Douglas Cantor Interview

Do animals like horses or flames of a fire constitute important motifs in your imagery?

They do, horses especially remain very relevant. I’m drawn by the way in which I feel they convey emotion, and the universal nature of their symbolism – but we are constantly changing, and so shall the work.

Can you mention any artists you, lately or generally, take inspiration from?

Sophie Vallance, I have the privilege to be able to see her process unfold, and that has been probably the most influential experience for me.

How do you know when this painting was finished?

I just know, but if I’m going to attempt to explain it, it was finished when it felt the way I felt.

What about the place where you work? What’s your studio space look like?

The studio is the most important space for me. Until recently I always worked where I lived or better, lived where I worked, but recently moved to a separate studio, it was vital for me to feel at home there, so I spent a good amount of time creating a little space in a corner that I could be proud of, I made a chair, found a table, made cushions, brought some personal items and moved things around again and again until I was happy, only then I was able to focus and work.

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