Peter Malone: Interview

Peter Malone, Early Morning Self Portrait, 2015, oil on linen, 38 x 40 inches (c
Peter Malone, Early Morning Self Portrait, 2015, oil on linen, 38 x 40 inches (courtesy of the artist)

Jeanne Wilkinson interviews painter Peter Malone, whose exhibition Portraits is on view at Blue Mountain Gallery, New York, through February 21, 2015.

Malone comments: "A painting should be more than proof that the painter had an experience that was personally meaningful to them. The result of their work should be meaningful to the viewer as well. Maybe not in the same way as it was to the painter, but meaningful in some shared human way... I’m simply trying to get back to a kind of painting that doesn’t need a written explanation — that doesn’t need a statement on the wall next to it. I want people to talk about my work. Understanding is up to them. I don’t like explaining. I think there’s more than enough room inside a rectangle to share the world with another person. I want painting to work in its simplest form."