Artist Interview with Craig Barrack

Artist Interview with Craig Barrack

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Welcome to AllArtWorks Featured Artist Series!

1. What other profession is similar to being an artist and why?

I would say being a Doctor is similar to being an artist, as symbolized by their shared patron saint, Saint Luke. Artists can be Catchers in the Rye in the sense of their communal voice speaking of existential spiritual maladies. Just as a doctor attends to physical maladies an artist can attend to maladies of consciousness.

2. What’s the nicest thing you can remember someone said about your work, or an individual piece?

I remember sending an email with 3 images of my work to the OK Harris gallery. The next day Ivan Karp, the owner of OK Harris, called and asked me to bring my paintings for him to see. Upon showing him my work he matter factly told which one was the best and it was the one I thought was too. That was the nicest thing anyone ever said about my work.

3. What’s one thing you’d like everyone to know about you as an artist?

I would like to convey a sense of the power and wonder of art.
4. What was the last piece of art that you saw that blew you away?

The Pantheon is by far the most amazing building I have ever stepped into. Something about the focused light of the oculus and the subconscious sense of the embedded sphere intimated a sense of the eternal and a mysterious feeling of home.

5. What’s something you haven’t done but you want to do in art/painting?

I would like to paint the perceptual fabric of darkness.

6. Which artist do you like better - Ingres or Delacroix, and why?*

Big fan of both Ingres and Delacroix. Ingres' superb drawings and portraits look back to Raphael and forward to Picasso and even Kerry James Marshall. On a whole Ingres is the greater painter, however I believe Delacroix's "The Death of Sardanapalus" to be the greatest painting of either artist.

*The reason we ask about Delacroix and Ingres is because they were contemporaries with wildly different styles!