Fred Smilde

Born in: Westerly, RI USA

Lives in: Attleboro, MA USA

Media: Painting

Describe your work in 2 words: Fluid tensility

See More Work:

Dead End Street - Oil on stretched canvas 40 x 30 x 1.5 in.

"Though many of my paintings may appear abstract, I do not consider myself an abstract painter as many, if not all, my paintings are rooted in the human figure. Primarily I just try to organize space in an interesting way with the hope that in the end can get some decent and meaningful pictures."

What themes does your work involve?
Almost exclusively the figure.
Describe your creative process.
I guess finding or looking for possibilities in chance. Once found go with it and if it does not work start again.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
De Kooning has always been a big influence, as to why I make "art"- simply put - I need to do something.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
I think you would have ask people who look at it or listen to it. Cannot say I am really concerned with art at all - for me what is important is honesty and consistency of thought.
What is the role of the artist today?
I am not a painter who seeks to deliver a "message", "preach" or anything similar. I approach painting from a purely "painterly" point of view. Not sure "artists" ever had a role - they do what they do - what happens after is entirely out of their hands. Spectators or listeners determine a role if any; not the "artist".

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