Stefanos Daskalakis, John Currin, “The Producer”, 2002, [2018]

“The Producer” by John Currin

Upon seeing works by John Currin for the first time, I was stricken by the purely painterly qualities of his work and that subtle irony that allows him to turn a profound knowledge of traditional techniques into something contemporary, that is, pertinent to us now.

In painting, you cannot be completely alone. You need an environment. John Currin is one of the painters who gave me the necessary validation and encouragement at the time when I had started on large figures, like those in Sotiris Felios’s collection, because he showed me that, in our day, such painting is possible.

S.D., July 2018