Please tell us your name and where you practice.
Jeffrey Isaac – I also use several pseudonyms for different purposes. I work in a large well-lit studio on a hilltop in Umbria, Italy and in my mind when I’m not there.
Why do you do paint?
Not by choice. I’ve done so since I was a child — studied and practiced it all my life.
How do you work?
I concoct projects for which the prospect of seeing them realized will sustain the 99% sweat involved in executing them.
What’s your background?
I was born in NY, grew up in Switzerland, returned to the States for art school, did a year in London, spent 10 years in the downtown underground in NYC, and then moved to Italy.
What role does the artist have in society?
Investigating and commenting on aspects of human nature and existence.
What was a seminal experience for you?
Having a piece banned for blasphemy, indicating the power of public images.
How has your practice changed over time?
Technological tools have helped increase productivity.
What art do you most identify with?
Any that mirrors my current interests, regardless of period or style.
What’s your favorite memory of childhood?
Discovering the self-contained pleasure of making art.
What themes do you pursue?
Displacement, incongruity, juxtaposition…
Describe a real-life situation that inspired you…
My inspiration comes afterward, reflecting on images I collect and process from it.
What’s been your most embarrassing moment?
Dealing with the public aspects of being an artist.
What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
Fortunately not many. Artist’s assistant and some design & photo jobs.
What responses have you had to your work?
All over the board over the decades. Enough positive ones to keep me going.
What research do you do?
I take lots of photos and scour the internet.
What is your dream project?
Something large and public with collaborators and assistants.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
Don’t show in pay-to-participate exhibitions.
What couldn’t you do without?
My family and my freedom.
What makes you angry?
Stupidity, incompetence and narrow-mindedness.
What’s your worst quality?
An aversion to marketing my wares.
Dogs or cats?
Making art is a lot like being on lsd. Know what I mean?
Absolutely, but I’d put it more like skinny-dipping in the sub-conscious.
What does “copy” mean?
To reproduce without interpretation.
What’s your favorite cuss word?
“Cazzo di Budda”, Italian for Buddha’s prick – I’m told it’s fairly mild.
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