TribeLA Magazine Acrostic Interview with Harold Cleworth
Tagline: Give yourself and your work a tagline.
Harold Cleworth, Automotive artist.
Rest: How do you spend your time off?
Time off from what? I love what I do! I am 78 years old and have painted professionally for 40 years. I was born to paint and I will die doing it.
Influence: What effect do you hope to have on us?
I would like to share that it is not about the accumulation of “stuff”! It’s about reaching a level of contentment, allow your dream to become your reality and it should happen.
Back: If you could choose a past literary/art/music movement to be a part of, which would you choose?
I would choose the 1950’s in America. Industrial design, Automobiles, Furniture, etc., was in glorious Technicolor. My 1950’s was the North of England in black and white.
Energy: What fires you up?
Looking at a blank canvas and not exactly knowing what is about to appear; an exciting moment.
Los Angeles: Where is your favorite place in Los Angeles? Where would you take visitors? If you could defend the city in one sentence to someone who doubts it, what would you say?
My favorite place in Los Angeles that I would take visitors would be Venice Beach. From the sublime to the ridiculous, the wealthy to the homeless, the black to the white, the gay to the straight, and all in between, All are seen at Venice Beach. I remember the first time I came to L.A. I couldn’t find it. Now I have. Seek and you will find the most colorful and diverse city in the world.
Advice: What is the best advice you’ve received? What is the best advice you can give?
I’ve never received any advice, I just went for it. My best advice is to do what you love whatever it is, and it will bring contentment.
Aura: How would you describe your energy, style, etc.
Eclectic! It was once said of me that if I walk into a room of people, stayed 10 minutes and left, no one would forget me. I hope that is still true.
Room: Where in your home do you work? If not in your home, where do you feel most compelled to create?
I have a studio in my garden. That’s where I go to create. People passing by can see my work and comment. I appreciate and listen to the opinions that people have.
Tools: What do you prefer to work with, physically and otherwise?
There was a time I used many tools to achieve an end result; not anymore. My hands, Acrylic paint, and brushes are my tools. Using my own hands gives a more human touch to my work.
Indulgence: What is your favorite indulgence? Do you cook? What is your specialty meal? What is your favorite restaurant in LA where you indulge yourself?
My favorite indulgence is Raw Oysters. They are an acquired taste, but I love them. I cook somewhat, trying to master various ethnic dishes — wish me luck! One of my favorite restaurants in LA is Shima on Abbot Kinney. The restaurant displays several of my originals and not only do they have good taste in art, but they have the best sushi ever.
Special: Who or what holds a special place in your heart? How does this factor into your creative process?
I have an assistant who is always there for me he is a separate set of eyes that I sometimes need.
Time: What is your all-time favorite piece of writing/art/music you’ve created?
There isn’t just the one. My favorites are the ones that are not commissioned, the ones that come from me, free of influences.
What a week… Let’s go for a ride with Harold Cleworth!