Drum & bass icon Goldie chatted to Skrufff this week about his upcoming London art gallery exhibition and revealed that he considers painting to be simply the latest manifestation of his ever-expanding artistic career.
Its very easy for people to splash a few colours on a canvas and go hey, Im an artist, but I come from the old school, said Goldie.
When someone says to me how do you describe yourself? I say to them, look at it like this; people looking at me will say Goldies walking in a straight line, but if you look very carefully Im actually walking on a slight left curvature because Im walking in a very big circle. Because in my life as each seven years period passes, I get a little closer to myself and the circle becomes a little more complete and the moment when it becomes complete is probably the moment when I leave this place, he mused. Im trying to make that circle without cutting corners; I have that integrity and thats all I care about.
Love Over Gold features 27 of Goldies paintings of semi-naked women in erotic poses inspired by prostitutes calling cards in London phone boxes that radiate with life exposing a primal human truth our modern condition according to th exhibitions accompanying press blurb though Goldie stressed his ideas are instinctive.
I dont know how to explain what I do, Ive had the same experience with music over the last 20 years. When I put a paint brush down I dont stop painting and when I leave a studio I dont stop making music in my head, he said.
As far as Im concerned Im an artist whether I like it or not. I actually dont like being an artist but the bottom line is I have no f**king choice. If I could switch the power off sometimes I would but I cant. Ive managed to do things with my art and Im very happy about that but it is a torment as well. Doing pictures of women as a subject matter is something Ive done because I enjoy doing it, he explained.
"Love Over Gold" opens at the Leonard Street Gallery, London on the 6th September 2007.
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)