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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Artist Interview: Fiona Stanbury

Words of the day: shape. space. arrangement. up-side-down.

London based artist, Fiona Stanbury, shares her thoughts on painting and process in this interview. Inspiring to Stanbury, early on, was her time living in Africa, she details that the "Colors, deep shadows and..." were part of what she took away from her time there. Also inspirational was her studies under painter, Stass Paraskos, who was teaching at Cyprus College of Art Lemba. Stanbury has some nice words about Paraskos, who recently passed away. His inspiration lives on, as mentioned throughout the interview, for Stanbury who studied his teachings on being a brave painter, and also to draw with color, among other disciplines. Listen below for more!

 'Surfing on Paint,'  (2013) oil and acrylic on board, 18" x 24"

 'Paphos Glimpse,'  (2013)  oil and acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24"

 'Watching and Waiting,'  (2013)  oil and acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24"

 'Escape from Winter,' (2013)  oil and acrylic on board, 18" x 24"

 'Paintscape,'  (2014) acrylic on canvas, 16" x 13"

The artist's website: Fiona Stanbury

Audio interview with the artist:

Fiona Stanbury

Artists etc. mentioned in the interview:

Stass Paraskos, Valerie Brennan, Bridget Fahy, Henri Matisse, Richard Diebenkorn, Grace Hartigan, Robert Motherwell, Stuart Davis, Jacob Lawrence, Joan Mitchell, Franz Kline, Pierre Soulages, Serge Poliakoff, Paul Cezanne, as well as British painters- Alfred Wallis, Howard Hodgkin, Ivon Hitchens, Peter Lanyon and Keith Vaughan.

Two Picasso quotes shared in the conversation:
"Everything you can imagine is real." - Pablo Picasso 

"In art, intentions are not sufficient. What one does is what counts and not what one has the intention of doing." - Pablo Picasso


(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen. Outro music by Ani Difranco and Utah Phillips)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Artist Interview: Stephen Wright

Words of the day: grid. imagination. fundamental. intentional, and pair. 

Stephen Wright, based in Kentucky, is a painter deeply moved by color, not just any color, but greys. Wright talks at length about his relationship with the perceived meaning of his work by others and would prefer... 
As one who works on a number of series at once, Wright is interested in how each approach has it's independence as well as.... 

Listen below for more. (some strong language).

Stephen Wright in his studio

 "Paintings for Corporations"

Selections below are all:
11"x8.5" gouache, acrylic, Chinese ink, & gesso on paper


Pictured below is:
image made by making direct scans of various painting tools.

The artist's tumblr blog: Ghost Fire 

'Archive' screen capture (a grid of sorts) of "ghost fire" tumblr blog.

Audio interview with the artist:

Individual works arranged (a grid of sorts) in Wright's studio.

Mentioned in the conversation:

A work as part of "Paintings for Corporations" (left) "Cloud at Night" (right)

Installation view of:

PAIR curated by Ian White Williams
Proto Gallery. Hoboken NJ.

Coverage of the show, along with images of works in the show, can be found at Gallery Travels, a blog by Anne Russinof: here 

(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen. Outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Podcasting Painters: David A. Linneweh and Phillip J. Mellen in conversation

Words of the day: share. stories. share. community building. share. 

David A. Linneweh joins ahtcast to share his experiences as host of the esteemed Studio Break podcast. Linneweh talks about the beginning of his podcast and how it has grown to enrich his own studio practice as a painter. Listen in as we both express some of the rewards and inspiring aspects of hosting an artist interview podcast. Thanks for listening! (Some strong language)

Listen below:

Host of Studio Break, David A. Linneweh

Mentioned in the conversation:

Richard Holland from Bad at Sports
Lori Ellison
Dorothy Allison
Bill Conger
This American Life
Sherdog Radio Network
The Joe Rogan Experience
Gorky's Granddaughter
Brian Frink - RACA
Susan Carr
Steve Adair
Louis CK
Wayne Thiebaud
Richard Serra
Kirk Stoller
Valerie Brennen
James Turrell

(Original intro song by David T Miller and Phillip J. Mellen. Outro music by Ani Difranco and Utah Phillips)