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Below, Andy Warhol, If I Were Ed Ruscha, I’d Be A Beauty, oil, acrylic and silver leaf on canvas, 2008

CT: The Malibu years. Your studio was tucked away in the creek bed up Las Flores Canyon in the 90’s - the historic Rock House. AVP: It was owned by gallerist Jim Corcoran - I loved it there. It was paradise for me, to be there with that studio, with my dogs, painting in the woods and then taking the dogs to the beach every day. It was perfect. But it was a bit isolating. It’s probably better for me to be where I am now; mystudio now is more central and it’s easy for people to drop by. I’d behappy to go days without seeing anyone, but that’s probably not healthy. CT: Lets discuss inspiration and appropriation… AVP: Regarding appropriation: Appropriation is the highest form of flattery. But it’s dirty if you don’t show respect to the artists you copy or are influenced by. Be up front. Say thank you. Right now I’m looking at a lot of young artists and it’s having a big impact on me. It’s exciting. It’s the evolution of art history. I’m happy to credit everyone who’s influenced me. I’d already been blurring stuff for years when I saw Richter in the 80’s. I was shamelessly trying to copy Francis Bacon, not Richter, but that didn’t work. Once I did see Richter I had a lot of mixed feelings. I was a little crushed, because I had thought I was so original - and he’s a freaking Art God. But it was also encouraging - he made me feel like what I was doing was legitimate. But I also had to find a way to distinguish myself. I can get comfortable and I like repetition - I can paint the same thing a hundred times, trying to get it right. So it’s good for me when something pushes me. For years I didn’t let anything influence me, I wanted to perfect what I was doing. Of course I could chase that forever, but I finally got bored! I’m trying new things now. After 30 years!

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