Inside the Mind of a Professional Artist: A Conversation with Damian Stamer [#8]
“It was the first time in school that I wanted to go home and continue working on [my art]… It was never like work to me.”
On this episode of The Polymath Project Podcast, I speak with the professional painter Damian Stamer. Damian’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions all over the world— including Berlin, New York, and his home state of North Carolina.
Damian is very different from the your stereotypical Hollywood artist. He’s both incredibly hard-working and incredibly humble.
Some topics we cover:
Damian’s creative process, and how it’s evolved over the years
Damian’s identical twin brother Dillan and how their life paths differed
- How different cultures appreciate Damian’s art differently
The importance of early life experiences and parental support
Some surprising parallels between art and finance
Whether or not art is democratic
We also cover a lot more than that, so check out the podcast and enjoy!
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Resources & Links
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- Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils and Rewards of Artmaking by Bayles and Orland
- Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
- The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr
- The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron (This book is about the morning pages that Damian mentioned)
Other bits n’ ends:
- Artists that Damian mentioned: Neo Rauch, Matthias Weischer, Cecily Brown, Dana Schutz, Basquiat, DeKooning, Rauschenberg, Adrian Ghenie
- Morning Pages