Are you an art and culture lover? Would you love to go inside the minds of your favorite creatives? With over 10 million unique monthly viewers, My Modern Met is one of the world’s leading art+culture websites. And now, we’re exploring the world of visual arts for one hour each week with the photographers, painters, designers, and makers who are shaping our world. Sit back and relax as My Modern Met contributing writer, art historian Jessica Stewart sits down for one-on-one chats with some of your favorite artists.
Photographer Sophie Gamand on Her Life-Saving Dog Photography and Animal Advocacy
This week on the Top Artist Podcast, we talk to photographer Sophie Gamand on her many dog photography series and the changes they have made in both dog and human lives. Gamand’s Pit Bull Flower Power series is just one example of her work that tackles unjust treatment of animals and helps us to appreciate the fragility of life. We talk to her about this work, her experiences at shelters and dog meat farms, and about what motivates her to use photography to give a voice to the voiceless.
Sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor on His Underwater Sculptures and Environmental Art
This week on the Top Artist Podcast, we talk with sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor about his incredible work and the impact his pieces have on their local environment and the world. Trained at the London Institute of Art, deCaires Taylor uses his sculptures to rebuilt natural habitats and mitigate damage caused by tourism to at-risk underwater areas. His large body of work spans from additions to the Great Barrier Reef to entire underwater museums carefully considered to benefit the local ecology.
Painter Omar Ortiz on His Hyperrealistic Paintings and Creative Process
This week on the Top Artist Podcast, we talk with painter Omar Ortiz about his shockingly realistic paintings. Ortiz specializes in hyperrealistic female nudes with often more abstract backgrounds. Ortiz shares that he has always been interested in technique and precision. He experimented with airbrushing in university because it allowed him to achieve a texture and blurriness common to the realism he is now known for. He currently works with oil paint as he believes it the “noblest technique.”
Photographer Richard Silver on His Architectural Photography and Vertical Churches
Photographer Richard Silver has a talent for capturing space in unique and unexpected ways. This week on My Modern Met’s Top Artist Podcast, we talk about the techniques featured in his work, his upcoming Vertical Churches book, and much more. In each place he visits, Silver documents iconic landmarks, incredible modern architecture, and beautiful vernacular designs. His photography also allows us to explore even the most famous or familiar places from a completely new perspective.
Photographer Navid Baraty and His Wide Range of Space-Inspired Work
Photographer Navid Baraty's love for space is clear in his work. Though astrophotography is just one series in his incredibly diverse portfolio as a photographer, people around the world are inspired by his carefully composed shots of solar eclipses, meteor showers, and more. This week, we chat with Navid about his astrophotography, fictional kitchen space-scapes, and incredible planetary cross-stitching.
Oil Painter Erin Hanson on Creating Her Own Style and Running a Successful Art Business
Successful oil painter Erin Hanson has cultivated her own, distinct style called Open Impressionism. This fresh take on landscape painting is a reflection of her love for the great outdoors. Listen as we chat about her transition into painting full-time (and how art fairs helped her do so), as well as her innovative new 3D prints of her canvases.