INTERVIEW with Josh Byer – Art is a game. Play every day. Matilde Casaglia April 23, 2012 Art 000050Written by Matilde Casaglia – Art Editor – firstname.lastname@example.org Artist: Josh Byer http://www.saatchionline.com/joshbyer Josh Byer is a painter, an actor and an author. He lives in Vancouver where he did his Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Film at the Simon Fraser University. – Are you planning to organise an exhibition soon? I’d love to do a carnival-themed series. Something inspired by the penny arcade. Perhaps join forces with Circus Circus in Las Vegas. – How do you relate your three art expressions with each other? Art, like autism, is a term used to describe a wide variety of disorders. – Which one of your paintings was first sold in your career? When I was four, I filled my brother’s Radio Flyer wagon with drawings and went door to door, selling them for a penny a piece. The first picture I ever sold depicted a forest. Above the trees was Pac Man, eating dots in the sky. – Which technique do you use to make your artworks? If I have an idea, I’ll just begin. If I don’t, I’ll draw the grain of the page. Build a pattern out of what comes up. Eventually, I ask “what does that look like?” Then, I start manipulating the existing pattern. I make it conform to its associative form. Once that’s underway, I start to search for the narrative of the piece. It usually emerges. If it doesn’t, I keep rendering. And rendering. And rendering. – What would you suggest to a young painter to start his/her career with the right step? Art is a game. Play every day. Follow @positive_mag on twitter for the last updates Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Sign me up for the newsletter! Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.