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Andrew Masullo’s paintings strike awe with color, figures, and bearing.

Sometimes cheerful, sometimes conflicted, they can inspire long meditations.

What critics are calling Masullo’s “pure painting” is catching on. His work has been featured in 20 group shows in the last two years. Next spring, he’ll put up a solo exhibit at Mary Boone Gallery in Chelsea.

We corresponded below about art, working habits, and the question of Uma Thurman.

Andrew Masullo was born in Elizabeth, NJ, and attended Rutgers University. His full résumé and more images can be found at the website of his Los Angeles dealer, Daniel Weinberg Gallery. All images © copyright the artist, all rights reserved.

TMN:

When does a painting start?

Andrew Masullo:

When I buy the supplies.

TMN:

What’s the longest it’s taken you to complete a painting?

Andrew Masullo:

I’m still working on it.

TMN:

Coffee or tea?

Andrew Masullo:

Water.

TMN:

Light liquor or dark liquor?

Andrew Masullo:

I never acquired a taste for alcohol.

TMN:

Do you ever think of paintings as being open or closed?

Andrew Masullo:

The ones I like are open.

TMN:

Your paintings are numbered. Do you have a favorite number?

Andrew Masullo:

Eleven and 111 and 1,111 and so on.

TMN:

How many paintings do you work on at the same time?

Andrew Masullo:

Twenty or 30 (but none of them know about the others).

TMN:

If not painting, what job could you see yourself doing?

Andrew Masullo:

Countertenor.

TMN:

When do you work?

Andrew Masullo:

When I need repair.

TMN:

Why do you paint?

Andrew Masullo:

Hafta.

TMN:

Do you nap?

Andrew Masullo:

Only when forced to.

TMN:

Where do your color choices come from?

Andrew Masullo:

In meinem Kopf!

TMN:

Are you ever scared while painting?

Andrew Masullo:

No, that’s about the only thing that doesn’t scare me.

TMN:

What is your favorite household appliance?

Andrew Masullo:

Television.

TMN:

If you had to choose one: Uma Thurman or astronomy?

Andrew Masullo:

I’ve never seen an Uma Thurman movie. I have seen the moon.

TMN:

Mondrian or Cézanne?

Andrew Masullo:

Stettheimer.

TMN:

In other painters you admire, what two qualities do you tend to admire most?

Andrew Masullo:

Their humility and their stick-to-it-iveness.

TMN:

Do you have any things you always do while working?

Andrew Masullo:

I always sit on the floor.

TMN:

What does it take to sustain a vision of a career?

Andrew Masullo:

It’s all about the work, not about the career.

TMN:

How do you know when a painting is done?

Andrew Masullo:

The same way you know a conversation is done.

TMN:

Do dreams matter to you?

Andrew Masullo:

Daring to err and dream go hand in hand.