“Exclusive Interview with Artist Lindsay Manolakos”
By Michael Aaron Gallagher
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Michael Aaron Gallagher: “How old where you when you first started painting?”
Lindsay Manolakos: “There’s a painting I did when I was seven at summer camp. We were supposed to copy a master’s work and mine was ‘Young Hare’ by Durer. I found the painting years later and looked up the original. They were surprisingly similar. I hadn’t really painted much of anything again until my junior year of college. I had to take a fine arts course and chose oil painting. I completely fell in love with it. I would have changed my major if it weren’t so late.”
Michael Aaron Gallagher: “Who are some of your biggest (artistic) influences?”
Lindsay Manolakos: “Degas and Kandinsky for their colors. Chuck Close for his precision and my all time favorite painting is Umberto Boccioni’s Dynamism of a Soccer Player.”
Michael Aaron Gallagher: “What is your favorite medium/genre/style to work in?”
Lindsay Manolakos: “I’ve only ever painted in oils and on canvas. As for styles, it’s hard for me to say for two reasons. First, because I’m easily bored and I usually switch styles between paintings. Secondly, because I never really studied art…. I’ve been informed that my work is abstract expressionist. I’ve also heard pointillism with my pixilated pieces and impressionist with my landscapes. That being said, I’m not entirely sure it’s necessary to categorize paintings. Yes, it makes it easier to compare genres, but it pigeonholes work that may not really fit anywhere.”
Michael Aaron Gallagher: “I know many artists long to create that one great painting that defines who they are, their ‘Mona Lisa.’ Describe what your ideal masterpiece would look like, if you could envision it.”
Lindsay Manolakos: “I have one piece that has a lot of me in it. Or rather, a lot of what I wish I was. It’s called ‘Spin’. It’s six feet tall and four feet wide of a golden woman, spinning freely and completely contented. I wouldn’t call it a masterpiece, but she’s my baby. It would be hard to part with her to say the least.”
Michael Aaron Gallagher: “What is your favorite color?”
Lindsay Manolakos: “Purple. It’s by far the best color there is.”
Michael Aaron Gallagher: “Is there anything that gets you in the ‘mood’ to paint, that really compels you to pick up a brush, or inspires you to focus on your work?”
Lindsay Manolakos: “I usually feel like I have to create something every day, otherwise it’s been wasted. How do you describe a compulsion like that? Maybe its fear that drives me. Fear that the idea will leave me before I catch it and it will be gone forever. Or fear that this is my one chance to contribute something and I’d like to leave something beautiful if I could manage it. It doesn’t hurt that I love the actual process of painting infinitely more than the end product of painting so I would probably do it no matter what.”
Michael Aaron Gallagher: “Do you listen to music while you work?”
Lindsay Manolakos: “I listen to everything but country. It used to be mostly chill, laid back music while I painted. I put a dent in Eddie Vedder’s soundtrack to Into the Wild and Imogen Heap, and the Shins and all that, but lately it’s been anything with a solid beat. Citizen Cope to Fall Out Boy to maybe even a little Apple Bottom Jeans. I know, I’m like a 14-year-old boy. Basically anything you’d run to, I’d paint to.”
Michael Aaron Gallagher: “If you could take a brush and an easel anywhere in the world, where would your perfect spot to paint be?”
Lindsay Manolakos: “Anywhere by the water. I could stare at the ocean for days.”
Michael Aaron Gallagher: “What is the most one of your paintings has sold for recently?”
Lindsay Manolakos: “$750, but that included the price of the van I had to rent to get it to him. This was actually a commissioned piece. A man saw me selling a painting to someone else and said he wanted it for himself. If he couldn’t have the original, can I make another, but three times the size? When I finished it and delivered it, I found out he wanted it for the lobby of his escort service. And by ‘escort service’ I of course mean brothel. There were half naked women and nervous sweaty bankers everywhere. He wanted to get high and stare at it. I politely took my cash and took off.”
Michael Aaron Gallagher: “What’s next for you?”
Lindsay Manolakos: “Right now, I’m submitting work for any and every show that is looking for work. (And some that aren’t.) I’m trying to pluck up the courage to submit to some juried competitions in galleries.”
For more information on her shows and how to contact Lindsay Manolakos visit: http://www.lindsaymanolakos.com/.
“Exclusive Interview with Artist Lindsay Manolakos”
Copyright © 2008 by Michael Aaron Gallagher
Photographs: Courtesy of Lindsay Manolakos
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