Yeah, yeah. I don’t need many materials. You need an idea, but the tools of oil painting are really simple. The great paintings in museums around the world are merely minerals mixed in oil, schmeared on cloth with the hair from the back of a pig’s ear (that’s where the Chinese bristle brush comes from). The famous drawings in the Albertina are merely burnt wood on parchment. You can’t get any simpler than burnt wood. For ideas, you don’t need computers or any of that business.
I don’t want to rely on electricity to see my work in any form. No cinema, no video, no nothing. Like an Egyptian tomb. All you need to see my work is to bring your own intuition and sunlight. So you can slide the cover off the tomb that my painting is in and bam! You’ll see it. Imagine how they first put light in those Egyptian tombs when they were discovered and the damn gold was still bright and shiny after thousands of years! So I think, well, if I use high-quality paint, you might discover my stuff in a cave someday and it will still look good with a little sunlight. I don’t need a power source.
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