Martin Wittfooth is an illustrator and fine artist living in New York City. His surreal oil paintings are much more than simply depictions of animals – they are emotional self-portraits that demand to be seen as a timestamp of our place here on Earth – where we have come from and more importantly where we are going.
In this episode, Martin discusses:
-What he attempts to accomplish with his paintings.
-How his style has developed over time and the experience of looking back at his old work.
-One of his earliest creative memories when he realized that his art could cause a reaction in people.
-How he sees his paintings as “emotional self-portraits.”
-His fascination with the way that the human species communicates with one another on many different levels.
-How young adults have to make decisions on what they want to do for the rest of their lives at too early of an age.
-The difficulty of trying to find a marriage between painting and the business of painting.
-How we live in a time where the knowledge and advice is out there on the internet… we just need to know where to look and how to ask for it.
-The importance of enjoying the act of your creative endeavor rather than the results of it.
“Through drawing, all the sudden people took interest in what I was doing.”
“I’m trying to get myself somehow trapped on the canvas but in a way that isn’t the predictable image of me.”
“If it stops feeling like play, then it’s probably not worth doing.”
The Archaic Revival by Terence McKenna
The Duncan Trussell Family Hour Podcast — Episode 137 with Martin Wittfooth
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