Facing the blank canvas: Matthew Crasner

“I don’t think I have a fear of the blank canvas but I do sometimes find it hard to start a new piece of work because when the canvas is blank it could become anything. A blank canvas is imbued with so much potential and there’s always the danger of failure, you have to have the confidence to move forward, work through any problems and remember if it all goes wrong, there’s always more canvas. If I’m blocked then I avoid the canvas or turn it round to face the wall while i work on something else until I’m ready to start painting. The challenge then is if it doesn’t go the way you want or it doesn’t look right do you stick with it and work though the problem or start again.”

Matthew Crasner (30) is a Brussels-based artist currently working on a new series of paintings for an upcoming book.