Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Anthony Cudahy

Amazing work by Anthony Cudahy. 
Been a fan of his for quite some time. He has an amazing sense of lines, color, and form and I'm really happy he answered a few questions for my blog.

Interview after the jump.

When did you decide that you were going to make art your career?
I'd say towards the end of high school. I feel like I was pretty aimless up to that point. Then, once that decision was made, all of my natural obsessive and anxious tendencies set in and I really focused.
What type of media do you usually use?
Lately, I've been very focused on water-based media, especially ink. There's something to the extreme black that india ink gives. I also found that using watercolor allows me to open up and experiment more, whereas with something like oil paint I haven't been able to get over the mental hurdle that the piece must be perfect. I end up falling back on doing things the way I'm accustomed to doing them. I've really been trying to not keep making the same work, so I go through stages of using different media that initially I have no idea what potentially they could do.

Who are some of your favorite artists?
David Lynch and Fellini, Marina Abramovic, Gerhard Richter, Balthus, Marlene Dumas. I could go on and on, all the way to like David Foster Wallace or Joanna Newsom.

I know you are quite a young artist also, what advice would you give to other artists your age?

Oh man, this question makes me feel all kinds of uneasy. I feel like I go through stages of knowing everything and then knowing next to nothing; right now I feel as inexperienced as someone could be. There's also the giving other people advice thing, but...
The best advice I know is to keep on keeping on. It can be extremely hard to continually make yourself create, inspiration-wise and physically. I know how difficult it can be to come home from working all day and then to try to work on your own stuff. There's a lot of tiredness, there's a lot of inertia to push through. It really is just about pushing through and doing it. That's probably as far from the popular idea of the inspired artist as I can get, but that's how I've been able to make work.


  1. I love the woman laying down, stunning.

  2. Check out more of his paintings on his website. His oils and watercolors are just as great as his ink work.