Seattle based painter John Dempcy was gracious enough, in the middle of his wife opening a new shop(!), to spend some time chatting with me about his art, his process and how it all comes together. It was a great opportunity to get to know John a little better. A man of few words though left me itching to ask for more! more! more!! maybe there will be a follow up some day, for now, Enjoy!!
WC: How long have you been creating?
I have been creating art all my life. Consciously, I started at age 18.
WC: What drives you to get up every day and create?
I think it's the possibility of creating or discovering something that resonates with me in some way. For whatever reason, a turn of thought through colors and forms and compositions excites me.
WC: Reminds me of a quote from one of our other artists, Lauren Fensterstock, "I love working at home. My studio, my garden, my kitchen, and my persona life are all united. This gives me the chance to be consistent. Allowing ideas to linger across all the aspects of one's life is a great way to see how honestly they really sit." Do you find your studio and personal life to be intimately intertwined or are they fairly separate?
Things seem to be coalescing.
WC: What are you finding particularly inspiring at the moment?
Quantum physics. I'm trying to understand the mechanics behind it, but regardless, I see possibilities for paintings in there.
WC: How did you come to work with fluid acrylic.
Economic necessity. There was a time where I had little space or money to spend on painting. I started working on paper and thinning my paints to extend them. In doing so, I fortuitously happened on the marks I now employ in my painting.
WC: Do you think it's necessary for an artist to go to school for art?
No. One can study on their own. Doing the work is what is important.
WC: Is there one moment in your practice that stands out as particularly formative?
Understanding that one piece does not make or break a career.