Vaux, Marc (54 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)

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    Courtney, Cathy, 1954- (speaker, female)

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    Part 54: Tape 29: Side A: [February 26, 2003] Marc Vaux [MV] comments on a recent dinner with brother; brother’s set design for Oliver; he had been resident theatre designer at Leicester for approximately six years; he married an Israeli girl, was invited to work there, went to live in Israel. MV and family have been to Seville since last recording, fourth visit, details; on museums, Velasquez, Murillo, el Caso Palace. MV comments on degree to which colours found in landscape can ever be used in painting without naturalistic associations; on the impact of environment on paintings. Comments on the verticality of recent MV work; MV has been working with squares during most of his professional involvement with painting; feels square avoids landscape and portrait associations, is more abstract; more details on recent works; describes a piece currently being worked on in his studio; opposition to verticality of overall format is provided by lines of colour within the divisions. MV describes the way in which the vertical double squares are constructed; whole structure is on MDF base, used because is smooth and inert; when spray-painted can achieve uniform, textureless, white surface; MDF easy to conserve; on the difficulties of achieving and maintaining qualities he wants with canvas; more details on techniques involving MDF; on the use of screws to hold the piece together; on the placement of the screws in the piece.

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