Jonathan Prince

June 13, 2017 by Laura Gomez


Artist Interview:

Name: Jonathan Prince
Age: 58
Birthday: September 26
College: Columbia University and University of Southern California

How would you define yourself as an artist? Sculptor

Why art? How did you get involved with art? I’ve always been interested in making things and working with my hands. As a child – I had the opportunity to spend some time with the sculptor Jacques Lipchitz and after seeing what he did I was hooked.

What art do you most identify with? I identify with artists that take time to create things with care and pride. It really doesn’t matter what the medium or style is – I care about the effort.

What does “being creative” mean to you? I think that being creative is really about being fearless – having a thought or conviction – a willingness to explore that and share it with the public.

What’s the best advice you ever had about how to be more creative? Look inside yourself first – figure out who you are – find a way to be kind – find the love.

What are you trying to communicate with your art? There is so much that I am exploring but – as a common thread I think I am saying that the beauty is in the breaks – scars and chaos…. Not the perfection !

What do you see as the strengths of your pieces, visually or conceptually? I am fully engaged in the work I create and am proud of the pieces that come from our studio. I’m just sharing the love and I hope that others see it.

What themes do you pursue? Works that create a visual construct: solid looks liquid – opaque looks transparent – static looks kinetic –

What inspires you to work? I have a passion to make things and love to share the results of my work.

Color:  Black
Book:  Too many favorites to say just one – love anything by the late and great Michael Crichton.
Movie: Anything from Ridley Scott
Food: Japanese food is my go to favorite

Quote: “Inspiration is for amateurs” Chuck Close

Can we talk a bit about your process at the beginning of a project? How do you conceive of it? How do you build it in your mind before you start? I draw a concept of the piece that I want to create in photoshop – often work out details in a 3D modeling program and then bring the design into my studio and work out the details with my studio manager. We do all our own work in house which gives me the rare opportunity to always fine tune the details through the process.

What Role does the artist have in society? I think that we mostly live in a confined head space – we see the same locations – hang with the same group of people – dress in the same cloths – eat the same foods – etc., etc. I believe that art in all mediums gives us the ability to expand our world and open our minds to new possibilities.

Do you suffer for your art?  No suffering for me – just gratitude that I am able to make art and share it – what a gift !

What do you think about the art community and market? I have always been happy to even be considered a part of the contemporary art conversation – The market is what it is and I am grateful to be a participant.

Should art be funded? Why? I believe that meaningful social research should be funded – whether that is in the arts – humanities or sciences.

What famous artists have influenced you, and how?  All artists have influenced me – I think it is critically important to know what has come before us.

What other interests do you have outside of art? I’m an avid tennis player – movie goer and guitarist. I have a recording studio in my home that I am always playing with.
You seem to be very aware of the history of works. Where do you see films, photo exhibitions, art perfomances today?
I grew up in New York City and now live and work outside the city but close enough to go any time I need a cultural fix. Needless to say – I am there often.

How would your life change if you were no longer allowed to create art? Lucky for me that I was born and live in a country where I can decide what I want to do with my life. The abstraction of anything else is incomprehensible to me.

some short questions now…

Colours: The spectrum
Textures: Love textural things
Describe your style: “Define yourself”… I just try to be me with integrity
Define your art: uncompromising
Art Fairs: Always interesting to see the latest and greatest and to be a participant
Museums: Dia Beacon in NY – The Louisiana in Copenhagen – Guggenheim Bilbao – the list goes on !!
Cities: New York, London, Barcelona (I’m not just saying that to be gratuitous) Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, on and on and on …..

Travels: Anywhere I can go to see, taste, experience something new.

Artists: Anish Kapoor, Richard Serra, Giuseppe Penone , Anselm Kiefer, Isamu Nogouchi, on and on and on ….

Music:Love all sorts of music from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Chinmaya Dunster (can’t be any more eclectic)

Cars: Early Ford Bronco (I have a 1976), Land Rover Defender

Mobile App: Instagram addict

Who are the artist’s you admire the most? The ones who’s work looks honest !

What are your next projects? Too many to talk about – we are always very busy I’m happy to say.

Define Klassik Magazine for the audience? Impressive content!