Interview With Mike Van Meter

   148 Mins  Oil on canvas 8 x 10 in.

148 Mins
Oil on canvas
8 x 10 in.

Could you give us a brief introduction to who you are and what kind of work you make?
I bartend. I like to golf. I have a beer cellar. I make paintings mostly.

Where do you gather most of the inspiration for your works?
Living. Doing shit. Experiencing things. Knowing what I hate

   Can I Ash on Your Floor  Oil on canvas 8 x 10 in.

Can I Ash on Your Floor
Oil on canvas
8 x 10 in.

What is your most important artist tool? Is there something you can’t live without in your studio
Thoughts. Going too far with an idea then painting it. Write shit down. I think having a couch is the best. And other shit to sit on. You can make a move, sit down, look at it. Leave it. Come back. Put it in a box. Go on the internet, watch a movie, stare at the painting more. Go to your other chair. Look at another painting. Time is a real important tool. Don’t plan things, just do them. People can tell.

What types of obstacles have you run into in your artistic practice and how do you go about navigating around them?
Moving. Working. Finding time to create. Having space to make shit. I just moved again into an apartment w my girlfriend and have a corner in the living room so it'll be much easier now. She gave me enough stretchers to make like 50 little guys. Shes awesome. Paint on a wall, that’s where you're hanging it right?

   Emporium  Oil on canvas 12 x 16 in.

Oil on canvas
12 x 16 in.

What do you feel are the recurring themes in your visual work?  
Life. Anybody can relate to that. Not that they need to. Solitude.

Is there a particular artist you feel you relate to? Who are your role models (artists or non-artists)?
I love Joe Bradley, Michael Cline is great too, I worked in a studio across the hall from him last summer and we talk frequently. Real cool dude. My mom. Farrell brickhouse is awesome. I want to trade paintings with him

What is the best piece of artistic advice you’ve been given?
‘What about you is in your work? ’ –Jose Lerma

Surface. Jose and Tyson Reeder were big on this with me while I was in school. Have fun. Do shit you wanna do.