David Whitfield | France


A painting requires three components to bring it to life, the work itself, the artist and the viewer. The relationship between the artist and the painting is of an intense private emotional journey of exploration and commitment from the artist to the ongoing work. However once finished it lies waiting to be brought into the world to be presented to the viewer only then can it assume an identity that will fulfill its potential. The judgement rests upon those who interpret the image set before them, by labeling the work would surely restrict any interpretation from an open unbiased point of view toward that of the title itself.
The line has always possessed significant value in modern art held in great esteem by artists such as Miro and Klee, the latter espoused of taking the line for a walk therebye conveying a variety of expressions and interpretations such as a border, a volume, a hard geometric shape, or a soft amorphous substance, confusion, openness, enclosure, delineation, or abstraction.
The line may express simplicity strength and dignity as May be found in the etchings of Picasso or Japanese woodcuts or complicated undercurrent by swirls, circles, waves and overlapping configurations as explored in the works of Sergio Moscona and d. W. Whitfield
The line as simple as it is possesses power and delicacy alike as a simple musical note or the mighty roar of a waterfall, it is the base structure, the scaffolding and architecture of all visual art.



Contemporary Art Station: Tell us about how you got started. When did you know you wanted to be an artist?

As early as a schoolboy

CAS: What is your process like, from initial idea to the creation of the piece? Do you usually develop the idea for a project before you find the "canvas", or vice versa?

The initial idea usually stems from some aspect of human behaviour.
The computer is used in a random way to juxtapose images in an attempt to interprate my initial idea.
The image is then printed, but once work commences on the canvas it may take a completely new direction.
The artist works with and in conjunction with the ongoing imagery that continually changes on the canvas.
The end result may be guide different from the original concept

CAS: What do you love most about your creative process?

The uncertainty of it all



CAS: What role does art and the artist play in the broader social conversation today?

Art may present a viewpoint completely at odds with accepted convention?

CAS: Name a few of your favourite artists and influences.

Paul Wunderlich, Robert Raushenberg, Paul Klee.
Surrealism as an art movement.

CAS: What is the best advice you received as an artist?

Be true and honest to yourself, avoid fashionable trends

CAS: When did you discover your voice as an artist?

Still an ongoing process.

CAS: What advice would you give to emerging artists trying to find their own?

Work from the heart, and your own inner vision