I had a great conversation with artist Ted Randler in Washington. Ted paints contemporary figurative scenes made from tiny abstract marks that live somewhere between mosaic and pixels. Ted came through art schools in the punk era of the early 80’s making big collages combining figurative painting with found objects. Then he veered into writing and illustration, which led to a highly successful publishing business. Ted returned to painting full time 3 years ago and recently opened his first first solo show in 30 years.
We talk about Game of Thrones, orchids, racquetball, and of course art, lots of art and painting . . .
Here are the main points of what we talk about:
- Growing up with technology,
- Art show apprehensions,
- Pet portraits,
- Referencing classical paintings,
- Art school,
- Influential artists,
- Pixel influence,
- Website coding influence,
- Origins of paintings,
- Art world,
- Texture and process,
- Underlying themes,
- Naming paintings,
- Writing and painting crossovers,
- Succeed in the fine arts/gallery world,
- The zone,
- Painters who paint,
To find out more about Ted and his work
Ted’s Instagram account. (If you follow him you will make his day.)
Ted’s Facebook account.
Details of Ted’s paintings
Referenced in the podcast.
Ted very kindly sent me this list the day after our chat.
Here’s a list of folks we talked about yesterday.
Artists I like and have seen their work in real life:
American Primitive/Self-taught Colonial 1700s
John Singleton Copley, Edward Hicks “Peacable Kingdom” was a coach sign painter
Kerry James Marshall: Chicago at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) last summer
1973 directed by Emile De Antonio: De Kooning, Motherwell, Hans Hoffman, Frank Stella, Warhol.
(Ashley’s Christmas special podcast with me.)
Artists work Ive just seen on Instagram #Aftermodernism:
Brice Marden: Minimalist, colorist
Artist who use digital as part of their painting process
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