Back Talk—Anthony Clarkson

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011
Anthony Clarkson, who will be showing A Time To Forget at Thinkspace Gallery's Project Roon on February 5, is also a profiled artist in the February issue of Juxtapoz. We catch up with the artist and take a look at his gloomy, surreal works on the eve of his solo show.

1. One reason you make art:

It’s the only way I know how to live.


2. The last good movie you saw:

I don’t see movies in theater very often, but I watch (or listen to) a lot of DVDs while I paint. Last night I painted to Boogie Nights.


3. Something you’ve always wanted to do, but have yet to:

Write and illustrate and graphic novel. I’m in the very early stages of working towards achieving this… check back in ten years or so.


4. Favorite country or city visited.

I don’t do much traveling… kind of a recluse. But I went to collage out in Denver, and love going back there to visit.


5. A few words that sum up your philosophy on life:

“If you will it, it is no dream.” - Theodor Herzl


6. Something you want the world to know about you:

I’m addicted to fruit smoothies and think I can live on them alone.


7. Something that annoys or frustrates you about people:

Big ego/name-dropping/self-centered people.


8. Something that concerns you:

How crappy Saturday morning cartoons have become… and this weird mole on my shoulder.


9. Artists you admire:

Hieronymus Bosch, Salvador Dali, Michael Hussar, Mark Ryden, Todd Schorr, Dave McKean, Tim Burton, David Lynch and the list goes on and on and on…


10. Favorite quote(s):

“I put my heart and my soul into my work, and have lost my mind in the process.” - Vincent van Gogh


“Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.” - Dan Stanford


“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me.” – Hunter S. Thompson


11. The first record or CD you ever bought? The last album you downloaded?

Megadeth’s ‘Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying’

Nine Inch Nails ‘Pretty Hate Machine re-mastered’


12. Something you do when you’re procrastinating?

Pace around my apartment in circles at ever-increasing speeds.


13. What is your most defining characteristic?



14. What is your greatest fear?

Having to get a REAL job.


15. The moment you realized you were an ‘artist’:

I’ve been drawing for longer than I can remember; “artist” was an identity I’d been given all my life. It’s much harder for me to identify myself as anything else.


16. Your greatest quality:

Hell if I know… pass


17. Something you wish you could change or alter about yourself:

More self-confidence - less social anxiety.


18. What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken and was it worth it?

Moving out to LA was one… now trying to make it as a career painter is another. So far it all seems to be panning out.


19. Something you wish you had known five years ago:

That my favorite Iron Maiden shirt would get ruined… I would’ve bought two.


20. What do you hope to accomplish in the next five years of your life?

I hope to be making a living as a full time painter… that would rule. Improve my painting skills, work on bigger more complex pieces and move to oils.


Anthony Clarkson
A Time To Forget
Opening Reception:
Sat, Feb. 5th 7-10PM
February 5—26
6009 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232


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