Saturday, 4 December 2010

Julian Schnabel's Resurrection: Albert Finney Meets Malcolm Lowry, 1984

There's no direct correlation between creating a painting and creating a film, according to Julian Schnabel, the American artist who's a master at both.

Caught up in the process of hanging a new exhibit of his work, Julian Schnabel: Art and Film, which opens Wednesday at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the artist is non-plussed when asked to compare painting and filmmaking.

"When I make a film, it's another part of my brain — it's storytelling," he says.

"I was always interested in filmmaking. I came to films, but I don't have a career. I'm basically unemployable," says the director of Before Night Falls and the Oscar-nominated The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

Schnabel admits he loves film and it was a significant influence in his youth. Film figures and images run throughout his paintings — there are references to actor Albert Finney, to friend and director Bernardo Bertolucci, to Mickey Rourke and Norma Desmond, to Platoon, and to his own films.
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