Episodes

  • Many thanks to Kate Neilsen the artist who has been working on interiors for sometime
    As labelled by one of her 5 galleries they are Tablescapes https://graingergallery.com.au/artist/kate-nielsen/
    for our fabulous chat - we so enjoyed hanging out with you .. your hospitality and insights where so valuable.

    You can find out more about Kate from one of her galleries the fabulous Purple Noon that represent her https://purplenoongallery.com.au/inside-outside-kate-nielsen-recent-works-25th-july-2020/

    Kate's instagram is https://www.instagram.com/katenielsenart/

    Kate was a finalist this year in the Ravenswood Womens art prize. https://www.instagram.com/p/CNZOAF9Br5N/

    Kate teaches at John Collett a local school where art is really engaged - its Kate dream job https://www.instagram.com/p/CNQiFR1hM1G/

    Thanks so much Kate..

  • Julz Beresford lives and works on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. She is inspired by the landscape, in particular Pittwater. We met her on the Pittwater Artists Trail and asked her for an interview. She has work coming up at Michael Reid Newport so get down there and take a look at her beautiful work.


    We spoke to Julz about her career as a food stylist, growing up in the country, her beautiful oil paintings, and much more. Thanks so much for the wonderful lunch, we loved meeting you and having such a great chat.

    'As an Artist, Julz is drawn to the painterly tradition, focusing on the process of physical painting and where it takes her work. She is energetic and frantic as she works, the finished texture reveals this with her thickly applied paint.
    This process however is not only limited to mixing or pushing and the final application of the paint but the ‘bigger' whole practice of being ‘Plein air’. For Julz walking into or boating towards the destination all becomes part of the process. Her pre-sketches, drawings chosen subject, living it, breathing it, and experiencing it in all weather. Julz's current work is based on the Hawkesbury River and Sydney Coastline where she gathers memories and information then returns to her studio to apply these experiences to the canvas.'

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    Idris Murphy
    Amanda Penrose Hart


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  • Many thanks to Michael Reid for a fabulous chat at your Gallery in Murrurundi - we enjoyed visiting your beautiful space.

    To learn more about Michael check out his website https://michaelreid.com.au/?v=322b26af01d5

    or follow him and his colleagues on instagram
    https://instagram.com/michaelreid

    Thanks for listening and dont forget to rate, share and review

    Fiona and Julie





  • Sophie Vander is the founder and head curator of Curatorial and Co. in Sydney. First set up as an online gallery it moved to a fabulous building in Redfern in August 2020. It's a beautiful light-filled space accommodating painting, sculpture, ceramics, and multimedia. The gallery installs a new exhibition every month so Sophie and her dynamic team are constantly refreshing the walls.

    We talked to Sophie about all aspects of her business, her path to becoming a successful gallerist, how to approach galleries, and much more. She is a strong, committed, and passionate woman and we cant wait to see where she takes Curatorial and Co. in the future. Thanks for taking the time to speak to us.

    'A curated collection of exclusive one-of-a-kind and limited edition works by artists and designers from across the globe.

    Born out of a passion to make art from around the world accessible to an Australian audience of art lovers, Curatorial+Co. is the ideal platform to view art online and begin or enhance your art collection today.

    Curatorial+Co. showcases accessible, one-of-a-kind and limited edition works by established and emerging artists and designers from across the globe in its online gallery, pop-up exhibitions and engagements by appointment. Curatorial+Co. creates a lasting connection between artists with individual collectors, interior designers and organisations looking to enhance their environment with original works. Presenting painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramic works as well as multimedia and textile art pieces, the scope of the Curatorial+Co. The collection is vast and inspiring, and all works are exclusive to Curatorial+Co.

    Created to offer new collectors a starting point for their art obsession and to give established art lovers an array of alternative pieces to add to their spaces, Curatorial+Co. features affordable artworks carefully curated and available online.'

  • Jody Graham

    'Drawing is at the core of Jody Graham’s multidisciplinary art. She relentlessly explores new techniques and investigates contemporary drawing practice. To do this she builds on and then moves beyond conventional drawing processes in search of new methods and tools that connect drawing with the fundamental need to make symbolic marks.'

    Jody Graham is an amazing woman and an extremely talented, fearless, and innovative artist to boot. She let us into her Marrickville studio for the interview, which is a treasure trove of her bower bird tendencies alongside beautiful energetic paintings and drawings. We talked to Jody about her process, the ideas behind her art and her lifes journey through alcolism and beyond to artist extraronaire.

    Jody is represented by Nanda Hobbs and her next show, 'Somewhere to Land', is from 27th May to 5 June.

    find out more about Mark Cauvin, Jody's musical collaborator here

    Thanks Jody

  • Thank you to Antonia for a fabulous chat about your art practise - we loved visiting your studio and spending time with you, it was a fantastic fun chat.

    You can find out more about Antonia on her website https://antoniamrljakart.com
    or her instagram https://www.instagram.com/antoniaperriconemrljak/?hl=en

    Antonia mentions a mentor Garry Foye you can find out more about him from the gallery that represents him https://robingibson.net/artists/garry-foye

    Antonia has a paper show coming up with Nanda Hobbs .. keep looking on her socials for when..

    Thanks for listening.


  • As you probably know, Fiona and I go to Judith White's painting and drawing class at Willoughby Art Centre every Monday. Judith is a fantastic mentor and teacher and has, without a doubt, changed our art practice and understanding of techniques and process immensely. Judith is an amazing artist, bold and uncompromising, practising for over 35 years, has work in numerous collections all over the world and is represented by four galleries in Australia. Basically, she knows what she's talking about and we really respect her opinion.

    We spoke to Judith about her upcoming show at Beaver Gallery in Canberra, starting June 3rd; owning an art school in the '70s and '80s; teaching; gender politics in the art world and the growth and changes in her own practice.

    Thanks for talking to us Judith

    Here's a link to the Judith Pugh article for Artists Profile
    and a link to artist Simon Huntai

  • CJ Hendry is this weeks guest and what a fabulous chat .

    Her website is https://cjhendry.live

    her instagram is https://www.instagram.com/cj_hendry/?hl=en

    Check out these for updates on her upcoming show titled STRAYA in Australia throughout May with the exhibition in Brisbane May 21 - 23 ... With the road trip from May 10-20th

    Many thanks CJ

  • A few weeks ago we interviewed the amazing CEO and artistic director, Gabrielle Mordy, about her role at Studio A. Gabrielle and her staff have such passion and focus for Studio A we wish all artists had a Gabrielle assisting their careers!
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    Studio A is a supported studio based in Sydney Australia that tackles the barriers that artists living with intellectual disability face in accessing conventional education, professional development pathways, and opportunities needed to be successful and renowned visual artists. The enterprise paves professional pathways for such artists so that they can achieve their artistic and economic aspirations.
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    We also spoke to artist Thom Roberts. Thom has a fascination and deep personal connection with trains. He sees them as having their own personalities and characters; they are his friends. He even gave us our own train name, Julie was Rosie and Fiona was Harbour Bridge! We also spoke to him about his animal portraits and his love of photocopiers. We loved this fun conversation with Thom.
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    Studio A provides its artists with a working studio space equipped with specialist materials and support staff. It also manages an annual exhibition program and facilitates weekly workshops provided by invited contemporary artists. Studio A supports a variety of artists working within a range of disciplines and thus strategically links Studio A artwork with an equally diverse range of target markets including art, design, craft, and corporate markets.
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    If you haven’t already heard about the Incognito Art Show where proceeds are going to Studio A, then get onto their website before Friday to take part in this great show.
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    You can also buy artworks and products, which are so fantastic, from their website studioa.org.au
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    ABC Iview has a series of Art Bites on a few Studio A artists which are well worth watching.
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    Thanks, Studio A!

  • Artist Fiona Barett-Clarke from Parramatta is an amazing landscape painter who is chasing the precious ordinary moments. She is represented by St Cloche gallery in Paddington.

    You can find Fiona's work on instagram https://www.instagram.com/fionabarrettclark/?hl=en

    or her website https://www.fionabarrettclark.com

    Fiona has a show coming up at St Cloche gallery in July check it out.https://saintcloche.com/shop/category/fiona-barrett-clark/

    It was a joy to chat with Fiona.

  • @art.wank is back this week with a new episode with two interviews in one, firstly with recently graduated HSC student Finn McGrath, son of artist James McGrath (episode 44). We interviewed Finn next to his artwork at Art Express, Armoury Gallery, Sydney Olympic Park. We talked to Finn about the ideas behind his HSC artwork and his future in the art world. We have combined this episode with another fab young person artist Elise Cooke who has recently graduated from the National Art School. We wanted to talk to her about what art school was like and what she’s up to now! We hope these interviews give young inspiring artists some knowledge of doing HSC art and going to art school...

    Thanks so much, Finn and Elise for talking to us, we hope to interview more of the 'youth' to find out about their experiences at school, art school and university, and beyond.

  • This weeks Art W**k guest is Denise Gasser a fine artist, art facilitator, and mother of four young boys. She lives in Utah with her husband and kids.
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    Denise put on an exhibition called Art After, which we loved - here’s what it’s about -
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    ‘I began this series in 2014 when mothering and art-making began to feel impossible. I didn’t have the time and energy to make art, but I also knew I would be miserable if I quit. This project is my attempt to reconcile these roles. I make small paintings and only work on each one until I get interrupted, which never takes long at my house! I document the times and interruptions on the backs—little glimpses into life behind the scenes, bum wipes and all. As the pieces accumulated I began sharing the project on Instagram where it has found a global audience and sparked a larger conversation about the challenges and joys of being an artist/mother. In 2019 Art After had a successful gallery debut in Vancouver BC.’
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    We had such an inspired chat with Denise about how she fits it all in, her ‘Art After’ exhibition and how she goes about making a painting. You’ll be so inspired after listening and if you’ve got kids, lots of ideas to get your art done!
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    She can be found on her website http://www.denisegasser.com
    or on her instagram https://www.instagram.com/denisegasserart/


    check out http://www.carveouttimeforart.com as mentioned by Denise



  • We had a really interesting chat with Emma-Kate Wilson about her journey into art writing through an Arts theory degree, writing art statements, and the importance for artists to be professionals. Thanks for speaking to us Emma-Kate.

    After volunteering at a little ARI gallery in the Rocks, Emma-Kate decided to immerse herself in the visual language of Australia. In 2015, she embarked on a degree in Art Theory at UNSW and Art & Design in Paddington, Sydney, graduating in June 2018. Since then she has been published extensively in print and digital media, as well as working at some of Sydney's most prominent cultural institutions.

    Today, she can happily say, she is working full time as a freelance art and design journalist— including copywriting for renowned artists, designers, and publications.

    Emma-Kate writes regularly for Art Almanac, Artist Profile, Hunter & Folk, Est Living, Habitus Living, Domain Living, Ocula, MutualArt. She has also written for The Local Project, Vault, Articulate PR ( & The Golden Mean), Running Dog, un Projects, Art + Australia Online, Urban List, Art Monthly, ABC Arts, Lovatt's Media: Mindful Parenting & Audrey Daybook, Broadsheet, Concrete Playground, and Time Out.

    She also provides an awesome service for artists, writing copy for websites, statements etc. Get in touch with Emma through her website.

  • Thanks so much to Amanda Tye the Landscape painter who's dreamy whimsical tones, evocative of the landscape as seen through a slumber’s daze, Amanda Tye captures Sydney’s water’s edge in acrylic and oil on canvas. Based on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, the artist is inspired by the natural world as a way to escape and retreat from the busyness of everyday life—her works inspire us to be in the moment.

    Tye studied Fine Arts at the University of New South Wales, graduating in 2000. She then went on to complete her Bachelor of Art Education and taught Visual Arts and photography for 15 years — all while practising her painting. In 2017, the artist left teaching to pursue a full-time career as an artist, and now has a studio poised in the bush.

    Using the influences of sculpture and maths, Tye is able to divide the composition, building tension of push and pull in the landscape. Each zone in the artwork almost flitters between seasons and weather patterns. A dark and stormy patch gives way to the bright glare of the sun lighting up the rocks. (Emma Kate Wilson )

    You can find Amanda on her website https://www.amandatye.com/about
    or instagram https://www.instagram.com/amanda_tye/?hl=en

    Amanda sells through Sydney Road Gallery https://sydneyroadgallery.com

    or you can contact directly for commissions.

    Amanda is having a solo at Sydney Road Gallery in March this year check it out.

  • We interviewed 3 artists who are putting on an exhibition at the Hazlehurst gallery exhibition Space. Their exhibition entitled, Interconnected21, shows 4 artists, Penny Sadubin, Tim Rushby-Smith, Anne Richmond and Leanne Waterhouse, and their response to the conservation of the environment. Triggered by the devastation of the bushfires on the South Coast the group, a husband and wife and old friends from art school, decided to put on a show at the exhibition space at the Hazelhurst regional art gallery.

    We had a great chat with Penny, Tim and Anne over zoom (Leanne couldn't make it due to work commitments) about their individual artworks, how they juggle work, life and kids to make art and much more.

    Good luck with the exhibition, if you are in the area go see the exhibition or check it out online.

  • Thanks to our guest this week the awesome calm, warm, artist and teacher Tonee Messiah. We really enjoyed visiting Tonee's studio in Marrickville. She is in a space with a group of other artists and near the amazing Reverse Garbage. Tonee majored in painting at Sydney college of the Arts.

    Tonee's can be described as an Abstract artist - she is using colour shape and line and surfaces to deepen space. She is a very slow maker - she spends a lot of time looking and she has an amazing practise where she never allows herself to go with the first choice and she pushes her creative mind to problem solve.

    Tonee is with Gallery 9 - https://www.gallery9.com.au

    and also in Melbourne with Nicholas Thompson Gallery https://www.nicholasthompsongallery.com.au/artists/tonee-messiah/

    Tonee loves to use her experiences of discussions in her teaching to feed back into her work.
    Tonee's teaching at UNSW and NAS. Tonee is truely a special teacher and I urge you to check out her course online at NAS.

    Check her out on her instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/toneemessiah/?hl=en

    The artist I forgot is Michael Muir https://sophiegannongallery.com.au/artists/michael-muir-181








  • We had a wonderful time with Christine at her house in Birchgrove where Fiona and I were treated to a beautiful homemade lunch with Christine and her husband, Marius. What a generous and lovely couple. Their house is full of amazing art, painted by Christine or collected over the years making it a treasure trove of curiosities.

    Christine is a full time working artist, exhibiting regularly in solo and group shows and teaches workshops too. Busy lady. Check out her website for more information.

    'I am a figurative, still life artist who paints in Acrylic on stretched canvas.
    My work builds upon other Australian still life painters such as Margaret Preston in the use of Australian flora in the restricted workspace of the domestic environment.
    My current practice has pushed these limitations with a more esoteric staging that still holds a tangible quality, within the viewer's immediate spatial boundaries and with concrete reality. While at once centred and stable, the fragility of the environment is expressed through the use of delicate dried flowers and bush fire-blackened, banksia.
    The symmetry and balance of the works is a quest for calm amidst the current world uncertainty. The use of reflection and transparency is both a literal and spiritual call for truth and serenity.'

    Happy listening and thanks again Christine x

  • This weeks podcast was recorded on zoom - we talked to the mixed media Artist Karen Stamper who is based in the UK and is currently in lockdown in the UK.

    You can find out about Karen's workshops and work on her website.
    https://karenstampercollage.com

    find out about Karens courses on her instagram

    https://www.instagram.com/karen_stamper_collage/?hl=en
    https://www.instagram.com/concertinasketchbooks/?hl=en

    Shout out to the girls at Art Juice -
    https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=art+juice+podcast&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

    Many thanks to karen for a great chat ...

  • Kathryn Dolby is a delightful young artist who chatted to us about her painting practise, being a mother and how her daughter inspires and influences her work from showing her new and beautiful colours to mix and watching her intuitive mark making.

    check out her work on her website
    https://www.kathryndolby.com
    or her instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/kathryndolby/?hl=en

    Kathryn lives in a beautiful space in the Northern Rivers and works in a 100 year old studio that used to be a blacksmiths space she was generous chatting to us about the stories within her work - she has an ability to describe in paint life experiences, leaving us room to look and discover.

    Go to Kathryn Dolby's instagram to explore her work - she is aiming to find the middle ground, the many moments, not the inside, nor the outside,

    She has a show coming to Michael Reid Northern Beaches this July

    Check out our Art Wank instagram to see Freda's inside shell paintings and more of Kathryns work .

    Thanks for listening .

  • Our first guest of 2021 is the wonderful and prolific artist, Mike Staniford. We recorded this on zoom in January lockdown so bare with us for sound. We also talk about an artist who can't be named, this is Debbie Mackinnon, Mikes Wife! We have interviewed Debbie not he podcast and Fiona is always dropping her name so that is the running joke!

    Mike Staniford is a contemporary Australian artist, inspired by the bold colours of nature and the celebration of its shapes and forms. Mike’s paintings are intuitive and gestural and seek to reinterpret the landscape, to distil down its complexity and eliminate the unnecessary.

    “My paintings are a result of engaging in a dialogue with the landscape. Refiguring the geographical elements, playing with the compositional structure and keeping the geometry rich and varied, regardless of the literal proportion of form.”

    Thanks for listening and don't forget to check Mikes Instagram for upcoming workshops and exhibitions.