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Videos / May 30, 2016

In the Studio with Matthew Schofield

Can painting from vintage photographs bring a sense of touch and physicality to the process of art-making? Matthew Schofield thinks so.

For much of his career, Canadian artist Matthew Schofield has painted from vintage photographs—often producing paintings at the same small, intimate scale of the snapshots themselves.

Here, in a Toronto studio visit with Canadian Art, Schofield explains what appeals to him about this practice.

“I think that’s the nice thing about all this process,” Schofield says, “is there’s a humanity to it—there’s a touch, a physicality to the person holding the camera, to the person standing in front of the camera, to the person painting the picture, to the decisions being made.”