Vaux, Marc (35 of 76).  National Life Stories: Artists' Lives

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    2000-09-13, 2003-02-06, 2003-02-27, 2003-03-27, 2003-06-26, 2003-10-15, 2003-11-05

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    Interviewee's studio, London

  • Interviewees

    Vaux, Marc, 1932- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)

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    Part 35: Tape 19: Side A: Marc Vaux [MV] comments further on colour field effect and wanting to make chromatic expressions but knew that one colour alone was self-defeating – problem of how to use colour; remarks on MV’s lecture on the problem with examples from US painting (early Larry Poons); on using small element in colour field to encourage closer inspection of painting and ultimately to give viewer experience of monochromatic colour when eye returns from small element to main colour field; on the dynamic exercise of viewing painting. Comments on his attitude to brush strokes at this period and using acrylic; on developing colour “like a market gardener”. Comments on Ted Powers painting in Tate. On MV eventually moving to spray rather than brush; MV has builder’s paint chart framed; MV eliminated white between colour blocks in own work because white would have been a neutral. MV gives further details regarding attitude to brush strokes; Velasquez, Matisse, Soutine, Cezanne, Expressionists, Elsworth Kelly, Albers; on MV’s own sensibility; on evidence of the human hand not being necessary, the brush stroke. MV comments on looking forward to starting work each morning; on working and doing household tasks; MV does housework and every day goes shopping after picking up daughter from school; shares cooking with wife; Jill (his wife) at work all day. MV remarks that he smoked cigarettes from age 19 to 40; also smoked cannabis in the 1960s; mentions his father died of lung cancer.

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