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PK 194: The Journey to Building a Large Body of Artwork

Arthur Haywood is working to creating art that inspires people to learn and want to read about the stories behind what the viewer sees. He is a classically trained painter and has created an incredible body of work for his book, The Great Library.

In this interview, we talk about Arthur's journey and how he learned from several different schools to develop the skillset he now has.

1:30 - How Arthur and Mitch met at Artistacon when Arthur was showing his book of work
2:55 - Arthur describing his book covering scholars from the ancient library of Alexandria and what inspired him to undertake such an ambitious project
7:00 - How video games can allow us to get a glimpse into the past and experience locations like the Great Library of Alexandria
8:52 - Arthur discusses the time it takes to create his paintings which are done in the classical style
11:00 - Discussing the time it takes to create great work and the mental shift that has to happen to fully understand the art-making process
25:00 - The difference between "Owning" knowledge vs only having theory
29:50 - What's next for Arthur


Links mentioned in this Episode:
Grand Central Atelier:
Maryland Institute College of Art:
Caimbridge Street Studios:

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