Painting from Life (Philip Pearlstein Quote)

Portrait of Robert Storr, 1988, © Philip Pearlstein (Source)

The effort of painting from life has cost my models a great deal of physical discomfort, and cost me a great deal of money in model fees… I have wanted to make the camera obsolete… because, in my reading about early 20th century art, I found that the most frequently used argument made in favor of abstraction was that the camera made realist painting obsolete. (Philip Pearlstein – ©


I am Volker Schunck and live in Dresden, Germany. First I was an industrial clerk, then I studied theology. Through my engagement with Zen, I became aware of the Christian mysticism. Meanwhile, I go my own way. For me, faith is not a world-view but a being. It is important to me, not to live lost in thought but aware and intensely. For me, this also includes careful handling of other people. The NVC (Nonviolent Communication), which I learned during my training as a mediator, helps me with this.

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