Exclusive Interviews with Clark Britton and Wayne Thiebaud

Last week, a Wichita Art Museum representative sat down with Clark Britton and Wayne Thiebaud to discuss their styles, visions, and techniques. Learn more about the story behind their art and be sure to check out their exhibits at the Wichita Art Museum.

Clark Britton

Wichita Art Museum: Clark tell us a bit about some of your latest pieces?
Clark Britton: Well, I recently created several works that were made up of cuts in paper using an exacto knife. This method I never intended on sharing with the public. My works I really just wanted to keep for myself. They are mostly small pieces of paper that I have made precise cut-outs with to produce a visually appealing image.

WAM: Why do you usually stick with small scale pieces?
CB: I feel the smaller pieces are more intimate and special. I can’t really feel that connected to a piece that is too grand and big.

WAM: What did you originally intend for the paper cuts to be used for if you didn’t intent on sharing them with the public.
CB: Well, I really was using the paper cut-outs as stencils for photoshop. When I was done with the cutouts I put them into a giant drawer and didn’t really use them again. It’s crazy to think that these are now on display.

Clark Britton’s exhibit, Past and Present: Wichita’s Legacy and Today’s Creatives, runs now through June. Learn more details here.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wichita Art Museum: Wayne, tell us a bit about your style.
Wayne Thiebaud: You know people will try and say i was pop-artist, but i really don’t like labeling what someone days. I am just an old-fashioned painter. I used a lot of bright colors and images. I had a fascination with making commonplace items beautiful. This is a concept you see in most of my works.

WAM: Who are some artists you really value?
WT: Oh, I would have to say Picasso has always been such an inspiration to me. I think Chardin is another big influence in my life and in my taste. He was never around in my life but I think we would have gotten along great. \ I really don’t care much for Warhol. I think his works are flat and dull for my taste.

WAM: Why did you focus on food and pastries?
WT: What’s not to love about pastries. I guess I wanted my works to appeal to the american lifestyle and those images just captured that essence really well.

WAM: Why do you not like to associate with the Pop Art style?
WT: I think that when I first started out I just was painting. I wasn’t any particular style, just a painter. I really was at the beginning of the pop art style too so have never taken much consideration of the name. I’m a painter and that’s it.

Come quick! Wayne Thiebaud’s exhibit, Shiny Sticky, Smooth: Pop Art and the Senses ends January 30th. Check it out before it’s too late.