K.B. Dixon's work has been described as original, clever, pithy, lyrical, insightful, gonzo, and laugh-out-loud funny. His new novel, A Painter's Life, is a characteristically mischievous oddity. A mix of biographical scraps, journal entries, review excerpts, and interviews, it is an intimate and introspective tour of the art world-a portrait of the sometimes portraitist Christopher Freeze. Focusing in part on Freeze's friends, family, and fellow artists-as well as his relationship with his frazzled dealer and his would-be monographer-it is an inventive, seriocomic look at one peculiar man's ceaseless struggle to make something beautiful.
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What People are Saying About This
"Often books about painters don't ring true, but this one . . . does."--(Sharon Butler, Two Coats of Paint)
"Quirky. I recommend this book to anyone who appreciates irony...and anyone who is interested in what the life of a struggling artist really entails."
"Reads as if it's a journal . . . but unlike a journal, this sack of asides, hopes, press clippings, musings on friendships, work, other artists, critics, dealers, paint and the point of paint adds up to a life."--(Regina Hackett, Another Bouncing Ball)
"Absorbing. Full of keen human insight...so dead on you can't help but laugh. A treatise on creativity, the fleeting nature of inspiration, and the difficulty of producing art..."
"Unique...clever...quippy. Excerpts from Freeze's diary are a riot. A snapshot of a life..."
“Crisp … thought provoking…A novel I’ll …return to when I want to ponder art…or just grab some great quotable quotes."