KARIM HAMID

annuntiare-26CH.89: If you were to categorize or describe the style of your artwork, what would it be and why?

KH: I refer to my paintings as a ‘psychic archaeology’ – it is the method by which I repeatedly strip away the person viewed while simultaneously building up their spirit…. or at least this is what I attempt to do.

CH.89: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

KH: Watching people and daydreaming mostly.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about what your creative thought process is like when starting a new project/ piece of artwork?

KH: I focus on the subject and throw it together quickly before I can doubt myself, then I methodically take it to pieces. Like a boxer, you go in and throw some punches, step back quickly and assess – then go in again. All the while you hope you don’t get trapped against the ropes or sucker punched.

CH.89: Is there anything in particular that you would want people to take from your artwork?

KH: Something life affirming… something that might say to them in some small way that they are not alone on this planet – others might see what they see.

CH.89: Can you talk a little bit about your lifestyle as an artist and what that is like?

KH: Humbling every day – and thankful to be still doing it as I near 50 years old. I wait and I watch… waiting and watching. Otherwise, I’m worrying.

CH.89: When starting out an artistic task, do you think it is better to have a particular direction/set plan guiding your way? Or, is it better to act on impulse and go from there?

KH: You set out in detail your best available plan, then spend the rest of the day undoing it – sometimes to good effect.

CH.89: What is one major lesson you’ve learned as an artist thus far?

KH: I have learned that the real art is not in making things, but surviving long enough to do it in the first place.

CH.89: Do you regard personal style & taste to be of highest importance?

KH: I don’t believe I have much style or taste. Instead, I rely on my opinion.

CH.89: What do you consider to be the hardest thing about being an artist?

KH: We are in the same division as politicians, taxi drivers, and prostitutes (not necessarily in that order).

CH.89: What is one thing you love about being an artist?

KH: That even the above mentioned professions fail often to take us seriously.

CH.89: Is there anyone in particular, any artist’s that inspire you in any way?

KH: My mother, who was never an artist in the particular sense of the definition. Nonetheless, she never took a day laying down. And in the traditional sense of the definition – I gained much from Carravagio and Bacon.

CH.89: What do you think of technology in terms of being a useful tool for artists today?

KH: The internet means I can stand on more than one corner at any one time, just watching. And, that screen grab thing is amazingly useful!

CH.89: Do you enjoy traveling? If so, do you have a favorite city?

KH: Oh, I love traveling and always have. Amsterdam (for different reasons than you might think) and Paris (for all the reasons you might think) I am most sentimental about – but they only just barely win out over many other places I have seen.

CH.89: Do you have a favorite author or book?

KH: Louis-Ferdinand Céline – ‘Journey to the End of the Night’

CH.89: Any future goals or plans for your artwork?

KH: Hang on and hope for the best

CH.89: What does being an artist mean to you?

KH: All the mixed emotions in the world.

CH.89: Any last words on the aesthetic of your artwork?  

KH: I know it may sound cliche – but I find that Shakespeare put it best: ‘To be or not to be…..’ – I’m sure you know the rest… and if not, you should.

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