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Actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament host Talk Art, a podcast dedicated to the world of art featuring exclusive interviews with leading artists, curators & gallerists, and even occasionally their talented friends from other industries like acting, music and journalism. Listen in to explore the magic of art and why it connects us all in such fantastic ways. Follow the official Instagram @TalkArt for images of artworks discussed in each episode and to follow Russell and Robert's latest art adventures.

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Actor Russell Tovey and gallerist Robert Diament host Talk Art, a podcast dedicated to the world of art featuring exclusive interviews with leading artists, curators & gallerists, and even occasionally their talented friends from other industries like acting, music and journalism. Listen in to explore the magic of art and why it connects us all in such fantastic ways. Follow the official Instagram @TalkArt for images of artworks discussed in each episode and to follow Russell and Robert's latest art adventures.

    Lauren Weedman

    Lauren Weedman

    For the final episode of Season 7, Russell & Robert meet Lauren Weedman, best known for her standout role as Doris on HBO's television series Looking (alongside Russell!). As well as being a leading actress and comedian (not comedienne - as we discuss!!!!!!), one of her longterm passions is painting and making art. On her instagram @ThisOneIsTitled, started during lockdown, Weedman revealed 'The Quarantine Series' of unique figurative paintings, which she sells from $200 via Instagram and have become incredibly popular with collectors all over the world! As a self taught artist, including series where she makes one new work a day, we consider her link to Outsider and Outlier artworks but also explore her wide ranging artistic influences including Laura Owens, Tim Burton, David Lynch but primarily Edvard Munch and Van Gogh, whose authentic and emotional-charged works became even more important during her time spent living in Amsterdam. We also discover her love of London's very own National Portrait Gallery, in particular an installation she saw there of William Blake's death mask! Plus we introduce Lauren to the work of Grayson Perry and his recent 'Art Club' TV series which focused on ideas of creativity and the processes behind making art.


    Check out Lauren's paintings at her official website: www.LaurenWeedmanStudio.com which includes very cool videos of her discussing individual artworks!
    Follow Lauren's two Instagram accounts: @Lauren_Weedman and her art page @ThisOneIsTitled. You can watch Lauren & Russell in HBO's 'Looking' on Netflix, Amazon Prime or all good streaming services.


    Thanks for listening to Season 7! We will return on 4th December 2020 with a brand new Season 8, so fear not, we have another art-thrill-ride lined up for you!!!


    For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com
     
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    • 1h 12 min
    Tracey Emin CBE (Special Episode at Royal Academy of Arts)

    Tracey Emin CBE (Special Episode at Royal Academy of Arts)

    Talk Art EXCLUSIVE!!! Russell and Robert meet Tracey Emin CBE RA for an intimate, private tour of her major new exhibition with Edvard Munch at the Royal Academy of the Arts in central London. Running until 28th February 2021, this feature-length interview was recorded during lockdown within this extraordinary exhibition. 'The Loneliness of the Soul' is scheduled to open to the public in early December 2020. Talk Art fun fact: Emin is the first guest to come onto our podcast TWICE!


    Emin has been a major figure in contemporary art for over 25 years; Munch pioneered a radical new style known as Expressionism. In this landmark exhibition, Tracey Emin selects masterpieces by Edvard Munch to show alongside her most recent paintings. Tracey Emin has long had a fascination with the Norwegian expressionist and painter of The Scream, Edvard Munch: in her words, “I’ve been in love with this man since I was eighteen”. In 1998 she even created a haunting video piece filmed at the same Oslo jetty that was the location of many of his well-known works. It is just one example of how, like Munch, she embraces even the most painful experiences to create art.


    The exhibition features more than 25 of Emin’s works including paintings, some of which will be on display for the first time, as well neons and sculpture. These works, which explore the loneliness of the soul, have been chosen by Emin to sit alongside a carefully considered selection of 19 oils and watercolours drawn from MUNCH’s rich collection and archives in Oslo, Norway. This is an opportunity to learn more about Emin’s work in a highly personal show. The selection reveals not only how Munch has been a constant inspiration – particularly through his profound portrayals of women – but also showcases Emin’s wide-ranging skills as an artist, which often interweave painting, drawing and writing. Seen together, the dark territories and raw emotions that both artists navigate will emerge as a moving exploration of grief, loss and longing. Exhibition organised by MUNCH @MunchMuseet.no, Norway, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts @RoyalAcademyArts.


    Follow hashtag #EminMunch or #Tracey Emin to view more of her work at Instagram. Tracey's official Twitter is @TraceyEmin and @TraceyEminStudio on Instagram.
    Follow her official galleries: @XavierHufkens & @WhiteCube & @GalleriaLorcanONeill & @CounterEditions


    Explore Emin/Munch's new exhibition page at the RA and book tickets (£17 each) to visit this inspiring show from early December onwards, and later touring to the Munch museum in Norway in 2021: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/tracey-emin-edvard-munch


    For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com
     
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    • 1h 43 min
    Salman Toor (NYC Special Episode)

    Salman Toor (NYC Special Episode)

    NYC Special Episode!!! Robert and Russell meet artist Salman Toor (b. 1983) at his studio in Brooklyn, New York as he puts the finishing touches to his paintings for his first institutional solo show at Whitney Museum of American Art. Known for his small-scale figurative works that combine academic technique and a quick, sketch-like style, Toor offers intimate views into the imagined lives of young, queer Brown men residing between New York City and South Asia. Recurring colour palettes and references to art history heighten the emotional impact of Toor’s paintings and add a fantastical element to his narratives drawn from lived experience. 


    Lush interior scenes depict friends dancing, playing with puppies, and gazing into their smartphones. In these idealistic settings, Toor’s figures are freed from the impositions placed upon them by the outside world. In contrast, his more muted tableaus highlight moments of passivity to convey nostalgia or alienation. One painting features a forlorn man whose possessions are on display for the scrutiny of airport security officers; another renders unspoken tensions around a family dinner table palpable. Taken as a whole, Toor’s paintings consider vulnerability within contemporary public and private life and the notion of community in the context of queer, diasporic identity. 


    Toor was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1983 and currently lives and works in New York. He studied painting and drawing at Ohio Wesleyan University, and received his MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Salman Toor: How Will I Know is on view at the Whitney Museum, New York until April 4, 2021 and is accompanied by a new publication: https://whitney.org/exhibitions/salman-toor


    Follow and view more of his work at Instagram: @Salman.Toor and visit Toor's artist page at Luhring Augustine Gallery: https://www.luhringaugustine.com/artists/salman-toor


    For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com
     
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    • 54 min
    Lucy Jones

    Lucy Jones

    Talk Art Season 7 continues!! Russell and Robert meet Lucy Jones (b.1955), the British artist world renowned for her raw, wild landscapes and distinctively provocative self-portraits, characterised by expressive brushwork and bold use of vibrant colour. Balancing an intricate rendering of line and space in her landscapes with the powerful simplicity of her portraits, Jones’s paintings conduct a journey through both interior landscapes and the external world beyond. Lucy Jones’ distinctively provocative self-portraits address themes of ageing, femininity, self-image and disability. Jones, who was born with cerebral palsy, has faced the frustrations of her disability over-crowding people’s perceptions of her. Her self-portraits often challenge the way others see her: by using her defiant ferocity, vulnerability and wry sense of humour she turns the attention back onto the viewer.


    This is evident in works such as With a Handicap Like Yours..., in which an extra disembodied hand appears from the side of the canvas, “poking and prodding at institutional attitudes” and misplaced comments she has received. “The point is here that having three hands may truly be unusual and maybe the doctor is referring to the third hand!”. Just Looking, Just Checking on You depicts Jones' figure, arms curled around her knees, angled as if the viewer is looking at her from slightly above, with the works title painted directly onto the canvas in reverse. The aim is to recreate the experience of reading with dyslexia, the invisible source of a struggle Jones has had her entire life.


    Jones believes that the “unseen struggles” behind making the work are as equally important as the overt messages laid bare in her portraits. Since her move to the Shropshire countryside in 2004, she has begun to venture into the landscape, placing a board on the ground and kneeling for several hours to create pastel or watercolour works, which usually become the basis for large landscape paintings years later. For Jones, these intensive and often paintfully uncomfortable sessions have brought emotional range and interiority to her landscape works, the landscape becoming irretrievably "Inscape". Critic Jackie Wullschlager wrote that Jones' more recent landscapes have developed a "newly defined sense of quiet vulnerability and vigorous determination that had always been present in the self-portraits".


    Lucy's new online exhibition 'Awkward Beauty' is available to view now at Flowers Gallery's website: www.flowersgallery.com
    Visit Lucy's page at Flowers Gallery: www.flowersgallery.com/artists/36-lucy-jones/ Follow Flowers Gallery at Instagram: @FlowersGallery


    Jones studied at Camberwell School of Art, followed by the Royal College of Art, where she won a Rome scholarship in 1982. Born in London, she now lives in Ludlow, and is much inspired by the landscape area bordering Wales, Herefordshire and Shropshire. This episode was recorded on Saturday 5th January 2020 live at Flowers Gallery. Special thanks to Matthew Flowers and Natasha Woolliams.


    For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com
     
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    • 59 min
    Charlotte McDonald, Aflie Kungu and Rose Electra Harris (Bombay Bramble Special Episode)

    Charlotte McDonald, Aflie Kungu and Rose Electra Harris (Bombay Bramble Special Episode)

    Talk Art Special Episode!!!! Russell and Robert meet three incredible emerging artists Charlotte McDonald, Aflie Kungu and Rose Electra Harris!!! We are very excited to continue our partnership with Bombay Sapphire, celebrating their new #RipeForDiscovery Artist Series.


    Russell recently worked alongside Bombay Sapphire as co-curator to choose three fantastic emerging artists to create unique limited edition artworks for new #BombayBramble gin bottle labels! Listen to learn all about the artworks of three incredible artists! Follow the artists on Instagram now to see more of their work and inspirations: @CharlotteMcdonaldArt, @Alfie.Kungu and @RoseElectraHarris!


    Charlotte McDonald an artist with a degree in Drawing and Painting from Edinburgh College of Art. She’s inspired by landscape, nature and the effects that the landscape has on today’s environment, Charlotte creates both abstract artworks in the form of prints and paintings. She explores and responds to the relationship between texture, colour and shape mostly based on abstract form but also sometimes observational.


    Alfie Kungu is an artist whose works are bright and playful, his childhood figurative characters realised with classical painting technique. Familiar cultural motifs are set against contrasting textures and fearless colours, coming together as a vivid expression of Kungu’s headspace. Kungu grew up in Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire and went on to study art in Leeds, followed by UWE Bristol graduating in 2016 with First Class BA (Hons) Fine Art. He has exhibited his work at ICA, Cob and HVQ8 Gallery Berlin. 
     
    Rose Electra Harris is an artist working predominantly as a printmaker, mostly in etching and screen-printing. She completed her BA Hons in Printmaking at Brighton University in 2015. She now works between her studio at home, Slaughterhaus Print Studio in Stockwell and Print Club London in Hackney. In her work she explores the interior, creating dreamlike, surreal and vibrant interpretations of domestic spaces around her. The room is an oasis and the items within it are what bring it to life. Rose imagines the dialogue that exists between space and furnishings or objects – chandeliers, lemon squeezers, chairs or a freestanding bath, for instance. She uses decorative motifs, intricate patterns and a vivid palette, to make the everyday important!


    The 'Ripe For Discovery' Artist Series bottles are available now! Head in store at Selfridges and online @theOfficialSelfridges to view, purchase and personalise these exclusive #BombayBramble bottles from these three truly incredible young artists!!! Plus, visit @BombaySapphireUK to see more from Behind the Scenes of this exciting project. https://www.bombaysapphire.com/products/bombay-bramble/


    For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com
     
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    • 1h 3 min
    Jadé Fadojutimi

    Jadé Fadojutimi

    Season 7 continues with another Talk Art exclusive! Russell & Robert meet artist Jadé Fadojutimi for a special tour of 'Jesture', her recent London solo exhibition at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery. Fadojutimi created this remarkable new series of paintings during lockdown. Next year, she will participate in Liverpool Biennial 2021 as well solo exhibitions at Institute of Contemporary Art (Miami), The Hepworth (Wakefield) and Taka Ishii (Tokyo). 
     
    The title of the exhibition, Jesture, touches on a sense of the absurd, responding to the disruption of daily rhythms arising from forced isolation during lockdown. Central to Fadojutimi’s practice is a repeated questioning of identity, its fluid nature and how the understanding of notions of pleasure, desire and choice are integral to a sense of self. Addressing the exchange between an individual and their environment, the vivid choices of colour and form derive from the associative qualities of the special items that capture her attention and the memories they invoke. 
     
    Fadojutimi’s studio is filled with objects, drawings and writings that evoke nostalgic pleasure. Powerful memories, experienced whilst listening to film, animation and video game soundtracks, transport Fadojutimi to the first time she encountered them, eliciting a response that is experienced through intense colour. The synthesis of these various influences, through which Fadojutimi understands her sense of self, is transformed into large-scale gestural paintings charged with energy and emotion.
     
    Described by Fadojutimi as environments, these complex compositions, neither wholly abstract nor figurative, are built up with layers of oil paint, interrupted by the more linear mark-making made possible by her recent adoption of oil pastels. The introduction of new materials into her painting has enabled the artist to think more broadly about palette, composition and depth, while translating the spontaneity of her drawing on to the canvas. 
      
    Jadé Fadojutimi (b.1993) lives and works in London. She earned a BA from The Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2015 and an MA from the Royal College of Art, London in 2017. After Pippy Houldsworth Gallery took on representation of the artist and presented her first solo exhibition at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery in 2017-18, she had her first one-person institutional show at PEER UK, London in 2019. Acquisitions by Tate London; ICA Miami, and a promised gift to Dallas Museum of Art followed soon after. She had her first solo exhibition in Germany with Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, in 2018 and will have her first solo exhibition in Japan with Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo, opening March 2021. Fadojutimi has been selected to participate in Liverpool Biennial 2021. Her first solo US museum exhibition will be presented at ICA Miami, opening in November 2021. She will also have a solo exhibition of new work at The Hepworth Wakefield in 2021.


    Visit her website at: http://jadefadojutimi.com/ and Pippy Houldsworth Gallery: https://www.houldsworth.co.uk/. Follow Jade at Instagram: @JadeFadojutimi


    For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com
     
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    • 1h 5 min

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