Jock McFadyen: Interview

Jock McFadyen, Sirte, 2012, 160 x 300 cm, oil on canvas (courtesy of the artist)
Jock McFadyen, Sirte, 2012, 160 x 300 cm, oil on canvas (courtesy of the artist)

Susie Pentelow interviews painter Jock McFadyen whose work is on view at Marsden Woo Gallery, London through March 29, 2014.

McFayden comments: "What I’m obsessed with in painting is surface and making the paint bloom. What I like in painting is the counter point between accident and design, so I like the fact that paint is fluid, oil. I think that if a painting has got any life there has to be chaos. You know when you see a tightrope walker and they pretend to fall, just to remind you that it’s actually dangerous; the painting has to have that possibility of it being chaotic. For me the best paintings, that I enjoy making, are controlled accidents, where the paint falls around in a way that is better than you could have placed it. I can’t stand paintings where the painter has just done it in a controlled way... I paint my pictures when they’re upside-down, on their side, or on the floor, only thinking about the paint and hoping it will accidentally form into an image that represents something I’ve seen. Does that sounds mad? It’s peculiar, that’s the queer position I’m in. I hope I can square that circle. I want each bit of paint to have it’s own bit of autonomy."