Words from Devin McGrath

Best city to visit but not to live?


What is your favorite thing about creating art?

That I can do it when I’ve been drinking

Tell us a bit about your color palette: inspiration, choice, etc….

I rarely plan what colors I’m going to use for a piece, which is probably why I would be a terrible painter.  But I always end up coming back to pink’s and turquoise.  I think I tend to use  candy colors to grab peoples attention, and sort of disguise the often sinister nature of the piece.  It’s usually not a conscious decision, but I always find myself coming back to the same colors.  I think I just go for contrast, and try to make everything really pop, but still keep it balanced as an image.

Any plans for 2011 yet?

I’m not much of a planner….I should probably start doing that.

Where’s the best Hot Dog in the city?

I don’t really eat a lot of hot dogs, but I would say that Crif Dogs on St Marks place is pretty delicious.

What was the worst Halloween costume you’ve worn?

Well, it wasn’t necessarily the worst costume….But I had a dinosaur costume that my Mum made for me when I was in kindergarten, and to keep the tail up it was sewed on to the back of the head with fishing wire.  The school had a Halloween parade, and during the parade my wire broke, and my tail was dragging on the ground.  I was devastated.  I’m pretty sure I didn’t cry though….pretty sure.

What are the kids going to dress as this year?

Probably something from Twilight?

Paul Hogan or Steve Erwin?

Steve Erwin

What is up with “Animals with F**cking Lasers”?

I really wish I knew the answer to that question, but I don’t.  It just sort of happened.  Sorry.  On multiple levels.

When you are starting on a new work what is the first step you take?

I sit and stare blankly, and run through a kaleidoscope of images in my head until I see something that might work….then I try and build it up from there.   Its really just me staring at a wall for an extended period of time.  I wish it were more interesting.

What is the best way to waste time?

So many answers to this question…..but I think the internet wins.

How does life in NYC differ from Melbourne?

I know it sounds dumb, but life in NYC really is a much faster pace.  I walk 10 times faster here than I do when I’m in Melbourne (ok, maybe only 3 times faster).  But, that being said, when I’m back in Melbourne I’ve usually been heavily sedated with beer.  That might explain why I move so slowly.

Sandwich or Burrito?

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