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A View from the Easel

by Philip A Hartigan on July 9, 2014

CHICAGO — The 70th installment of a series in which artists send in a photo and a description of their workspace. Want to take part? Submit your studio — just check out the submission guidelines.

Ivar Lövheim, Goteborg, Sweden (site)

lovheim2Since I started doing all my paintings with airbrush, everything is covered with a fine layer of paint. Everything.

The studio where I’m working, in central Göteborg, is the old shower rooms from the dockyards. When it was still operating in the 1980s, my father-In-law used to take his shower in this very room after building scaffolding in the docks.

I work with two computers, one of which I use for precise sketches, mostly abstract pictures. The other one is the old workhorse that has taken a LOT of shit over the years. I use it to paint from, and sometimes on.

Lena Fisher, Jerusalem, Israel (site)

fisher3I have recently moved to Jerusalem, so my studio is my table. For the past ten years I’ve been doing mini installations which I then shoot and enlarge, so a table is all the space I need. The table is like a boat I’m sailing, never knowing where it’s going to. I rather like a certain disorder which allows some room for chance in the details and endows me with inspiration. After I finish, though, I put everything in order, spread a white sheet, and fill it anew with the haphazard layers of accidentally encountered details, which are telling a new story.

Melissa Huang, Rochester, New York (site)

huang3I have been working in this studio for the past two years. As an undergraduate at Rochester Institute of Technology, every third- or fourth-year fine art student has a private or shared studio in the basement. It’s a wonderful set-up where you can drop in on other students whenever you want feedback, or to just check out other artists’ work.

My studio has been a little cluttered lately! The desk to the left has been my mini gold-leafed panel painting station (currently covered in flowers, crystals, shells, beads, half eaten apples, and more). I work on larger canvases using the easel to the right. This studio feels like home, and I will miss it when I graduate. But I will be excited to find a new studio with lots of natural light.

Johnny Adimando, Providence, Rhode Island (site)

adimando3The beauty and grandeur of a workspace is not always equal to the quality of the work produced. It doesn’t matter where your studio is located or how much square footage you can afford. Wherever you work, make it your own, and make the work you want to make.
Above all else, and most importantly, make the work.

Paul Volker, Columbus, Ohio (site)

volker3My studio is tiny and cramped and the lighting is bad, but at least I don’t have to reach very far for the paint.

I recently squeezed in three more easels so I can work on five big paintings at once. I think it is precisely because this space is so challenging that I have forced myself to be very productive: some 3,000 works in the last 20 years, most of them small, for obvious reasons.

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  • Barb

    Always fun to see the studios.

  • Eylyis

    Nice to see these very “ordinary” spaces. There is something really cool about artists that don’t need big white dreamy studios.

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