Tell us about your artistic aesthetic.
A: Being marketable is somewhat important,
but to live my truth is more so. I am obsessed
with my work. My muse is the humanity I
observe on a daily basis, seeing what other
artists create, and also the visual beauty
and strength of women.
Tell us how others describe your work versus
how you see it.
A: My work has so many hidden meanings.
I see five paintings in one – each
panel has its own separate story. What brings
them together is the fact that they are
all in the ‘box’. Subconsciously,
I see a cross due to the fact that I went
to private boarding school and grew up Roman
Catholic. Every Sunday my mother told me
to ‘get ready and go to church’
and that stayed in the back of my mind.
The ‘box’ also has to do with
growing up in Connecticut ‘in a box’
and feeling constrained. I wasn’t
allowed to express myself until I left home
at 17. But I prefer that people see what
they want to see, their own stories, and
if they experience emotion when looking
at my work, my job as an artist is done.
Give an example of an obstacle you have
A: There has always been a struggle to be
accepted by my peers. On the one hand, my
work is selling, but my peers are constantly
telling me ‘Don’t forget about
the struggle for greatness, don’t
forget about the movement.’ They tell
me to be part of the solution in the art
world, not part of the problem.
I ask myself this question: “If I
were to win the lottery and be financially
secured for the rest of my life, would I
still paint?” The answer is yes -
I would still have the same passion and
love. Then I ask myself: “Would I
still be painting what I am painting right
now, the Untitled Series?” And the
answer is yes. So fuck THEM. Selling work
does not equal sellout.
Guy Stanley Philoche will be featured in
the July issue of Art News, and is currently
represented by the Art Gotham Gallery in
Chelsea, NYC and the Lyssa Morgan Gallery
in Tampa, FL.