As an avid art lover I am always on the lookout for something new.  It is so rare to really find a medium that is as unusual as what today’s artist extraordinaire has created.  This talented man’s work is cosmically captivating.  Enjoy getting to know…

William Loveless

Joshua Tree, California

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What is your training?

I received my MFA from California State University, Fullerton in 1990. From there it was the school of hard knocks in the Los Angeles art scene, early 90′s.

As far as my glue paintings are concerned, I’ve been self-trained in a technique of my own invention – meeting all the difficulties of an untried medium with no precedent. This has entailed 20 years of trial and error with no one to turn to for advice or counsel. I’m very much a pioneer in my own field of research and experimentation.

What inspires you and your designs?

For the most part, I’m inspired by my own curiosity. I enjoy being a catalyst for beautiful events, and once a favorable reaction is encountered it becomes a formula that can be repeated in a manner that best showcases the result. The finished pieces are basically reference charts for future research.

  1. I’m inspired by theoretical physics as well, and what it tells us about the expansive nature of reality, producing all the patterns we see around us at the very largest and smallest scales. How does this inform human nature? How do we fit into this?
  2. Visual inspiration – Jackson Pollock (process and art as action), Andy Warhol and comic strips (sequential imagery), and pretty much any old movie featuring a mad scientist.

What is your favorite piece?

My favorite piece is usually my latest. Here are two. One is the more expansive and one is the more intimate.

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“#1420″, 36″ x 36″, Ink and watercolor suspended in polyvinyl resin glue on cradled wood panel

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“#1422″, 8″ x 8″, Ink and watercolor suspended in polyvinyl resin glue on cradled wood panel

How has the your area influenced your work?

I live in the Joshua Tree area of the Mojave desert of Southern California. It is open and arid, with variable environmental conditions. I work with these conditions, and they have a great deal of influence at the moment of creation, determining the outcome of each expansion event within the wet glue cells. My studio is uninsulated, in communication with conditions outside.

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What is your favorite restaurant in (your city)?

Pappy and Harriets, a famous cantina nearby in Pioneertown

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What is your favorite cocktail?

The Modernista.

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How do you balance personal life and work?

The nature of my work and its dependence on environmental factors requires a regular schedule. The layered beds that make up the surface are poured in the late afternoon to take advantage of the higher humidity at night, allowing slow, even drying. The expansion events in the wet cells are dropped in the morning to dry slowly into the less humid afternoon. It’s pretty easy to balance work and play time, since they’re clearly segregated (though in my mind, the work never really stops). The process of expansion shuts down during cold weather, so my winter months are free for contemplation and research.

The work itself is very exacting and demanding, like a carefully orchestrated performance, since the translucent surface is uncorrectable if there is any kind of mistake. Taking a break after a couple of hours is required for my own sanity.

Dream trip?

I’d like to travel in time – backward, forward, fast and slow.

Dream commission?

I don’t really care for commissions unless they suggest an interesting direction I haven’t considered before. I prefer to follow my own path as my curiosity leads me; learn from the experience, take notes, then offer my results to collectors to fund further research. It’s a beautiful kind of circle.

Your favorite host / hostess gift to give?

Dark chocolate.

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Who is your style icon?

Steve McQueen.

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Your favorite up and coming artist?

Bob Jones  – Every painting a spontaneous and sincere investigation.

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What is your most treasured possession?

My studio.

What are you reading?

A Universe From Nothing”, by Lawrence M. Krauss – an excellent guide to the current state of cosmology. I’m also enjoying “The Measure of Reality, Quantification and Western Society, 1250-1600”, by Alfred W. Crosby. It traces the origins of new ways of thinking about math, science, music, and art.

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What are you listening to?

I love Scott Joplin rags – the complex counterpoint in syncopation.

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Louis Armstrong‘s hot 20′s jazz records are the very embodiment of experimental innovation.

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What are your favorite blogs / publications?

I enjoy random art blogs, but don’t really follow any. I do like to peruse science magazines, especially Astronomy

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and Scientific American.

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Enjoy the beautiful and mesmerizing works of William Loveless…

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