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Monday, July 22, 2013

Artist Interview: Alastair Eales

Join ahtcast for this interview with Winchester, Hampshire UK artist, Alastair Eales. A real virtuoso regarding process and developing simplified palette possibilities. Eales talks about how it can be tricky to maintain the spontaneity of smaller works and sketches when translated into larger work. The subject of how these sketches can bring a greater focus to larger works also comes up. His ambiguous technique may stem from his childhood memories of drawing in which Eales created imaginary worlds and varying possibilities. Listen below as we are also taken on a vivid tour through a very experimental performance piece by the artist. Welcome and enjoy.

"Floating World no.3" 2013  
Oil paint and mixed media on canvas
 Dimensions: 36 inches by 24 inches

Quote: Asai Ryōi, in his Ukiyo monogatari (浮世物語 “Tales of the Floating World”, c. 1661)

“Living only for the moment, turning our full attention to the pleasures of the moon, the snow, the cherry blossoms and the maple leaves; singing songs, drinking wine, diverting ourselves in just floating, floating; … refusing to be disheartened, like a gourd floating along with the river current: this is what we call the floating world (…)”

"Gesture -- flow" 2013 
Oil paint and mixed media on canvas
  Dimensions: 36 inches by 24 inches

"Untitled (movement)" 2013

Water-based mixed media on canvas

10 inches by 7 inches (Depth 1.5 Inches)

"You're In Pretty Good Shape, For The Shape You're In" 2013

Mixed media on card

9 inches by 6 inches


"Neko Ni Koban" 2013
Mixed media on card

9 inches by 6 inches

The artist's blog: Alastair Eales 

Audio Interview with the artist: 


Self Portrait

Artists mentioned in the interview:
Sigmar Polke
Paul Morrison
Antony Gormley
Mike Kelley
 Oyvind Fahlstrom

(intro/outro music by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips)

1 comment:

  1. No man's an Island - was said by John Donne (not Shakespeare).