While doing links for Darrell Van Citter's "Magoo" article on the previous page, I came to the website of David Weidman, a background painter for UPA, and specifically "Magoo's Christmas Carol". I was so floored by his prints, I HAD to buy one. And then I HAD to get him for featured artist. Thank you, David, for taking time to answer some questions, and a big FLIP thanks to David's daughter Lenna for her help.
- Steve Moore, King of FLIP
FLIP: Does your artwork fit a genre? How would you describe your art?
DAVID: I can tell you that I am influenced by aspects of Matisse, Ben Shahn, Norman Rockwell, Holbein, Papa Picasso and Mother Nature. I don't know whether I fit into a particular genre. After all of these influeces go through my nervous system they come out Weidman.
FLIP: Where did you learn print making? Do you have a mentor? Contemporaries?
DAVID: I learned printmaking by doing printmaking, making prints and exploring the characteristics of the medium. The basics were imparted to me by Dorothy (my wife), who had, had some experience with the silk screen medium.
My mentors were the artists listed above in addition to many others. They opened up avenues of exploration for me.
FLIP: The works on your website are from the 60's and 70's. What about the 80's, 90's, 00"s?
DAVID: My printmaking endeavors began in the '60's and went into the '70's. In the '80's I went into clay. This continued into the '90's and 2000's.
FLIP: How did you come to create your pieces? Describe your process
DAVID: When I started silk screening I was immitating the characteristics of the painting medium I had been working in. As I gained experience in the silk screen process, my images were affected and changed by the medium.
That's what I do. I make art. It meets my emotional and financial needs. I have always managed by doing art of one kind or another. In the 80's I did clay purely for pleasure. I did not depend on it for survival. The constant challenge is to make art, whether painting, printing or clay, that pleases me.
FLIP: How do you feel about the current generation of retro animation that hat borrows so heavily from the 50's and 60's styles?
DAVID: I don't really know about it. My primary interest in animation was in the graphics. I was never that involved in animation itself. I was only interested in animation to the extent that it gave me a way to practice my image making.
Artwork for this article is the property of David Weidman.