|I am not keen on buying canvases which have already been sized, they frighten me; while I prepare them, I prepare myself too. In fact, this work takes time and I enjoy this moment when I think of nothing. So it takes my mind of worrying about what I am going to paint...
Stretching a canvas is all I ever learned at the Beaux-Arts. I never use clips, I stretch it with my hands. All this manual work keeps my anxiety at bay.
|The collage means there is something on the canvas, and now, I am no longer afraid of starting...|
The collage gives me something to lean on to begin with, but I shall probably challenge it, obliterate it, destroy it. I like to imagine that it will gradually be covered up and become the underlaying, secret heart of my painting.
Do you want to watch Robert Brandy during his work?
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The new studio is not only the perfect place for Robert Brandy to compose his paintings but it's also a fountain of quietness and contemplation. Here he assembles everything around himself, everything that really counts for him in addition to his family: His collection of British Sports Cars, the big ones well-maintained and roadworthy, the small ones in tiny boxes and behind glass, his collection of Pétrolianas, vintage oilcans, fuel pumps and numerous other old motoring stuff, and last not least all the relics of his double Bolitho Blane. That's the environment where he gathers all his power and inspiration needed for creating his masterpieces of art.
The spirit of Bolitho Blane is to be found everywhere in this studio.
Is Robert Brandy indeed the person Bolitho Blane himself?