10 Quick questions with artist Martin Law (Painter of Paradise): Devonport Architecture of Land & Sea
1. How did you coin up the term “Painter of Paradise”?
I have been a Painter all of my life and I believe New Zealand to be a Paradise so I became the Painter of Paradise.
2. If you could master one tool/skill, what would it be?
I wish to skillfully play the flute.
3. What’s your usual art making process/how do you work?
The journey starts by finding the building, photographing then making a small sketch, colour sampling and recording of conversations. The process of production then begins.
4. What are some challenges and perks of being an artist?
The big challenge is to create all the paintings I have ideas for. The big perk is to find beauty that might be overlooked.
5. Which 3 artists (dead/alive) would you like to have dinner with?
Zaha Hadid, Architect. Franz Kline, Architectural expressionism unmatched. John Masters, my school art teacher. He believed in me to become an artist.
6. What advice would you give to a younger Martin starting out in the creative industry?
Keep doing what you do.
7. What would you like to achieve within the next 10 years?
To be well on my way to creating a large collection of paintings of incredible New Zealand architecture for the Painter of Paradise project.
8. What are 5 most important items/tools in your studio?
An electric adjustable table and drawing board with a shock absorbing floor mate beneath. A satisfying pencil sharpener, brush, scalpel and a radio tuned to 95bfm.