A Painter’s Life by K.B. Dixon (Inkwater Press, 2009), 152 pages
As the title suggests, this book is a peek inside the life of a fictional painter. Each chapter contains excerpts from the unpublished journals of artist Christopher Freeze, as well as excerpts from interviews and reviews. Actually each chapter consists of these brief, often mostly unconnected snippets, prefaced by a brief introduction.
Really a quirky, unusual book. Difficult to pin down, to describe and wrap my head around. Sort of Art School Confidential: The Later Years.
For such a thin volume, it took me much longer to read than I expected it would; the author uses big words — not unknown words but big words and in unusual combinations.
I absolutely loved the near-constant references to real (not fictional) artists; this kept me on my toes and asking my husband who such-and-so was, what kind of style he/she worked in. I also enjoyed the look inside the mind of a painter. It was certainly interesting, to say the least.
The unanswerable question — What is art? — comes up more than once.
For an art lover, this is definitely a quick, fun read.
A Painter’s Life is a finalist for the 2010 Eric Hoffer
Award, for short prose and independent books.
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