Getting to Know: Chad Smalt

12/26/09 Chad Smalt

 When did you start painting or drawing or doing whatever it is that makes up your work?

 I messed around with art in highschool but didn’t look at it seriously until I took drawing 1 with Dave Higgins. 

 What artist or artists do you consider as having the greatest influence on your work?

Marty Poole, Dave Higgins, most directly but beyond that lots of punk and hardcore bands from the mid 90s.

  Do you have any influences, artistic or otherwise, that might surprise those familiar with your work?

 I’m not sure many people would guess that I listen to lots of metal and hardcore when I paint. 

 What was the best advice you ever received that has helped you with your art?

 It’s gonna be long, it’s gonna be hard, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life. (movie clip from Shai Hulud album)

 If you could only pass along one piece of advice to a young artist, what would that be?

 If you don’t care about it, don’t do it. 

 Do you listen to music when you work? If so, could you share a few titles or artists?

          Shai Hulud, Hot water music, Strung out, North, Misery signals, Roseline, Russian circles, Burst, Soilwork, Inflames, There will be fireworks, Sigur ros, Envy, Darkest Hour, A death in the family, Anberlin

 Favorite book?    

        ” The Trial” by Kafka 

 Favorite movie? 

       The Lovers on the Bridge. 

 Favorite local performance?

The Red Death’s various reunion shows.

6 /26/10 / Chad Smalt

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