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

Season four out now.

Interview With An Artist Willy Russo

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    • 4.8 • 39 Ratings

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

Season four out now.

    S4 EP99 Jasmine Mansbridge and Willy Russo get a little deep for the last show of 2022

    S4 EP99 Jasmine Mansbridge and Willy Russo get a little deep for the last show of 2022

    @jasmine_mansbridge

    www.jasminemansbridge.com

    For the final episode of 2022 Jasmine Mansbridge joins us.

    Jasmine first joined the show back in 2020. Her murals, paintings and sculptures caught Willy's eye. Jasmine paints geometrical works that seem like portals or windows to another world. There is some incredible line work in her paintings - straight lines - and Jasmine doesn't use painters tape! 

    Fast forward to the end of 2022 and Jasmine has included NFT's, film work, and poetry to her creative disciplines.

    To say 2022 has been a big year for Jasmine and Willy, is an understatement. You can hear their voices are husky. They're reflective and fatigued.  And they meander into a deeper conversation about life and how they handle it.

    In today's episode of Interview With An Artist we talk about a raft of things including:


    the last year and how it contrasts to 2021
    what it was like traveling to North Africa via Europe for residency
    the internal battle between being a responsible adult and mother of five children and then wanting to focus solely on her work
    how the lows of loss and grief focus your attention and show you who your tribe are
    and how the algorithm is making Jasmine consider traditional media opportunities again

    Now note - when we start talking about the residency in Tunisia and a philosophy for life, the philosopher Jasmine is searching for is the greek philosopher Epicurus and the Epicurean way of life.

    How Jasmine navigates the world and continues to push her practice forward is incredibly inspirational. It was great to reconnect with her again and round out the year with some deeper conversation.

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    Mentoring in January 2023 is already booked out so if you are wanting to start the year off on the right foot and a bit of a plan, there are still some sessions available in February - head on over to www.wilaminarusso.com to book in.

    Have a wonderful holiday break and see you in 2023 with season five which is going to be a little different! 

    • 46 min
    S4 Ep98 Emily Day and Kate Quinn on Instagram friendships, the truth about running workshops and the power of just giving it a go

    S4 Ep98 Emily Day and Kate Quinn on Instagram friendships, the truth about running workshops and the power of just giving it a go

    @e_milydaystudio @katequinnart @bloom_art_experiences

    Have you ever considered running creative workshops? Today's guest are the artists behind Bloom Art Experiences. 

    Brisbane based Emily Day and Kate Quinn started Bloom in early 2021.

    Far from the paint by numbers, or paint and sip type experience, every workshop is in a beautiful location, where each participant paints something unique. They make running a workshop sound fun and easy. Fun I am sure it is, easy I am sure it isn't.

    In today's episode of Interview With An Artist we talk about many things including:


    how they met and whose idea it was to start Bloom
    the highs and lows of running workshops with the likes of people who maybe haven't ever painted before or on the flip side those who've study years ago and are just picking the brush up again
    how organising and running bloom impacts on their own practice
    and individually, what they are hoping for out of their own practice in the years to come

    Emily and Kate are the perfect example of the power of just giving something a go. Kate even talks about this at the end of the interview the power of asking, the power of trying, the power of putting yourself out there and seeing what happens.

    Check out their upcoming workshops at Bloom Art Experiences.

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    Interview With An Artist is hosted and produced by Willy (Wilamina) Russo.

    Along with Championing the arts through this podcast and her radio work at 2ser107.3FM, Willy is also an artist mentor.

    She works with artists from a variety of stages and backgrounds, helping them figure out the right next step in their artistic practice.

    There is a monthly newsletter you can sign up to and also one-on-one mentoring available.

    If you're looking for some advice navigating your artistic practice, book a session today via her website, wilaminarusso.com

    • 41 min
    S4 EP 97 Rone on TIME and how street art has taken him places he never imagined

    S4 EP 97 Rone on TIME and how street art has taken him places he never imagined

    @r_o_n_e

    www.rone.art

    Rone is arguably Australia's preeminent street artist. The softly spoken, humble creative grew up in Geelong Victoria.  It was in his early 20s riding his skateboard around Melbourne that he really connected with street art. It was a discovery which steered his life in a completely different direction.

    Murals and installation work has taken him around the world, with his smaller scale pieces being shown in galleries in London, Berlin and New York. Domestically, he is one of the few street artists to permeate the barrier of public institutions when the National Gallery of Australia acquired one of his works.

    Rone's latest project, TIME at Flinders St Station in Melbourne, is an immersive experience blurring the lines between art exhibition and stage production. I was lucky enough to visit it and showcase it on day 15 of the 30 exhibitions in 30 days challenge.

    In today's episode of Interview with an artist we talk about many things including:


    how street art in Australia measures up around the world
    what's changed in the scene over the last two decades
    the logistics and planning behind TIME
    and how he prioritises between private commissions and works seen by the public

    If you are able to get to TIME at Flinders St Station, I strongly recommend it. Even if not for the art but for the incredible detail in overall execution of the experience. it is a ticketed event so you will have to plan ahead.

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    Interview With An Artist is hosted and produced by Willy (Wilamina) Russo.

    Along with Championing the arts through this podcast and her radio work at 2ser107.3FM, Willy is also an artist mentor.

    She works with artists from a variety of stages and backgrounds, helping them figure out the right next step in their artistic practice.

    There is  a monthly newsletter you can sign up to and also one-on-one mentoring can be booked.

    If you're looking for some advice navigating your artistic practice, book a session today via her website, wilaminarusso.com

    • 36 min
    S4 EP96 Pierre Mukeba is navigating life with his art and taking the world by storm in the process

    S4 EP96 Pierre Mukeba is navigating life with his art and taking the world by storm in the process

    @arch_pierre_mukeba

    The light and life in Pierre Mukeba is undeniable. The self taught artist won the Churchie art prize in 2017, the RamsayArt Prize People's Choice in 2019, and has exhibited in the Adelaide Biennial and the NGV Triennial and has had two solo shows with Roslyn Oxley.

    Pierre's story is one of navigating culture and finding what you want to say as an artist; of self belief and persistence; and of shooting for the stars.

    In today's episode of Interview With An Artist we talk about many things including:


    how his first foray into study was accounting
    how his mum gave him the advice to look to his own story and heritage for his art
    how his bedsheets played a vital role in kicking off his practice
    and what his hopes are for a big bright career

    I'm just warning we laugh a lot. And towards the end Pierre's friend comes and joins us in the studio. It was such a treat talking with Pierre and I hope you enjoy this episode as much as we did recording it.

    Also, here is the link to the talk he mentions. 

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    Interview With An Artist is hosted and produced by Willy (Wilamina) Russo.

    Along with Championing the arts through this podcast and her radio work at 2ser107.3FM, Willy is also an artist mentor.

    She works with artists from a variety of stages and backgrounds, helping them figure out the right next step in their artistic practice.

    There is a monthly newsletter you can sign up to and also one-on-one mentoring can be booked.

    If you're looking for some advice navigating your artistic practice, book a session today via her website, wilaminarusso.com

    • 1 hr 4 min
    S4 EP95 Julz Beresford has always had a deep love for nature

    S4 EP95 Julz Beresford has always had a deep love for nature

    @julzberesford_artist
    www.julzberesford.com
    After a 20 year career as a food stylist, Julz Beresford has had a roaring start to her life as an artist. In the first four years of painting full time, she was hand picked up by Amber Creswell Bell to join the showing roster with Michael Reid.  And although it might seem like it's all happened overnight, it hasn't.
    Julz studied fine art at COFA straight out of high school. And even though she worked in a different field for two decades, she was always painting in the background.
    In today's episode of Interview With An Artist we talk about many things including:

    the importance of the land and nature to Julz and her practice
    how she loves to challenge herself
    how heading into Central Australia helped her come home to the Hawkesbury and see it anew
    the advice one of her mentors gave her that keeps her pushing forward

    I spoke with Julz a couple of weeks ago just as her solo with Michael Reid Southern Highlands was about to open. It's consequently sold out.
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    Interview With An Artist is hosted and produced by Willy (Wilamina) Russo.
    Along with championing the arts through this podcast and her radio work at 2ser107.3FM, Willy is also an artist mentor.
    She works with artists from a variety of stages and backgrounds, helping them figure out the right next step in their artistic practice.
    There is a monthly newsletter you can sign up to and also book a one-on-one mentoring session.
    If you're looking for some advice navigating your artistic practice, book a session today via her website, wilaminarusso.com

    • 37 min
    S4, EP94 Julie Nicholson has found her groove in abstract landscapes

    S4, EP94 Julie Nicholson has found her groove in abstract landscapes

    @julienicholsonartist

    www.julienicholsonartist.com

    Julie Nicholson needs little introduction. The Batman to Fiona Verity's Robin, the Art W**k duo have forged a pathway in the Australian art world with their much loved podcast.

    But we're not here to talk about that. We're here to talk about Julie's art. Julie has been creating ever since she can remember. Loving the process of bringing something to life out of just her mind, hands and whatever she had around her.

    Working now with pencils and paints, Julie has found her groove in abstract landscapes.

    In today's episode of Interview with an artist we talk about many things including:


    how and why she moved her practice towards abstraction
    how she used to hate the term art practice and why that's changed
    what happens to her when she gets to lap 8 in an ocean pool
    and the magic of five minute moments when you are juggling the realities of parenting, an artistic practice, a podcast and life in general

    It was such a treat having Julie on the show and I am sure you'll enjoy this episode as much as I did.

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    Interview With An Artist is hosted and produced by Willy (Wilamina) Russo.

    Along with Championing the arts through this podcast and her radio work at 2ser107.3FM, Willy is also an artist mentor.

    She works with artists from a variety of stages and backgrounds, helping them figure out the right next step in their artistic practice.

    There is a monthly newsletter you can sign up to and she also provides one-on-one mentoring.

    If you're looking for some advice navigating your artistic practice, book a session today via her website, wilaminarusso.com

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Lea Hawkins ,

Fabulous podcast

Alongside Artwank and Talking with Painters in the holy trinity of Australian podcasts.

Amy J Compton ,

Fave Art Podcast

My favourite art podcast by far. Willamina is such a natural interviewer. I love listening to her chats with some of Australia’s best artists. Highly recommend.

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.

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