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The weekly show where arts broadcaster and mentor Willy Russo chats with a range of art world players.

Season three out now.

Interview With An Artist Willy Russo

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    • 4.8 • 27 Ratings

The weekly show where arts broadcaster and mentor Willy Russo chats with a range of art world players.

Season three out now.

    S3 Ep74 Monty Preston with Saatchi Art's NFT plan

    S3 Ep74 Monty Preston with Saatchi Art's NFT plan

    2022 was another big year in the art scene. Gallery openings got canceled, digital viewings had to continue to suffice, and NFT's exploded on to the market.

    It was really Beeple’s collage work, Everydays: The First 5000 Days, sold via Christie’s for $69 US million that got everyone stirred up. That was March. Since then, the NFT/crypto market has been a rollercoaster ride.

    And I'll be honest, it still seems like something pretty foreign to me and probably a lot of artists I know and have spoken to.

    However, Saatchi Art are looking to change that.

    My last guest of the season is Monty Preston. Monty is a manager of Art Advisory and Curation at Saatchi Art. Monty is part of a team working with artists and collectors to help them make the leap into the NFT space. 

    You can find Monty and all the information we talk about on saatchiart.com/nft

    Enjoy meeting Saatchi Art's Monty Preston.


    Twitter: @_MontyPreston
    Contact for artists and collectors: curator@saatchiart.com
    John Lijo Bluefish's Profile on Saatchi Art: https://www.saatchiart.com/jonlijo

    Interview With An Artist is hosted and produced by radio host, arts broadcaster and artist mentor Willy (Wilamina) Russo.

    Do you want helping figuring out the right next step in your artistic practice? Book a mentoring session with Willy on www.wilaminarusso.com

    • 24 min
    S3 Ep73 Tom Keukenmeester knows nothing ventured, nothing gained.

    S3 Ep73 Tom Keukenmeester knows nothing ventured, nothing gained.

    Adelaide based artist Tom Keukenmeester learnt the ropes working as an apprentice of sorts for artist Lucy Bonnin.  A move to Sydney, a hung over meeting with legendary art dealer Rex Irwin, and years of continually doing the work and today the painter and sculptor is now with Martin Browne Contemporary.

    In today’s Interview With An Artist, Tom and I talk about the importance of mentors and artist friendships, how his vision for his future helped him determine what opportunities to say yes and no to, and how he found himself moving from painting to ceramic sculptures with surprising success.

    You can see Tom’s work over on instagram @tomkeukenmeester 

    This is the second last episode for Season 3. Season 4 will commence in February 2022.

    In 2022 I will be starting a monthly newsletter for artists called Mentor Musings. It will have things I’ve noticed from sessions, tips and tricks from the mentoring community, and also up coming Australian prizes that could be of interest. If you would like to receive it sign up at www.wilaminarusso.com. That is also the best way to be notified when mentoring opens up again in 2022.

    Interview With An Artist is hosted and produced by radio host, arts broadcaster and artist mentor Willy (Wilamina) Russo.

    Do you want helping figuring out the right next step in your artistic practice? Book a mentoring session with Willy on www.wilaminarusso.com

    • 29 min
    S3 Ep72 Sarrita King and the power of family, community and art

    S3 Ep72 Sarrita King and the power of family, community and art

    Sarrita King almost fell into painting. Her late father was the highly respected  artist, William King Jungala, a man from the Gurindji clan. Before he died in 2007, he passed on to Sarrita and her sister Tarrise King, a love of art, community and storytelling.

    Sarrita lives in Garramilla, or Darwin, with her partner and her two young children, painting amongst the chaos of family life. With a career as a professional artist spanning almost 15 years, Sarrita’s work is held in collections around the world.

    In today’s Interview With An Artist, we chat about how Sarrita left her journalism degree to pursue art; her manager Keith and the tight knit bond between Sarrita, Tarrise and Keith; and how Sarrita loves her galleries so much and how deep the relationship is with them.

    Catch her work @sarritaking_artist

    Interview With An Artist is hosted and produced by radio host, arts broadcaster and artist mentor Willy (Wilamina) Russo.

    Do you want helping figuring out the right next step in your artistic practice? Book a mentoring session with Willy on www.wilaminarusso.com

    • 38 min
    S3 Ep71 Kirthana Selvaraj and her awesome green suit

    S3 Ep71 Kirthana Selvaraj and her awesome green suit

    Kirthana Selvaraj is exploring her place in the world through her art. Painting herself into the halls of some of the longest standing and most traditional institutions. Her self portrait, The Green Suit, was an Archibald finalist in 2021 and a Portia Geach finalist in 2020. I remember seeing it and there was just something about the expression in her face and the way the suit hung on her that hit me. 

    Kirthana paints about the experience of being in a queer brown body and trying to find her place in the world, or even just see it.

    In today’s episode we talk about the painting of that epic self portrait and her mum’s reaction when she saw what Kirthana was wearing in it; about how her artistic practice is helping her claim her place, and how an approach of lifting each other up, of collaboration over competition, is surely a better way forward.

    Kirthana is a deep thinker and such an eloquent communicator. I loved speaking with her and hearing her thoughts, I am sure you will love hearing her story.

    You can stay across her work on Instagram at @kirthanasart

    Interview With An Artist is hosted and produced by radio host, arts broadcaster and artist mentor Willy (Wilamina) Russo.

    Do you want helping figuring out the right next step in your artistic practice? Book a mentoring session with Willy on www.wilaminarusso.com

    • 23 min
    S3 Ep70 Andrea Sinclair, the 2021 National Emerging Art Prize Winner

    S3 Ep70 Andrea Sinclair, the 2021 National Emerging Art Prize Winner

    The 2021 National Emerging Art Prize was the hottest Australian prize for emerging artists. Victorian based artist Andrea Sinclair took out the painting prize with her portrait of Flossie.

    So who is Andrea? How long has she been painting for? And what’s been her career trajectory to date?

    In today’s Interview With An Artist, Andrea and I talk about:


    how she started art studying in the 80’s only to leave it completely and return 25 years later,
    how the power of her artist friendships helped move her career along,
    and the advice she wishes someone had given her when she was 21.

    One of the things I am most excited for with Andrea’s work to come, is her passion for women of a certain age. You know the cool ones, the fierce ones, the ones that even though they’re not the pretty young things any more, they have a vibe about them that just speaks volumes. Like Flossie! Andrea has a plan to bring them front and centre and celebrate them.

    You can catch Andrea’s work on her instagram @andrea.sinclair.art

    Enjoy meeting the 2021 National Emerging Art prize winner, Andrea Sinclair.

    Interview With An Artist is hosted and produced by arts broadcaster and artist mentor, Willy (Wilamina) Russo. 

    Do you want helping figuring out the right next step in your artistic practice? Book a mentoring session with Willy - link below.

    www.wilaminarusso.com

    • 28 min
    S3 Sp69 Sally Veer of S.A.S Veer is exploring the intersection of art and heirloom

    S3 Sp69 Sally Veer of S.A.S Veer is exploring the intersection of art and heirloom

    S.A.S Veer is the brainchild of Sally Veer, an artist working in the realms of quilting and watercolour painting. Sally's quilts are pushing the boundaries into the art world and challenging the traditional depiction of "just a blanket". With a genuine desire to create sustainably, S.A.S Veer is partnering with Australian designer Lee Matthews to work with their offcuts. 

    In today’s episode of Interview with an Artist, we learn about the impact Sally’s Oma (grandma) had on her, how her relationship with Lee Matthews began and what it taught her, and how she is navigating that line between artwork and well, quilt!

    Head on over to S.A.S Veer on instagram @s.a.s.veern to see her intricate and detailed work.

    Enjoy meeting the wonderful Sally Veer.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

mcdixartist ,

Great interviews

Great podcasts - so many interesting artists and gallerists interviews. As an artist, great to hear how other artists work and discover new artists. Willy is a great interviewer. Totally addictive.

myatic_grace ,

Podcasts

Hi how are you lov yr podcasts can u please please interview with Australian artist Matilda michell and Lucy roleff as they are beautiful Australian still life artists n I love still life n their style many thanks

Lisa Perruzza ,

I look forward to each new episode

I love this podcast. Such an insight into the lives and creative flow of respected established and emerging artists. Great take aways for creatives and art lovers alike.
The pod casts provide a real raw and honest look into what drives and inspires each individual.
Thank you Willie

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