Up Next: SO2 EP08For Kione Grandison, hair has always been an integral part of her identity. Now the multi-media artist draws from her Jamaican roots to explore hairstyling over the decades in textiles, collage and acrylic painting.
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An Interview: SO2 EP02Old Masters meets the modern-day in Georgina Clapham’s evocative oil paintings.
Up Next: SO2 EP06Painting has allowed Adébayo Bolaji to rediscover parts of himself he had forgotten. Adé reveals how he went from child actor, to city lawyer until finally becoming the artist he is today.
An Interview: Episode 13British artist, Gideon Summerfield preserves the legacy of World War 2 veterans and Holocaust survivors with his deeply personal portrait paintings.
An Interview: Episode 12Artist Arthur Timothy describes his paintings as ‘love letters’ to his family. Inspired by a trunk of old black and white photos, his life-size canvases invoke childhood memories.
An Interview: Episode 12British artist, Duggie Fields took us to Brompton Cemetery to share his experience of coming of age in the swinging sixties, and how it shaped his unique creative style. Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Duggie Fields.
Up Next: SO2 EP02Ziad Kaki’s vibrant canvases depict enigmatic figures in intriguing compositions. In the latest episode of UpNext, the Saudi Arabian artist describes how moving to London unleashed his creativity and helped him develop his style.
Open House: Episode 09Rebecca Gilpin creates visual rhythms on canvas. In episode 9, she tells us how listening to music shaped her latest series, Magic Carpet ride; and why the sea plays an important role in her work.
Up Next: SO2 EP01Koby Martin’s arresting canvases are saturated with emotion. He paints his life experiences, confronting difficult subject matter head on, including leaving Ghana as a teenager and the death of his father.
Open House: Episode 08Lucia Fraser reimagines the natural world in her serene paintings and ceramics. In episode 8, she tells us about her new series Flux, and why a trip to Iceland inspired a new way of working.
An Interview: Episode 10Wilfrid Wood transforms well-known faces into playful, yet uncanny portraits. The artist invites us into his studio and explains why, to him, the human face is the most fascinating thing in the universe.
Open House: Episode 07Sara Dodd’s intricate sculptures are formed using delicate layers of ceramic with no obvious start or end. In episode 7, she explains how her garden became a major influence in lockdown, and how subtle colourways express tone and emotion.
Open House: Episode 06Tom White’s colourful oils explore the vulnerability of the human condition. In episode 6 of Open House, he takes us through his artistic journey from pop culture to deeply personal self-portraits.
Open House: Episode 05Emma Elliott’s beautiful sculptures deliver a vital message to humanity about the fragility of our ecosystem. In episode 5 of Open House, she invites us into her studio where she turns centuries-old marble into striking, relevant and challenging pieces.
Open House: Episode 04Ian Bruce describes painting portraits as “somewhere between a haircut and a therapy session”. In episode 4 of Open House, he shows us how he’s adapted his intimate methods to lockdown, and finally found the time to launch his long-imagined animation project.
Open House: Episode 03Millie Suu Kyi’s ceramics and illustrations depict personality traits through playful characters and vivid scenes, inspired by childhood nostalgia. In episode three of Open House, she shows us how lockdown is shaping her work, and shares her hopes for the future of the arts.
Open House: Episode 02Conor Rogers’ intricate miniatures of daily life in the north of England are authentic, emotive depictions of working-class society. In the second episode of Open House, he takes us round his studio where discarded objects become the canvases for his work.
Open House: Episode 01Pie Herring’s vivid, visceral depictions of womanhood are both disarming and exhilarating. In the first episode of Open House, the artist invites us into her studio to explain why lockdown isn’t holding her back.
Outsider Art: Episode 07Writer, artist and educator Professor Colin Rhodes is an expert on Outsider Art. The author of Outsider Art: Spontaneous Alternatives, here he lends his historical and authoritative knowledge to help demystify the medium and discuss its origins.
An Interview: Episode 06We visited Christopher Bucklow’s Somerset studio, where he creates dream-like portraits through experimental pinhole photography.
An Interview: Episode 05We sat down with LA based artist Alex Israel inside his new show "Always On My Mind" at the Gagosian in London.
Outsider Art: Episode 06We unearthed lost tapes from outsider artist Donald Pass. Here he describes the experiences which inspired the angels and resurrected souls who populate his art.
Decades: Episode 05We met with potter, painter and tapestry maker Grayson Perry in his London studio to hear how his worked changed from 2005-2015. The artist explained his journey from art to television and why he chooses to work with clay and weaving.
Up Next: Episode 05Experimenting with dyes and pushing the line between art and fashion Samuel Monaghan is Creative Director of Second Best. We sat down with Monaghan to hear how his work has been shaped by his northern heritage and adopting the mentality of the hardcore scene.
Decades: Episode 04Contemporary artist and visionary Marc Quinn has, quite literally, shed blood for his art. Perhaps his most well-known work, Self, creates a cast of his head with ten pints of his own blood, and is remade every five years. Discussing his entrance into the world of art, permanence and impermanence in his work, and his interest in how ‘art makes itself’, Quinn looks over the years 1981-91 for our ‘Decades’ series.
Outsider Art: Episode 05Henry Boxer is one of the finest British experts and dealers of outsider art. His gallery – The Henry Boxer Outsider Art Gallery – is the leading gallery of its kind in the UK, representing the works of over 120 artists. There are, therefore, few people better-placed to discuss this particular artistic sphere as part of our ‘Outsider Art’ series.
Up Next: Episode 04Portrait artist Ania Hobson is gaining all the plaudits for her work, leading most notably to her winning the Young Artist BP Portrait Award last year. With a degree in fine art, as well as having studied Portraiture at the Florence Academy of Art and at the Princes Drawing School, there’s no limit to what Hobson can achieve.
Outsider Art: Episode 04‘I’ve just worked on my own’: the succinct words of Albert Louden, used to sum up his colorful, creative and solo pursuit in the art world. Here he shares his thoughts with whynow as part of our ‘Outsider Art’ series.
Decades: Episode 01Tracey Emin needs no introduction. After leaving school with no qualifications at thirteen, Emin went on to become one of the leading figures of Britart. Here she discusses her growth through the 80s and her adoration for art.
Outsider Art: Episode 03Vivienne Roberts, curator at The College of Psychic Studies in South Kensington, began her journey into the spirit art through her interest in the visionary Madge Gill. Here Roberts discuss Gill’s cryptic work as well as other pieces in The College’s archive.
Up Next: Episode 03Alex May Hughes is a sign painter hooked on glass leaf, which she uses for her bright and bold designs. For our ‘Up Next’ series she talks us through her technique, the importance of signs and her love for The Simpsons.
Outsider Art: Episode 02Savant and former Cold War spy George Widener has turned his fascination with calendars into an artistic pursuit. He is now an internationally-renowned artist and speaks to whynow about his craft, calculating chaos and predicting the future for our ‘Outsider Art’ series.
An Interview: Episode 03Ivor Braka has established himself as a leading London based art dealer specialising in major works from the likes of Picasso, Francis Bacon and Paula Rego.
Outsider Art: Episode 01Richard C Smith is a self-taught Outsider Artist, represented by the Henry Boxer Gallery in London. From the sixties to nineties, Smith led a turbulent life due to drug dependency, spending time in prison and working as a grave digger.
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