Artist Michael Gittes was born and raised in Los Angeles. He never uses a brush. His process and technique are complicated and he uses many tools to achieve his unique stroke, but a syringe filled with paint is his most important instrument. His paintings are inspired by western history and culture. He enables the viewer to see and understand well-known figures or events in a unique fashion separate from historical text or photographs.
Did you have breakfast today?
If Pringles at 3 PM is considered breakfast, I certainly did.
What is your favorite instrument?
Either a permanent marker or an eraser. Definitely not a brush.
What is your least favorite sound?
Whatever wakes me up.
If you didn’t live in LA, where would you live?
On an asteroid.
What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
Chris Brown’s “Turn Up The Music” and Jenelle from Teen Mom 2.
What is your biggest demon?
What a serious question. If I keep thinking about it, I’m going to be in a bad mood.
What is your happy place?
I don’t know, but thinking about it got me out of the rut the last question put me in.
What is your least favorite food?
My mom’s wheat pasta. I’m sorry mom, I love you (your turkey burgers really are great, though).
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
I don’t want it on record.
What puts you to sleep at night?
Ironically, the same thing that gets me out of bed in the morning.
Who’s your celebrity crush?
Tie between Ava Gardner and Gene Tierney.
Who is your hero?
Who is your favorite artist?
I can’t say who my favorite artist is; so many have influenced or inspired me in different ways. But I’ll list a few: Magritte, Lichtenstein, Kandinsky, Rembrandt, and Vinny van Gogh.
Why do you make art?
I seem to enjoy it.
How much do you love Tappan?
I’d take a bullet for either of them.
To pick up a print of MIchael Gittes’ “Massachusetts,” go here.