for the support!

CINTA VIDAL
‘Reading Club’
Edition of 50
18×18 inches (45.7×45.7cm)
Fine art print on 290gsm paper
Signed and numbered by the artist
$75 each

Printed by Static Medium

Remaining prints from each edition will go up on our online shop next week. Details will be shared next Monday via our newsletter and social networks. Thank you.

Sandra Chevrier & Sean Mahan Prints To Be Released at Opening Reception

We will be releasing a new print from Sandra Chevrier and Sean Mahan during the opening reception of both exhibitions this Saturday, October 15th.  The prints were done by the awesome people at Static Medium and are limited to one print per person. If any prints remain we will share them on our webshop next week and share details on Monday. Please see below for all the details regarding each individual print and the sale process.

Sandra Chevrier Print

Sandra Chevrier
‘La Cage, ici!’
Edition of 50 standard prints + Edition of 10 Hand Embellished prints
Giclee print on 290gsm paper stock
24×30 inches (61x76cm)
Signed and numbered by the artist
Standard Print: $450
Hand Embellished: $750

Printed by the amazing staff at Static Medium

Hand-Embellished prints will include hand painted acrylic touches and elements of collage added to each print. Only available at the opening reception.

Both editions from Chevrier will be available this Saturday, October 15th from 6-9PM during the opening reception for her new exhibition with us. There are no holds, no pre-orders and no over the phone or internet sales. In-person sales only this Saturday evening. One print per person / couple. Please note we will be monitoring this.

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Sean Mahan
‘Rendered Obsolete’
Edition of 30
Giclee print on 290gsm paper stock
12×12 inches (30x30cm)
Signed and numbered by the artist
$60 each

Printed by the amazing staff at Static Medium

Our new edition from Mahan will be available this Saturday, October 15th from 6-9PM during the opening reception for his new exhibition with us. There are no holds, no pre-orders and no over the phone or internet sales. In-person sales only this Saturday evening.