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Oil and wax on canvas painting of a Large Girl with No Eyes by Julian Schnabel

Julian Schnabel

Large Girl With No Eyes, 2001
Oil and wax on canvas
162h x 148w in
© Julian Schnabel Studio; Photo by Tom Powel Imaging

A conversation with the painter - emboldened by plentiful grappa - about himself, his art, his films, his friends, and Maradona’s “airshot”. 

Julian Schnabel, 64, is an American painter and film director from Brooklyn, and is considered one of the main figures in neo-expressionism. Schnabel is not only known for his paintings - often very large works that cost over a million dollars - but also for the films he’s directed. These include Basquiat, a portrait of the painter for which he became known for, Before Night Falls with Javier Bardem who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in the film, and Le scaphandre et le papillon for which he won the award for best director at Cannes Film Festival. Schnabel lives in Manhattan in a former perfume factory, which he rebuilt in the style of a Venetian palace.