An Interview with Matthew Grabelsky for GUMBO

Matthew Grabelsky Brooklyn Bound Gumbo

A short but sweet interview with Matthew Grabelsky for his upcoming show ‘GUMBO’ at Thinkspace Gallery. ‘GUMBO’ will be featuring new pieces from seven Thinkspace artists who all bring a different style, voice, and flavor to their art. GUMBO opens Saturday April 25th from 6-9pm, and will be on view till May 16th. 

SH: What artist in the upcoming ‘Gumbo’ show would you want to collaborate with and why?
MG: Alex Yanes because his speaker piece was amazing.

SH: When do you get the most work done; morning, noon, or night?
MG: Usually between noon and midnight.

SH: In three words, describe your artwork.
MG: Subway, Animals, Surreal.

SH: How long does it take you to finish a piece? What is your processes?
MG: Depends on the size and complexity – generally between 2 weeks and 2 months. I start with a general idea and then have friends come and model to work out the composition. I sketch it out in pencil and then attack it in oil painting in a couple of layers.

Matthew Grabelsky Gumbo Back Uptown

SH: Do you remember the first time you showed your work to the public? Where was it?
MG: 6th grade. My art teacher organized a show in the lobby of a big bank in NYC and included this crazy mixed media fantasy animal sculpture I made.

SH: Do you have any wise words for a fledgling artist who admires your work?
MG: Figure out what you want to do, master your craft, create something personal and original.

SH Bonus question: Speaking of gumbo, have you ever been to New Orleans? If so, tell us a tale! If not, tell us another tale.
MG: The last time I was in New Orleans I ate at a restaurant called N’awlins. When I told a local about it she was amazed how well I pronounced the name which confused me. It wasn’t until I got home that I realized N’awlins was how locals pronounce New Orleans.

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