20 questions to featured artist Fred Michiels.
1: Who are you?
2: What is your background?
a learning-by-doing model
3: Where were you born?
4: Explain your work in up to 40 words.
Modest in scale, moody in atmosphere and sumptuous in surface.
Abstract confections for the eye and puzzles for the mind with some urgent themes
5: How has your practice changed over time?
Yes from figurative to fully abstract
6: Do you have a favourite medium to work in?
oil, acrylic and spraypaint
7: Do you pursue any themes? If so what?
the most recent theme is: “About an anti-genocide fire-fighter with credit cards and a good cigar.”
8: What other jobs have you done/do you do other than being an artist?
teacher, editor and writer about art and artists
9: What research do you do for your art?
The Fibonacci sequence
And everything about new Galaxies and The concept of (auto) massacre in times of crisis.
10: What makes you angry?
Turning the other cheek is out of the question. We All Can’t Die in Bed!
11: What is your favourite colour?
green earth, lemon yellow and pink
12: What is your favourite piece that you have produced?
All I can do is produce misery. (with a good cigar) 2016-2017
13: What music/album are you currently listening to?
everything of Sun Ra, The Soft Machine and Richard Wagner
14: What makes you happy?
a good cigar
15: What are your favourite films?
Fellini 8 and a half
16: Favourite place?
home with my family and my studio
17: One or more artists you like?
Mike Kelley, Helen Frankenthaler, Martin Kippenberger, El Greco
18: What is your favourite word?
19: Professionally what is your goal?
My struggle for liberation
20: What would your dream commission be?
Without complexes or affectations but with a good cigar!