a)William Powhida, Brooklyn, NY, 31 years old.
q) Do you have any formal training?
a)Yes, a BFA from Syracuse University and an MFA in painting from Hunter College. It was a nice trajectory, Syracuse offered an education while Hunter had fabulous studio space and the art world around the corner.
q) Did the place you grew up in influence your image making?
a)Yes. My mom went back to school to study art when she saw how much I enjoyed drawing things as a kid.Through her I spent a lot of time in the studios at Skidmore College in Saratoga, NY when I was young and started drawing the figure there at night when I was sixteen. My friends were only interested in the fact that I drew naked women, so I knew early on I had to find another place to make work.
q) How do you come up with your concepts?
q)What other mediums would you like to explore in your image making?
a)I am starting work on a graphic novel collaboration with a writer named Jeff Parker and I'm looking to make part of lost film about William Powhida. If anyone is interested in portraying him, send me a head shot and a short statement about a moment where you despised your own existence.
q)What is the best time in the day for you to work on a project? Is there one, or is it more about the environment -- maybe the right mood?
q) What are your artistic influences?...and …generally who or what influences you the most?
q) Who are some of your favourite artists/designers/photographers?
q) What is your next project?Exhibition?Collaboration?
q)What are your plans for the future?
q)Are there some web sites that You would like to recomend? Artists, art communities, xxx,...!?
q)What sort of music do you listen to?
a)Right now I've just been creating stations on Pandora, but my favorite right now is Midlake, a concept album band out of Texas.
That and I bought a record player to listen to old Blues albums on.
q)Do you collect anything?If so what?
q)What do you do for fun?
q)Any advice you can pass onto aspiring artists/designers?