Larry Groff interviews painter Grant Drumheller whose work will be on view at the Prince Street Gallery, New York from December 1 – 29, 2016.
Drumheller remarks: “The notion of making a painting is the farthest thing from my mind. I want a painting experience! Even when I am painting a small image, the beginning is a libation to the Gods. I really don’t like art, I want to feel the reality of an experience. I do not want to know what the painting will look like in the beginning so I am throwing myself off of too-strong-of-an-idea as much as I am beginning. I wait until I can jump into the picture with all fours. It can sit for months with the ‘overture’ on it. I am waiting for it to call to me. Often when I start a picture over, I will obliterate the painting underneath with a dark glaze of red or green- not related at all to a subject- or paint a live coat of pale color to work out of. Guston often worked on a wet wall of paint- a full-on surface of fresh titanium or titanium and lead white and started to draw. I usually work one painting at a time. I obsess with the demon on the easel.”