Sam Friedman is an artist whose work we’ve always been appreciative of. In anticipation of his show at Kinfolk’s new space tonight (4/18), we dipped inside his studio to get a look at where he creates and talked a little bit of art with him.
So… when did you move into this studio?
I moved into my studio in June 2012.
Let’s say you meet a person and tell them you’re an artist. They ask you “what kind of art do you make?” You say…?
I make paintings.
When did you first consider yourself an artist? Do you remember making things as a kid?
I was always drawing and making things as a kid, and have considered myself an artist for as long I was old enough to have an identity.
Your dad helps you make canvases, right?
Yeah, he has been making a lot of my panels for over a decade now.
All of these paintings are very tropical, which is a really cool thing these days. How long have you been making paintings incorporating this trendy theme? How’d you decide on it?
Hahahaha. I try not to make them tropical, but I do paint beaches. All of mine are based off the northeast, so your not going to find a palm tree or anything. I started painting beaches in August of 2008 after watching a storm roll in to the Rockaways at sunset on my wife’s birthday. In the moment, the scene reminded me of the abstract paintings I was doing at the time, so I just took the same language and made a landscape painting the next week.