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Your colors are extraordinarily vibrant. How do you create those colors? You’ve written - “I want my work to evoke an aura of beautiful feelings. I am constantly looking at the sky for color. It is the closest thing to actually watching God paint in the present moment.” Are there any other inspirations for your great graphics?​

I never studied the color wheel/color chart, not even in school. I was not really interested in the math of it. On the other hand, my eyes can see an incredible spectrum of all true life color, magnificent everyday color that I love, the slightest pale values and the richest ones. I do look at the sky all the time like my quote reads, that is true color. It is the magic of God and life. I think that is actually how I have learned to mix paint. I'm inspired by everything. If my morning starts with an apple , I'm inspired by its color.  I'll crack an egg and be amazed at the vibrant yolk . Even changing my baby's diaper presents browns that I have never seen before. My eyes are always tantalized by color. I'm obsessed with it!


Describe the pitfalls and joys of selling your art? Where do you show them? Who do you target? What completes the sale? Do your paintings have cross-over appeal – meaning, for ex. do people who buy your Philly art also buy other genres

Wow, there are many pitfalls. I show anywhere , everywhere. I don't work in cafes anymore unless they are extremely upscale or they want to rent my work. I do target people with money.  I also target galleries, dealers, art consultants, even celebrities, but always remain humble to be a people's artist and desire to have my neighbor buy my work as much as the guy on Rodeo Drive in L.A. Some people that buy my Philly art buy other pieces as well. Some just like local stuff.  That's pretty boring to me, but a sale is sale. You always make a customer feel that they are buying your greatest work to date!

You’re involved with using art to raise money for a lot of charities. Some examples are Philabundance, the Red Cross, Minding your Mind Foundation, The National Adoption Agency and many more. Do you approach these nonprofits/charities or do they approach you? Who picks the content? How do you go about including the members (or the ideas) of the nonprofit/charity in your paintings?

I solicit more these days. I am a brain tumor survivor so I am always seeking to give back. I consider it my obligation of having talent.  Organizations have now sought out my talent, but I'm careful to choose who I work with. Charities are big business.  I'm all about collaborating and working with people, so including what a client wants comes easily for me, and it builds my commercial/corporate branding.

This Commissioned Triptych was 
a collaborative effort 
with popular Philadelphia artist 
Thomas Dellapenna.

You like to collaborate with other artists. What’s the appeal of the collaboration? Do you prefer working with painters with similar or dissimilar styles? What’s the process of deciding who paints what?

The appeal is learning from other artist, forming a great camaraderie, exploring what can take place that is spontaneous and miraculous. That is why I love teaching children. Their art is so free, Picasso-like, un-learned painting and drawing. Picasso never got away from that - it is probably the greatest reason why he is the most popular artist of our time, maybe ever.

"Palette Kids" (your teaching project) is a program to help young people appreciate art? How do you get young people enthused about art – or are they already enthused and you just help them express themselves?

Young kids are already enthused about art.  They just love it. It is incredibly magical watching them create! I feed off them and they feed off my enthusiasm. It is contagious!

​Stevey-Jobs Einstein. 
Oil on canvas 36 x24, 2013


Perry Milou is an artists with Philadelphia roots. He was the first local artist to help me with my book, Philadelphia Originals. I was very pleased that Perry let me use colorful paintings in my book.

You began painting at age five. Can you describe how you knew you loved painting at such an early age?

Perry Milou: When I first took crayon to paper at age five I knew that is all I wanted to be and do. My grandmother has a beautifully framed drawing I did, at age five, of the Washington image from the one dollar bill.

Your online biography indicates that your influences include Van Gogh, Botticelli, Warhol, Lichtenstein, and Wesselman. That’s a fairly eclectic mix. Is there a common denominator? What aspects of their art do you try to incorporate in your own works? Is there anyone else you’d add to that list?

I could add forever: Max, Alex Katz, Suerat, Matisse, Michelangelo, Renoir... I have such a diverse love of many types of art and I think it relates to the diverse amount of techniques that I have mastered. It does, though, hinder my development of creating one particular MILOU BRAND, but that will only come with more painting. I try and incorporate techniques form artists that inspire me, not necessarily their subjects, more their techniques, but I have been know to paint a Marilyn and I've been inspired by Wesselman lips.

How do you go about creating a painting? Is the process the same for most paintings or do different genres/different mediums dictate different approaches? Do you need to see the person in front of you or does it help if they’re not in front of you. Do you draw from photographs, personal appearances or the imagination?

Every single piece is different. I  can often see a painting complete , my vision of it in my imagination even before I start it. Other times, they just evolve. I usually like to stay one or two paintings ahead in my mind so I can start imagining what is coming next, but I may actually get there and change everything - that is the magic, the spontaneity of creating art. To be honest with you, I still don't understand how  I do it.  Just like I really cannot believe that this email actually travels to you through space.  But it all starts in the brain, which is the most amazing piece of art their may ever be! 

I love working from photos. I was trained that way.  But I also love looking at everything. I do not paint from life much. I should because it is an incredible feeling to be able to use all of your senses vs looking at a 2-D photo that has no life. I use my imagination all the time. That is what jump-starts my creativity! 

I recognize many great artists, many levels of great art.  Not all of it is creative and that is OK. I know one of my strengths is my creativity! 


by Joseph Glantz

Many of the commissions you’ve done have been for notable organizations/celebrities like the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Julius Erving and H. Chase Lenfest. Others are for unknowns. How do you approach painting the celebrities vs. the average Joe?

You must approach it the same way. You never know when a celebrity will become an average Joe  or an average Joe become a celebrity. Just look at yourself, you're a big writer, at least I feel you are!
Can you describe you “rain” style and “Swarovski Crystals.” Do you have any other styles/genres that are uniquely Perry Milou? (Ex. Your Card series and Lover Lips)

  My rain style is not something that revolutionized contemporary painting. I see it in art in New York and Miami  and in contemporary markets all the time.  Each artist actually does his own spin. I paint lean or thin with oil washes when I begin drawing in paint.  One day I noticed that the thinner I begin with,  that the paint began to run vertically down the canvas very spontaneously just like rain that runs down a window or a windshield. Drops from bigger drops gain weight and create then own organic patterns. 

I fell in love with this look and even more so when incorporating it into landscape, whether scenic or urban and also when painting portraits that may take on a deep mood. My card series was inspired by icons, my love of Hollywood, movies etc., The lips were inspired by my move to Miami, the new American Riviera, its incredible light and sex appeal!

Credits - All photographs copyright (c) 2016 Perry Milou

Is the appeal of “pop” art to the younger generation or does it cut across all generations? For example your paintings of Moses and Gabriel  – do they appeal to traditionalists as well as non-traditionalists?

I would like them to have cross-appeal.  That is why I create them. But you cannot worry about that when creating. Those two pieces tell the story of my spirituality, coming form Old and New Testament routes;  a Roman Catholic mother, a Hebrew father and a soul from Michelangelo.  These are special pieces to me. My love of pop art shines in them a bit, which you recognized, but they are 100% Milou.

Here's a quick story that ties in., My mother's name is Angel.  I married a woman named Angela, my father-in law, her dad , is Angelo, and our nanny's name is Angelica.  I was told by my spiritual adviser, to whom I'm close to, to just paint angels all the time - that will get me famous.  Who knows? Do real angels need fame? I do love painting angels though, they are part of my true soul! True story.


Your art covers a number of genres (Americana, Concepts, Famous, Fantasy, Italian, Lips, Philly, Pop, Vegas and Commission). I’d like to ask some questions that cut across these genres.
A lot of your paintings have a mixed appeal. Washington and Lincoln; Scarlet Johansson does Madonna. They also mix several styles – for ex. Making Van Gogh, Picasso, Renoir and Seurat more modern. How do you choose what to mix? What’s the appeal of the mix? What’s the hardest consideration when doing a mixed painting? 

A great question. I think it is just the way my mind works, the way I become inspired. If you look at my Elvis Jackson painting, I was in love with Elvis Presley as a kid and Michael Jackson as a teenager., I recognized the similarities, the customs, the groin grabbing, dancing, even the sound. Jackson was so inspired by Elvis. He even married his sister and wound up dying the same way. I just recognize things, and tell the story. I want to do a Steve Jobs/Alert Einsetin piece. It's all about my inspirations and understanding what inspires other talents.

  I love how each of your paintings also has a story to go with the painting? For ex. In My Lover Lips#3 you mention how you created the painting series through your association with National L.E.D designer Allison Lewis of http://heartswitch.com. Do you find buyers of your work are interested in the story behind the artwork or do they buy just for the impression the artwork makes?

Both. I think it is certainly to my advantage to create a story, to tell the story to the client. A true art collector is buying a piece of the artist's soul, his being, and that really does not have anything to do with the style of the painting. The story makes the sale.

Many of your paintings are multi-faceted? For ex – Will's World merges a lot of Philadelphia locations/icons into one paintings. Courage includes a number of notable black icons. How do you approach these types of paintings?

With a lot of patience. Will's World was a commission, so I gathered a great deal of reference from my collaborator/client William Rappaport to build a composition. Courage tells the story/history of the African American. I picked a diverse group that inspired myself. There are not many Jewish artists creating black history paintings.  My mind is enormously muti-faceted, so its just a matter of me releasing what needs to come out, and boy is there so much more
Danceadelphia. Oil on canvas 40/30 inches, 2016
Spring-adelphia. Oil on canvas 48/48 inches, 2016

At the University of Arizona you developed your own studio? What attracted you to the University of Arizona. How did you create your own studio?

I investigated their fine arts program which had a great national reputation, so it was a perfect match! The dean of the fine arts program was from Philly, she took a liking to me and I expressed that I did not want to focus on any one particular medium. She recognized my talent as a freshman. I batted my eyes at her and I guess I got my wish. No really, she was incredibly passionate towards the students and really believed in talent! 

Several newer projects are also shown
Love Louboutin. Oil on canvas 20/24. 2016
Beautiful Blue. Oil on canvas 30/24. 2016
Fever of Love. Acrylic pour on wood. 24/24. 2016