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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Other bits n’ ends:

  • Artists that Damian mentioned: Neo Rauch, Matthias Weischer, Cecily Brown, Dana Schutz, Basquiat, DeKooning, Rauschenberg, Adrian Ghenie
  • Morning Pages