Interview: Dimitri Papatheodorou @ Art Toronto 2012

I was listening to Q this morning and Jian Ghomeshi had trouble with pronouncing a guest’s last name because – as he put it – he got “intimidated” by the spelling as the interview started even though he had prepared by practicing the name. That made me feel better as I have done this many times, often with familiar names. It’s the part of the interview that I dread the most.

Not only is Dimitri gracious, but this became a topic of the interview for the first 10 minutes and somehow, oddly, tied in rather logically with our respective painting / media practice.

Also – I committed a gaff: I used the term “Westernize” when discussing the history of immigrants to Canada changing their family names. Not the right term, especially when referring to Greece as something other than being part of western civilization.

The video with all that sheen reflecting does not do these paintings justice, but Dimitri talking about his classical painting technique of glazing with oils, combined with his architect’s thinking about how we inhabit space, casts some additional light on these subtle works.

A very enjoyable conversation between two artists more than an interview, but that’s what I hope for now as I’ve evolved as an art blogger over the last three years. Love to have Dimitri co-hosting on some video reviews- as a matter of fact he offered to turn the camera on me for an interview and I was shocked. First time in 100’s of interviews someone offered to do that! Ha!

via Elan Fine Art

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