26 October 2011

Joshua Bronaugh is an artist that is originally from many places – he spent some years in Germany, before skipping through American mountains, forests, and salt flats, landing eventually in the south. His paintings, often large in scale, focus the obsessions of memory and emotion, almost always pushing the human figure to the edges of representation and, in some instances, far into abstraction.

Who´s the first artist/photographer that comes to your mind first?

Lars von Trier.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, where do you come from and where is your journey going to?

I was born in Germany as a US citizen, and have lived in America, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, and Russia. In college I was interested in medicine and psychology, but settled into art after realizing its potential. I try to live a quiet life, and rely on art to fulfill a psychic role in my life.

How would you describe your style?

Emotionally charged figure painting with a tendency to allow abstraction to shape the image.

Your house is on fire, what do you save?

Let it all burn! I think it would be refreshing to start again from nothing.

Something you want the world to know about you?

I care deeply about animal rights.

Tell us a song that has haunted you.

Peter Gabriel's Passion, the entire album, which is sonically and emotionally satisfying. The album seems to come from so many cultures and still none in particular.

What keeps you motivated and inspires you go to on every day?

The idea that I don’t know how a painting will end. Each picture is an experiment, and I encourage a process that can take a painting to a place very different from where it began. I like to think of a canvas as a Petri dish in which particular elements of the culture, or composition, may thrive, even for a time, or give way to other elements. Painting has a life and force of its own, which can be very frustrating and rewarding.

What did you want to be with 13?

Stranded in deep space.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?

I'm lucky to paint professionally. I've had success with collectors and galleries, and I hope it continues. I live in rural Kentucky, away from any large city, so I have the pleasure of painting in a lush landscape while participating in the commercial art world.

What can we accept from you in 2012, any concrete plans?

There will be a show at Stricoff Gallery in NY in the spring. I'm planning to travel to Siberia, where I will teach art. I've started working on a film score for an international production which will be released in 2012.

Italian or chinese?

Italian. No contest.