Inside the Studio

Anne Gracia

Favorite material to work with?
I began working with pastels, then migrated to acrylics. Also, acrylic-based glazes dry faster.

What themes do you pursue?
I suppose people in the know would call it “an interior monologue.” Yet, I am quite alive to the world around me.

How many years as an artist?
10 years, more or less.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
When to hold back my brush. To leave things out. They say you moor a boat by both rowing and not rowing – or something of the sort.

Where is your studio?
I own a studio/gallery located in the old district of Arles, South of France.

Art school or self-taught?

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
Either will do.

What’s around the corner from your place? 
Hedi’s tea shop.

Where can we find you outside the studio?
At Hedi’s drinking mint tea, trying to catch my breath.

If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do?
Have a go at producing movies.

Day job?
In another life I had a go at producing movies. I try hard to get over it.

Favorite contemporary artist?
Francis Bacon.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
Any work by Francis Bacon – preferably in an empty room.

Who are your favorite writers?
Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows.

Is painting dead?
I have no idea.

Palette knifes?
Those brushes that leave an acceptable mark on the canvas, including fingers, and budget brushes.