Vaux, Marc (71 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 71: Tape 38: Side A: Marc Vaux [MV] comments on fireworks and having them as a child. MV comments on his Arts Council grant in 1977 and his time during that period; mentions he’s doing a photographic archive of his work; more details on this and on reminiscing about his work; critical of previous work; problems with looking at photographs of his work as opposed to “properly presenting” them; more variety in more recent work than in his work in the sixties; on the internal scale of the elements in his works both then and now; more on how his archive is being built up; mentions several works he destroyed from the sixties though he’s including photographs of them in the archive; MV mentions he documents all of his work photographically, even ones that he later destroys. MV comments on building his works like a “sculptor”; remarks that he takes a long time to finish a work. Comments on a work he’s currently painting; on colour in the work and the use of paints; mentions Jill’s response to the work. Discussion of the process of a painter and relationships. On “when a piece is finished” – ‘communicating’ with a piece; more on current works in progress. Comments on Barnett Newman [BN] and the scale of his paintings; remarks on BN’s last show at the Tate Modern; remarks that BN’s bigger works are better than the smaller ones – believes large scale is an American invention; mentions seeing mural in the Pantheon in Rome; MV interested in examining his ideas of scale; compares painting scale to scale in poetry – haiku versus epic poems. Comments on his last show at Bernard Jacobson’s gallery. Comments on his “painting wall”, where he works; mentions painting this wall pale gray. On colour in his work; on use of acrylic paints; on three-dimensional paintings; on doing “enclosures” – depth paintings.

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