Clintel Steed: Interview

Clintel Steed, Computer with African Gold, oil on canvas, 26 x 30 inches (courte
Clintel Steed, Computer with African Gold, oil on canvas, 26 x 30 inches (courtesy of the artist)

Jennifer Samet talks with painter Clintel Steed about his work and the experience of painting from life.

Steed remarks: "Painting is being open to what’s around you. But you are imagining, you are coming up with an idea, and you give in to ideas. It is always a push and pull. To me it’s like the computers. It’s the opportunity to make something epic. You ride the wave of the text until you get to the moment. The way we live life right now is that there is a lot of jumbling. Everything becomes fractured. Like how music now is different from what it was in the 1980s. Then, every song was five minutes. There was time to take a breath. Now they are all 2-3 minutes, and that seems long. But, I was reading this book about the sublime. The sublime is now. I think that everybody, when they are making a painting, is trying to be in the sublime: that moment when they are not thinking, but in the present."