Vincent Desiderio: Interview

Vincent Desiderio, Hitchcock's Hands, 2012, oil and mixed media on canvas, 64 x
Vincent Desiderio, Hitchcock's Hands, 2012, oil and mixed media on canvas, 64 x 66 inches (courtesy of the artist and the Marlborough Gallery)

Larry Groff interviews painter Vincent Desiderio about his work and process.

Desiderio comments: "I really cannot speak to the idea of figurative painting as something apart from abstract painting or conceptual painting. It would be nice if I could but I don’t really think in terms that make a significant distinction between these approaches. I wince when I am referred to as a figurative painter. I am a painter. As a result, I have difficulty identifying what exactly constitute the fundamentals of drawing and painting. I know that a so called classical education can be beneficial when one wishes to acquire certain types of skill and that programs that offer this type of training are enjoying a renewed popularity among young artists. However I am wary of the rote academic (in the pejorative sense) nature of such an approach. More often than not this pedagogical method tends to imprison student forcing them to force their imaginations into forms that may be inappropriate. When we make a painting we are building a psychologically charged sensual space of possibilities. We can build it as a prison of as an observatory. I prefer the latter."