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Maria Stoljar talks with Australian painters about how they became an artist, their painting techniques, influences and current work.

Talking with Painters Maria Stoljar

    • Visual Arts
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Maria Stoljar talks with Australian painters about how they became an artist, their painting techniques, influences and current work.

    Ep 94: William Mackinnon and ‘Learning to love the wind’

    Ep 94: William Mackinnon and ‘Learning to love the wind’

    William Mackinnon is a previous podcast guest. In this episode we talk about his show with Hugo Michell Gallery, 'Learning to love the wind' coming up in a few weeks.

    We also talk about his life in Ibiza, Spain, where he lives with his wife and young son, and how this body of work has developed in these times of change, both global and personal. You can hear more about William's interesting life and work in episode 38 of the podcast.

    I'll be uploading a short video centring around this exhibition to the website, social media and the Talking with Painters YouTube channel soon.

    Upcoming show

    * 'Learning to love the wind', Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, Australia, 3 September - 3 October 2020

    'The New Family', acrylic oil and enamel on linen, 260 x 200cm

    'Post-traumatic growth', acrylic, oil and enamel on linen, 260 x 200cm

    'Burke and Wills (ii)', acrylic oil and enamel on linen, 200 x 450cm

    'Foggy brain / teething', acrylic oil and enamel on linen, 200 x 300cm

    • 39 min
    Ep 93: Belinda Fox

    Ep 93: Belinda Fox

    Belinda Fox's work is extraordinary. Whether it’s an intricate bird in mid-flight or abstract geometric forms, she combines paint, printmaking, drawing, wax and collage to produce works of great detail and beauty.

    When she was only in her twenties Belinda became a master printer at Port Jackson Press, collaborating with leading Australian artists. It wasn't long before she decided to become a full time artist and since that time she’s won multiple art prizes, been awarded many grants and residencies and has exhibited in over 25 solo shows across the world.

    Primarily working in watercolour, her experience in printmaking has led her to experiment beyond traditional works on paper to produce unique works with an ethereal quality.

    Her upcoming show 'Fragment(ed)' with Gallery Smith in Melbourne opens in July 2020 and her next show will take place in Berlin with Michael Reid in October. Earlier this year she exhibited with Maybaum gallery in San Francisco and she has been with Sydney's Arthouse Gallery since 2003.

    Belinda grew up in the country town of Mildura in Victoria and now lives in the Hague in the Netherlands. We recorded this episode by Zoom during the 2020 coronavirus lockdown.

    We talk about her time as a master printer, why she turned to painting, the grounds of her paintings, her interest in humanitarian issues and when she reflects that in her work, studio life, homeschooling in lockdown and a lot more.

    Click 'play' below the above feature photo to hear the podcast interview.

    A short video of Belinda in her studio will be uploaded to the Talking with Painters YouTube channel and to this website soon.

    Upcoming shows

    * 'Fragment(ed)', Gallery Smith, Melbourne, Australia, 23 July - 22 August, 2020* 'Add it Up', Michael Reid Galleries, Berlin, Germany, 16 October - 14 November, 2020

    Show Notes

    * Belinda Fox* Belinda Fox on Instagram* Belinda Fox at Gallery Smith* Belinda Fox at Arthouse Gallery* Belinda Fox at Michael Reid* Belinda Fox at Maybaum Gallery* Port Jackson Press * 'Back to the Start' - Monograph of Belinda Fox* Melinda Schawel* Luke Sciberras* John Olsen* Dorothy Napangardi* Joshua Yeldham* David Larwill* Neville French

    'Tapestry VI', 2017, watercolour, drawing, ink on board, 110 x 100cmPhoto: Hein van Liempd

    'The News Pounded I (hard and soft), c2020, watercolour, ink, encaustic wax, drawing on board, 110 x 100cmPhoto: Hein van Liempd

    'Fragment 14', 2020, watercolour, ink, drawing on board, 30 x 29.5cm (with shelf)Photo: Hein van Liempd

    'Tilt II' 2017,

    • 45 min
    Ep 92: Tim Maguire

    Ep 92: Tim Maguire

    Tim Maguire is one of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, acclaimed internationally for his astonishing large scale paintings. 

    From afar, they are familiar subjects; flowers in a tight composition, translucent grapes, an inquiring snail.

    But up close, multiple layers of transparent paint and a fascinating combination of large brushstrokes and expressive splashes transport the viewer to another world.

    Maguire’s work is held in Australia's major public collections, dozens of corporate and private collections and he has exhibited in over 80 solo shows around the world from France, Germany and the UK to New York and China and right across Australia including a knockout survey show at Newcastle Art Gallery in 2017. His practice also crosses printmaking, light box works and film which were included in that exhibition.

    Travel has also been an essential part of his life as an artist and he has spent a large part of his adult years in Europe, especially the UK and France. He and his wife, artist Adrienne Gaha, now live and work between Australia and France.

    In his exhibition 'Small Worlds' at Martin Browne Contemporary in Sydney, he revisits his earlier interest in 17th century Dutch still life subject matter but with a different approach. Created over the period of the recent Australian bushfires and the onset of coronavirus, the work took on an unexpected significance for the artist which he relates in this interview.

    We talk about his time studying in Europe, his early work, printmaking, his colour separation process and lots more.

    A short video of Tim Maguire talking about his work will be uploaded to this website and the Talking with Painters YouTube channel soon.

    To hear the podcast interview press ‘play’ beneath the above photo or listen however you get your podcasts.

    Current Show

    'Small Worlds' at Martin Browne Contemporary, current until 21 June 2020.

    Show Notes

    * Tim Maguire* Tim Maguire at Martin Browne Contemporary* Tim Maguire at Tolarno Galleries* Tony Cragg* Jörg Immendorff* Gerhard Richter* Jan Dibbets* Adrienne Gaha* Barnett Newman* Josef Albers* Clement Greenberg* Australian Print Workshop

    'Untitled 20200403', 2020, oil on canvas, 202 x 192cm

    Untitled 20200203', 2020, oil on canvas, 162 x 182cm

    Detail of above work, 'Untitled 20200203', 2020, oil on canvas

    'Untitled 94U39', 1994, diptych, oil on canvas 200cm x 400cm, Permanent collection, Art Gallery of NSW

    'Untitled 20070401', 2007, oil on canvas, 180 x 285cm

    'Untitled 20180501, 2018, oil on canvas, 135 x 120cm

    'Untitled 98U42', 1998, oil on 9 MDF panel, 180 x180cm

    'End of century (Fin de siècle)', 1992, oil on canvas, 5 panels, 91.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Ep 91: Colin Pennock

    Ep 91: Colin Pennock

    Colin Pennock's work could be described as landscape painting but it certainly doesn’t fall into that category in any traditional sense. 

    Although there's almost always a horizon line, or the remnants of one,  he throws the traditional ideas of sky, land and sea into ambiguity.

    The glorious pieces of impasto paint which are so distinctive in his work provide a fragmented way of seeing the world and it’s almost impossible for the viewer not to feel some response to the energy and movement generated in his work.

    Colin has painted for 35 years and has exhibited in over 20 solo shows. He won the Mosman Alan Gamble Memorial Art Prize and has been finalist in many others. He was Arthouse Gallery's featured artist at Sydney Contemporary last year and his show The Modernist 2020 with Scott Livesey Galleries in Melbourne opened a few days after this interview was recorded in May 2020.

    Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Colin has lived and worked in many places across the globe from London to New York and across Australia, but it’s in Queensland's idyllic Noosa Hinterland where he and his wife, jewellery designer Katrina Pinnock, have settled for the last 10 years.

    I talk with Colin about his life and work, including his experiences working as a teenage police officer during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, witnessing the horror of 9/11, finding his visual language in Australia, colour, composition and more.

    He is represented by galleries in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and London (see below).

    Scroll down to see a short video of excerpts from the podcast interview and footage of Colin in his studio.

    Above photo by Carl Warner

    Current show

    * The Modernist 2020, Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne, 14 May - 6 June 2020

    Show Notes

    * Colin Pennock at Scott Livesey Galleries* Colin Pennock at Arthouse Gallery* Colin Pennock at BMG Art* Colin Pennock at Serena Morton* Colin Pennock on Instagram* Marc Chagall


    'Summer's conversation', 2020, oil on linen, 183 x 183cmPhoto courtesy of Scott Livesey Galleries

    'After you've taken your share', 2019, oil on linen, 142 x 142cmPhoto courtesy of Arthouse Gallery

    'Along the river bank', 2020, oil on linen, 140 x 140cmPhoto courtesy of Scott Livesey Galleries

    'Starting with what we have' 2019, oil on linen, 202 x 202cmPhoto courtesy of Arthouse Gallery

    'Twenty twenty', 2020, oil on linen, 200 x 200cmPhoto courtesy of Scott Livesey Galleries

    • 55 min
    Ep 90: Emily Imeson

    Ep 90: Emily Imeson

    A true plein air painter, Emily Imeson has spent the last two years living a nomadic lifestyle travelling around Australia with her partner in their beloved Troopy 4WD.  

    For much of that time Emily’s studio has been the Australian outback. Whether she's using the side of the car as an easel or working flat on the ground of the Australian desert, she is engulfed by her surroundings and transfers that experience onto the canvas.

    A few days before COVID caused a lockdown in Australia, I visited Saint Cloche Gallery in Paddington to see Emily‘s latest solo show. Called 'Take Me There', it was a collection of works she created on her travels. They were powerful and evocative paintings. 

    She has exhibited in six solo shows across Australia and has had work in many more group shows and last year she was awarded the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist prize.

    What struck me most when I spoke with Emily, though, was her close connection with nature and the Australian environment and her understanding of the significant relationship Indigenous communities have and have had with the land.

    Her aim is to convey that connection to the viewer and to remind us that we were always meant to be closely connected with nature. 

    Scroll down for video of highlights of the podcast interview.

    To hear the podcast interview click on 'play' beneath the above feature photo.

    Feature photo courtesy of the artist

    Upcoming show

    * Solo online exhibition at Edwina Corlette Gallery, Brisbane, 13 - 26 August, 2020

    Show Notes

    * Emily Imeson* Emily Imeson Instagram* Emily Imeson at Saint Cloche Gallery* Emily Imeson at Edwina Corlette Gallery* Emily Imeson at AK Bellinger Gallery* Emily Imeson at Lonely Goat Gallery


    'Blue Bonnets', 2019, acrylic on canvas, 125 x 140cm

    'Alive in the Dead of Night', 2019, acrylic on canvas, 123 x 123cmWinner Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize, 2019 (acquisition)

    'Dances with Shadows', 2019, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 115cm

    'On the Run', 2019, acrylic on canvas, 110 x 190cm

    'Acacia Bloom and Troopy Dust', 2019, acrylic on canvas, 95 x 115cm

    • 52 min
    Ep 89: Lucas Grogan

    Ep 89: Lucas Grogan

    There’s no mistaking a Lucas Grogan work. Whether it’s a mural, an ink drawing or an intricate quilt, his detailed monochromatic patterns are unique and his carefully chosen lines of text are loaded with meaning and humour.

    Although he’s only in his 30s, he’s exhibited in over 20 solo shows and has been working as a full time artist since 2012.  His work is held in numerous private and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia.

    His survey show, Long Story Short, was three years in the making and opened in his home town of Maitland at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery at the end of February. Unfortunately it coincided with the disruption brought by COVID-19 and closed a few short weeks later, almost two months before the scheduled end date.

    Nonetheless, it is a triumph and Lucas filmed a walk through of the show before it closed. The team at Maitland Regional Art Gallery is also bringing together more digital content relating to the show which will be available on their website.  

    Lucas' next solo show opens at the end of July, 2020, at Hugo Michell Gallery in Adelaide.

    To hear the podcast interview press 'play' on the above feature photo.

    Scroll down for a short video from the conversation which includes footage from his survey show.

    Photo courtesy of the artist

    Current and Upcoming shows

    * 'Long Story Short', Maitland Regional Art Gallery, now online * Solo show, Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide, 30 july - 29 August 2020

    Show Notes

    * Lucas Grogan at Hugo Michell Gallery* Lucas Grogan at Martin Browne Contemporary* Maitland Regional Art Gallery* National Gallery of Australia


    'A Deliberation', 2014, ink, watercolour and acrylic on archival mount board, 152.5 x 102cm,National Gallery of Australia collection

    'A Curator Asked', 2018, acrylic and ink on mount board, 28 x 21cm, private collection

    'A library #4'(detail), 2017, ink and acrylic on marine ply, 2 panels, 244 x 244cm, private collection

    Installation photo of 'A Library #1', 'A Library #2', 'A Library #3', 'A Library #4' and 'A Library #5' at Maitland Regional Art Gallery

    'The Shroud', 2016, cotton on Italian wool, Venetian lace, Chux and cotton, 259 x 239cm, artist collection

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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231 Ratings

ArtChiSG ,

Great listening to get into a creative groove!

Love listening to all the different ways that artists overcome their challenges and make work, especially in the last few months. Thanks for all the insights:)

Lea Hawkins ,

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Not just a fabulously entertaining podcast, every episode is a valuable art lesson. I’m on my third round of listening to the entire series while I work in the studio. If I ever take out a major art prize I am going to have to credit Maria and all of her artists.

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I absolutely love listening to this podcast! I’m not a painter but just listening to the variety of methods, personalities, frailties... is so enlightening Thx Maria!

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