VIEW FROM THE TOP: ARTIST - GEORGE MEAD

It's a sunny afternoon along the docks of Sausalito's warehouse district.  Greeted with a wry smile and a wave of the hand, we are welcomed into W.E.T. Studios and the home of George Mead, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's most talented and prolific commercial/fine artists.  His loft is magical, as Mead's life and creations intermingle and punctuate the sophisticated, voluminous realm of this creative giant.  His warmth of spirit and sense of an endless search for beauty are seen in his various series of works that surround shelves of paint, cans of brushes, and his drafting table with continuous work under progress.  Most notably for San Franciscans, George's hand painted album covers graced the perimeter of Tower Records at the foot of Columbus Avenue for decades, as did his large scale back drops for the largest rock and roll tours from the Rolling Stones to the Grateful Dead, from Elton John to Billy Joel, Justin Timberlake and beyond.  For more on his work please visit wetstudios.com

"Knowing the necessary and unexpected changes in life, in my thought, there is no choice but to embrace change on many levels. I have embraced and used the technological changes in my art with the necessary integration."

Proust Questionnaire

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Moments spent without the past or future nagging at me.

What is your greatest fear? Living in the past and/or future.

Which historical figure do you most identify with? Batman.

Which living person do you most admire? Obama.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?  Forgetting everyone’s name, including my own some nights.

What is the trait that you most deplore in others? A lack of compassion.

What is your greatest extravagance? Spending time answering these questions.

What is your favorite journey? The next one.

What do you consider the most over-rated virtue? Patience.

On what occasion do you lie? Unfortunately, never, but this has a cost as well.

What do you dislike most about your appearance? I don’t go there.

Which living person do you most despise? I don’t go there either.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? The next one.

Which talent would you most like to have? Being able to sell my work.

What is your current state of mind? Slightly annoyed at dealing with this questionnaire.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Not having to think about ridiculous and impossible scenarios.

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? Not having to think about ridiculous and impossible scenarios.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?  Still being alive.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be? Someone not having to think about ridiculous and impossible scenarios.

What is your most treasured possession? My life.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? My life.

Where would you like to live? I would like to live in the present.

What is your favorite occupation? Reflecting on a number of seemingly substantial albeit self imposed spiritual and moral dilemmas with my painting.

What is the quality that you most like in a man? Compassion.

What is the quality that you most like in a woman? Forgiveness.

What do you most value in your friends? The lack of regard for social graces.

Who are your favorite writers? Pablo Neruda, Fyodor Dostoevsky.

Who are your favorite painters? I will take the path of opening the window a bit wider with answering the question, “Who are your favorite artists?” At present too many to list, but please note; Al Weiwei is near the top.

What is it that you most dislike? Greed and the current political morality which is governed by such.

How would you like to die? Peacefully.

What is your motto? I have two......

“Beauty is mysterious as well as terrible. God and devil are fighting there, and the battlefield is the heart of man.” Fyodor Dostoevsky
“Be ashamed to die until you have won some victory for humanity.”. Horace Mann
 

CaenLucier thanks George Mead for taking the time to share with our readers!

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