ARTIST INTERVIEW- Matthew Pasquarello ∼ アーティスト・インタービュー(英語版)

In recent moons, ILLUSTREET had the pleasure of interviewing Matthew Pasquarello, an artist with solid classical technical execution, skewed with humor, cuteness, and general good times.

On with the interview!

ILLUSTREET: Hello Matthew Pasquarello! Thank you for the time to virtually sit down with me for this interview, in my Palace Of Dreams. I've been a fan of your work for nearly 15 years and had the pleasure of being at your first group show around 10 years ago. Since then, you've been in quite a many shows. Has this been due to your own networking, being randomly discovered- what is some advice that you can give to aspiring artists who want to get their work in galleries?

Matt: For an artist these days, your work can be seen anywhere in the world through the internet. So galleries across the country or world may be interested in showing your work. In which case, it is generally a simple process to pack up your art and mail it somewhere to be exhibited. And so for an aspiring artist, considering you have the entire world at your disposal, I promise you there is a gallery SOMEWHERE that would be interested in displaying your painting. So the most important things are to make sure people can see your artwork somehow, making a few friends who are also artists and then eating well and exercising so that you can better cope with such a questionable career choice. My gallery experience is sometimes due to networking and other times due to a gallery becoming aware of my artwork and contacting me.


ILLUSTREET: Do you ever care about pleasing "the public" with your paintings, or are you primarily concerned with doing whatever you want?

Matt: Because I am putting a creation out into the world, I always hope that the public likes it, although not everyone can like whatever you do. But when I am coming up with ideas and following through with a painting, I am mostly just trying to paint something I would want to look at and that I find interesting or amusing. But if I can inspire the kind of feeling in someone by looking at my painting that I feel when I look at art I really like, then that is very rewarding.

ILLUSTREET: Your work ranges from the humorous to the serious. What type of feelings do you most like to experience whilst painting?

Matt: Most of my paintings have an emotional tone that lies somewhere in the middle of serious and humorous. Generally I hope to be in a focused and positive mood while painting because there are times where my perfectionism gets me too agitated and I have to take a break.


ILLUSTREET: Does your environment have an impact on your work (studio setup, music, etc.), or are you highly internally focused when painting?

Matt: More often than not, I don't listen to music while I paint. I don't have an external studio that I go to as my work area is situated in my apartment, in a big room with everything else. So the most important things that help me focus are to have a lot of space for me to move around in and also a very clean, organized environment.


ILLUSTREET: About 14 years ago, your style was more flat and illustration influenced (which I was very fond of, btw!). Your current works are more three-dimensionally rendered in technical execution. What does your stylistic shift mean to you, and do you often experiment with different styles? What does style mean to you?!

Matt: I think that was about 14 years ago when my style was flatter. I wish I experimented with styles more than I do and painted in that older style more now and then, but my stylistic shift was the result of a decision to try to learn how to paint in oil and then taking traditional technique more and more seriously as I saw the results I could achieve and also work towards. If someone refers to an artist's style, I usually think of the general appearance of their artwork at first. But then I might also think of a unique design element, type of humor or theme that a particular artist uses over and over.


ILLUSTREET: Your current favorite medium?

Matt: Oil painting on canvas is my current thing.


ILLUSTREET: I read in a Bolivian art magazine that you’re a fan of Mark Ryden. Are these Bolivian rumors true? If it was required that Mark Ryden had to piggy-back ride with you, who would be carrying who, and where would you two go?

Matt: I love that Bolivian art magazine. I don't really want to piggy-back ride with Mark Ryden, but I like his art.

Regardless though, if we had to go somewhere it would probably not be Bolivia after that hack job they did on me.

ILLUSTREET: Any words of advice for underground artists who are absolutely shit, full of shit, have no originality, no imagination, no technical skill, and basically no reason to be an artist?

Matt: An artist who is shit, full of shit, not original, no imagination, no reason to be an artist and no technical skill? Wow. I guess you try to tackle one issue at a time. To an artist who is shit and full of shit, start with eating well and exercising. Next, in order to achieve originality and imagination, I'd suggest to go for a walk and look at things. While you are walking and looking at things, start to think about these things and let this thinking start to swirl around in your brain and develop momentum. Soon your thinking will spiral into full on thoughts and with practice these thoughts can spiral into imaginings. If someone has no technical skill and wants technical skill, I would suggest to google art technique, painting technique, painting lesson, and so on. If you have no reason to be an artist before you become an artist, I would say don't bother. But if you are already an artist and then have no reason to be an artist, you might need to find some motivating factor. This could anywhere from the simple joy of making art, the thrill of people enjoying your art, having a career in art, making political or social commentary through your art, or even using art as a venue to express that you have no reason to be an artist.


ILLUSTREET: Any final words for your fans?

Matt: Thank you to anyone who really is a fan! And I am working on new artwork which I hope you enjoy. : D


ILLUSTREET: Thank you very much Matthew! It was a pleasure to share this time with you. Godspeed.

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