Francisco G Pinzón Samper

The inaugural artist of The Orange Space is Francisco G Pinzón Samper. We asked him about his work with a short Q&A. Interview by James Owens.
Published June 18, 2019

JO: Hi Francisco – what ideas are you exploring in your practice?

FGPS: The two big ideas that surround my work are intimacy and symbols, I try to narrate my contemporary and at the same time create an echo to the past. The work needs to be personal, it has to mirror the icons of my life and at the same time the icons of humanity. –

JO: What is your process when making work?

FGPS: It needs to occupy 90% of my time, either thinking about it or actually producing it. I find it easier to work in the morning, after breakfast, starting with some sketches to wake up my arm and hand and connecting them to my brain. I draw/paint till the work is done. The nights are for thinking.

After the work is done I put it right beside my bed, and stare at it for hours, all of a sudden a conversation between the work and me, he tells things I didn’t know about the subject and I tell him what were my goals with his production. (Most of the time he enlightens me with surprises from the deepest places of my subconscious.)

JO: Where do you take inspiration from?

FGPS: Everyday life, my surroundings, my friends, my girlfriend, my family. In this last series my home was my muse, my dishes, my chair, my workplace posed form me. I try to find coincidences and turn them into poems.

From an exterior point of view I try to really digest everything I see, hear, smell or touch – it’s difficult to analyse everything but it’s fun to try doing it.

JO: Name three of your favourite artworks and why?

FGPS: I adore “The Game of Croquet” (or Twilight) by Pierre Bonnard finished in 1892. The space gets distorted by the scene and characters occupying it either to make it easy to eye or decorative, the simplification that Bonnard makes of the human figure gives them this happiness and silliness that echoes with the dancing kids in the background (early ”Joie de Vivre” by Matisse), I also find very mysterious and cool the engraving ”The Selling of the Shadow” by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner – love the subject, he was illustrating this German book/myth of this guy Peter Schlemihls that sold his shadow to the devil for an endless wallet and lived the consequences.

For the third one I’d like to mention this photograph of Mario Giacomelli, ”There are no hands to caress.” I’m in love with that composition, the emptiness of the white resembles paper and I like to imagine the characters as notes in a sheet of music, also an echo to ”Joie de Vivre” by Matisse, interesting…

Discover more of Francisco’s work on Instagram @sanfranciscodebogota

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