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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Interview with Matthew Dibble





q) What is your earliest art-related memory?


a)In 1964 when I was seven years old I vividly remember seeing the Pieta by Michelangelo at the World’s Fair in New York and being overwhelmed.


q) Who has had the greatest influence on your work?


a)Working closely with students of the Gurdjieff Work.


q) What are the main tools of your craft?


a)Brushes and trowels.


q) Is a formal education important?


a)For me it was, I learned the value of good drawing in Art School.


q) What is the biggest misconception about art?


a)That it has any thing to do with natural ability.


q) Which is more important in art - concept or execution?


a)Too much mind can be an obstacle.


q) What theme or aesthetic are you most drawn too?


a)The painting are psychological, seeing my self as I really am- is difficult. Some times I have glimpses of larger possibilities. I examine through the figurative work a very rich inner life and am “surprised by joy” often in the studio.


q) What is your favorite piece of art in your home?


a)The best designed, most functional and use full sculpture in my house is the bathroom throne.


q) If you could collaborate with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?


a)A difficult question. I would like to have met Ian Curtis.


q) Which emerging artist do you think more people should know about?


a)There’s a very interesting Arts writer in France right now named Christian Schmitt.


q) What has been your greatest achievement to date?


a)In my early years I led an alcoholic life but in 1984 was given a reprieve. I’ve not had my sobriety interrupted for the last 26 Years.


q) What has been your biggest roadblock?


a)I suffer the fact that I’m not the man or artist I could be, that I can always be better.


q) How do you define success?


a)When you can look in the mirror and not be afraid of the man in the glass.


q) What will be the name of your autobiography?


a)Diary of an Amateur or Ego without Substance


q) what is the best piece of (art-related) advice you’ve ever been given?


a)Each moment is a new opportunity, be attentive.

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