Episodes

  • It's difficult to describe the work of James Drinkwater, he really is indefinable. His confidence and talent shine in his work, bold and edgy, full of energy and texture.

    James was always destined to be an artist as we discovered in our chat, an aunt providing the nurturing and example to become an artist alongside a close and loving family. He won the Brett Whiteley scholarship in 2014, propelling him further into a dynamic career. He is represented by two major galleries, Nanda Hobbs, Sydney, and Nicholas Thompson, Melbourne.

    'James Drinkwater studied at the National Art School, Sydney (2001) and has held solo exhibitions since 2004 in Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, and internationally in London and Singapore. A survey exhibition The sea calls me by name was held at Newcastle Art Gallery in 2019.

    James Drinkwater’s work has been included in group exhibitions throughout Australia and internationally in Berlin, Leipzig, and London. He has been awarded the Brett Whiteley Travelling Scholarship (2014), the John Olsen National Art School Life Drawing Prize (2002) and has been a finalist in the Wynne Prize, Sulman Prize, John Glover Art Prize, Paddington Art Prize, Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Dobell Drawing Prize, and the Salon de Refuses.

    James Drinkwater has undertaken international residencies in Germany, Kenya, Paris, and Tahiti. His work is held in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artbank, and several significant regional and tertiary collections.'

    He has recently embarked on a new project creating a ballet inspired by William Dobell’s, ‘Storm approaching Wangi’, to be performed at Lake Macquarie's MAP Mima in November. We cant wait to see it!
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    He also has an exhibition coming up at Nicholas Thompon in Melbourne coming up - 27 JUL TO 13 AUG.

    Thanks to James for having us and Ben Adams for the Photos!

  • Harriett Watts many thanks for welcoming us into your studio. Harriet has always been interested in change and ephemerality - she is fascinated about materials and how we can become more focused on sustainability.

    You can find out more about Harriett on her instagram

    https://www.instagram.com/hettywatts/?hl=en

    or on linked in

    https://au.linkedin.com/in/harriet-watts-587649118?original_referer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

    The art show at the V&A called Food that Fiona mentioned can be read about here https://www.vam.ac.uk/articles/about-the-exhibition-food-bigger-than-the-plate

    To learn about The forty-nine studio have a look at the instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/thefortyninestudio/?hl=en

    The artist in UK who re

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  • Tara Axford welcomed us into her home in Sydney last week to talk with us about her work, and her 25-year career as art director of publications such as The Good Weekend magazine.

    'As a mixed media artist working with prints, collage, mixed media, fibre arts, and photography, I am interested in the push-pull of constantly searching for something... Are we developing something new or are we constantly referencing and influenced by the past?I draw inspiration from my surrounds, I find patterns, textures, imperfections. The forgotten, the weathered, the discarded appeal to me. '

    We talked to Tara about working full time and making time for art, her process of collecting her 'pocket finds' and sharing them with her large online following, her online course with Fibre Art Take Two, what success means to her, and much more.

    Tara has a show at Gosford Regional Gallery on 24th June, with the Makers Studio, so go see it.

    Thanks so much for talking to us, Tara, and showing us your beautiful work and studio.

    Links -
    Studio Print Studio printing tiny books
    Blurb printing - for printing of catalogues
    Pro Camera by Moment

  • Many thanks to Suzanne Archer for welcoming us into your home and studio. We enjoyed your hospitality and generosity so much.

    Suzanne will be showing at Nicholas Thompson Gallery from 15 June to 2 July.

    You can get THE BOOK - The Song of the Cicada from Nicholas Thompson Gallery. https://www.nicholasthompsongallery.com.au/artists/suzanne-archer/

  • Lily Cummins is an artist from the Southern Highlands. We had a great chat about studying and residencies. Her practise examines both the self and the emotive bonds and attachments

    Lily feels that she attaining a Masters has given her practise a great deal of rigger,
    It really helped her grow as an artist and a person to keep studying and gain a masters.

    Lily studied at NAS and graduated from her masters in 2018
    you can find Lily on her website
    http://www.lilycummins.com

    Lily is inspired and likes a huge spectrum of artists - Folk and Outsider art James Castle, Miro, Matisee, Rachel Whiteread, William Kentridge.

    Lily also works at the new art space in the southern highlands - The fantastic space called Ngununggula in Bowral.

    https://www.ngununggula.com

  • Thanks to Utopia Gallery and Helen Eager for showing us your work and talking to us at your amazing studio.

    'Helen Eager has sustained a solo exhibition program for over three decades with her drawings, paintings and prints. Over the years, the shift from domestic interiors to pure abstraction has been a consistent evolution, her love of colour and light a constant thread.

    Helen Eager studied at the South Australian School of Art in the 1970s. A Masters degree at COFA in the late eighties focused on large-scale works on paper, which took her drawing to a new level. A residency at the Greene St Studio in New York in 1988 was pivotal as Eager's work evolved towards pure abstraction.'

    Helens work can be found on the Utopia website https://www.utopiaartsydney.com.au/artworks.php?artistID=7-Helen-Eager

    Helen is a part of Vivid this year - her work will be on the

  • Marina Debris is a great pseudonym for this American, Australian-based artist and activist. She uses trash washed up on the beach to create 'trashion', such as in 2020, a dress made out of hundreds of discarded face masks. Marina has also created installation work, such as, 'The Inconvenience Store', for Sculpture by the Sea, which was a mock-up shop, created with re-used materials displaying trash for sale. She is a passionate advocate for recycling, reuse, and buying less. She has used art as a medium to talk about, teach and create discussion around environmental issues and animal rights.

    We had a great chat about all things 'rubbish!', thanks, Marina.

    Marina has a Wikipedia page with all her publications and information so check it out here.

  • We spoke to Malcolm Greenwood at his studio in Mosman. What a lovely man. He showed us around his amazing studio full of pots, bowls, and plates, some of 400 makes a week for Australia's top restaurants and hotels such as Bennelong and the Baillie Lodges Group. He started out in business management and then a realisation that his health was suffering from the stress he started his journey in ceramics. We talked to him about the perception of ceramics in Australia, how he makes his ceramics, mentorship, and much more. it was a great chat and we were so happy to meet Malcolm and learn about his successful career and how he gives back by teaching master classes.

    'Malcolm Greenwood began working with clay while studying for a degree in Business Administration at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, U.S.A., in 1976. After moving to Boston, he began studying various Japanese pottery techniques with visiting Japanese potter, Makoto Yabe, including throwing, ‘neriage’, glaze formulation, and firing techniques.

    While living in Nigeria (1978 to 1979) Malcolm built a wood-fired kiln, producing pots using local materials. In addition he traveled throughout much of West Africa, studying the traditional pottery techniques and various collections of antique and contemporary pottery. The form and texture of many of the African pots have had an influence on the development of his work.

    On returning to the U.S.A. in 1979, he again worked with Makoto Yabe. During this period Yabe’s most significant influence on his professional development as a potter, was with regards to the philosophy of making and firing pots.

    Malcolm returned to Australia in 1980, working in clay on a part-time basis until 1989, when he left the corporate world, finally, to begin a career as a full-time as a potter.'

    malcolmgreenwood.com

  • Misha Harrison is an artist from Wollongong, NSW, specialising in assembled plywood artworks. She carefully cuts, carves, sands, stitches and paints her artworks into life, depicting still life, portraiture, and abstraction. We spoke to Misha at a live interview at Sydney Road Gallery back in Feb, and at Fiona and I's exhibition back in February. Misha drove all the way from Wollongong and back to speak with us, thanks, Misha!!!! Since then she won the Jumbledonline 2022 Superstar competition, so we spoke to her again over zoom for this podcasts interview to ask her about that.

    Misha's exhibition starts on May 5th at Sydney Road Gallery, Balgowlah, so go see it!

  • Michelle Connolly studio is so awesome, full of her assembled sculptures, paintings and creations. It's like stepping into a theatre, full of characters and stories between them. Michelle is very interested in outsider art, she sees something in that kind of work that she recognises. We had a great chat with her about living in the USA in North Carolina and how that shaped her work, about how she makes her pieces with a variety of found objects and materials, her studio practice, and much more. She is a fascinating artist, bursting with creativity and life.

    Thanks for talking to us , Michelle, we loved meeting you and visiting your wonderful studio.


  • We had a fabulous chat with Donna Green in Utopia Gallery, Waterloo, surrounded by her beautiful exhibition, Vessel, which is on at the gallery from 2nd April - 30th April. Go have a look at these amazing ceramics, collages, and drawings, all speaking to each other in a visceral way. We talked to Donna about living in New York, how she came to ceramics, the technicalities of making her work, being a woman in the art world, and all things art! What a lovely woman, talented, humble, and forging new paths with her art! Very exciting to see. She is very inspiring!

    'Donna Green's ceramic vessels, although seemingly abstract, are all based on vases and urns that permeate human cultural history.

    Thrown and altered, the bulbous shapes are melded into contorted, ambiguous forms. Glazes rich in colour, metallic or glossy, matte or layered, drip and pour over the surfaces.

    Donna Green is included in the current "Clay Dynasty" exhibition of Australian Ceramics at the Powerhouse.' - Whats on Sydney

  • Hedley Roberts is an artist from the Uk - he is based in Margate in Kent. His first introduction to art was an encyclopaedia on art that his parents bought him when he was 10 years old.

    We had such a fabulous chat with him about what being an artist is and how its evolved over time.

    He simply states that you need
    Time, Space and a network of people.

    Hedley says find the activity that takes you back to core, a safe place it maybe drawing or reading, taking photographs, writing in a note book, scrapbooks - as you will have bumps in the road - find the thing that is unchallengeable and then you can use this when you hit those bumps.

    He is an artist who has been working for many years. He is predominantly interested in painting although he studied printmaking - he is an academic who has studied for a very long time, he first went to art school at 15 years old and did a degree at Central Saint Martins with the artist Helen Chadwick, and also attended the Royal College of Art and ended up lecturing after his masters at 23 years old.

    You can find out more about Hedley on his website.

    https://www.hedleyroberts.co.uk.

    Hedley talks about what kind of artist do you want to be in the book Navigating the Art World which you can order from Delphian Gallery - see link below.

    https://delphiangallery.com/artists/


    The artist support pledge is a UK concept you can find out more about it here https://artistsupportpledge.com









  • We interviewed Billy Bain in 2021 for a public live stream with Northern Beaches Council Creative Tool Kit, a professional development scheme for creatives in the area. Before the interview, we visited Billy's studio in Avalon to see the new work he is creating for his upcoming show, 'Being Manly', at Manly Art Gallery and Museum opening March 25th. His ceramic creations and paintings depict characters or identities of Australian sport, the pub and beach culture. Billy has a background in Australian surf culture, previously competing at a high level before realising his calling was in the arts.

    Thanks Billy for chatting with us and doing the live stream with us and we cant wait to see the exhibition!

    'Mythologies of the Australian male have long been ingrained in our country's national post-colonial identity. Stoic, white, able-bodied, and heteronormative. But what defines the Aussie bloke nowadays? And more importantly, what does it mean to be a bloke that falls outside the archaic definitions of what being an Australian man entails?

    Billy Bain explores representations of Australian masculinity through taking perceptions of the Australian male and playfully deconstructing them. By interrogating and subverting representations of the Australian male in popular culture and the everyday suburban life he exists within, Bain seeks to create works that humour our Australian sense of identity. By “taking the piss” out of these perceptions of who he is meant to be, Bain reclaims power and autonomy over his sense of identity as an Indigenous man..

  • Matthew Wright is from Western Australia he began his creative life by studying Jazz music at University. He did a short course in painting and has been working away building his painting practise.

    He is a self taught - you can find out about his visual art practise from his website
    https://www.matthewwrightart.com

    You can also find Matthew on social media - here is his instagram link.

    https://www.instagram.com/matthewwrightart/?hl=en

    Many thanks for the chat Matthew it was heaps of fun we love your laid back WA style - best of luck with the growth of your art career.

    Fiona and Julie



  • We spoke to Nick Collerson for a long time and we left it all in because he is so damn interesting! We could have spoken to Nick for hours, he is such a deep thinker and perceptive artist, it was very insightful. We think you are going to love this episode. He also teaches at the National Art School so get yourself on one of his short courses. Nick also runs an artist studio in Sydney, which was very cool, and includes the amazing artist Justin Williams. We were so chuffed to meet Nick and Justin and want to move into the studio asap!!!

    We spoke to Nick about literally everything from his childhood moving around overseas, to poetry to life and death; it gets deep! It's so refreshing to have deep conversations about life and art. His art is next level, deeply considered, and otherworldly. It was so great to see it in real life in his studio.

    Nick is represented by Liverpool Street Gallery -

    'Nick Collerson was born in Newfoundland, Canada in 1977. He has no recollection of his place of birth. He grew up moving from country to country eventually arriving in Australia. These formative years spent moving, again and again, had a profound influence on his sense of identity, sense of place, and artwork. This instilled in him a transcultural view that is recognized as the “3rd culture kid” perspective; which essentially means not identifying with nationality, feeling instead like a citizen of nowhere and everywhere.

    Now based in Sydney, Collerson draws on his observations of the environment and his personal experience for subject matter and themes. His painting practice is not aligned with one style, instead, he is open to diverse ways of making paintings, and he places equal emphasis on the material, social, historical, poetic, and perceptual aspects of art-making.

    “Some commit themselves to abstraction or minimalism, others figuration, landscape or a specific cultural identity, though I consider all of these, my focus is the poetics of painting, in other words, human perception. Consequently, my life/art is informed by a wide range of cultural perspectives” Collerson 2020

    Nick has graduated from the National Art School in 2011 with a Masters of Fine Art and has taught there since 2013.' -Liverpool Street Gallery

  • Orlanda Broom is a landscape and abstract painter from the UK she paints highly saturated dense exotic jungly places in her landscapes that are alluring and incising but if you got stuck in them you would perhaps be afraid...

    You can find these amazing paintings on Orlanda's website
    https://orlandabroomartist.com

    You can also find her on her on instagram
    https://www.instagram.com/orlandabroom/?hl=en

    All the references to Orlanda's work mentioned in the podcast can be found on the above links.

    Many Thanks Landy

    Fiona and Julie.



  • We LOVED talking to Morgan Stokes in his amazing apartment in Sydney surrounded by his beautiful artwork. He is pushing the boundaries of what a painting can be, or is defined to be, which is very exciting.

    We met Morgan, his partner Charlie, and their friend at The Other Art Fair and instantly loved them all! We had an art crush on Morgan’s work after Sophie from Curatorial and Co. told us about him. Morgan is represented by Sophie and is having a solo show, Virtual Gaze, opening March 2nd, opening night March 3rd. You really have to see Morgan’s work in the flesh, they beg to be looked at closely for their subtleties. So get your self down to his opening and take a closer look.

    We talked to Morgan about the definition of a painting, working with restraint, his path to being an artist, Picasso and much more…

    Thanks for talking to us Morgan, we really loved it 😍

    We should also mention, Morgan has artistic flair in the family, his Aunt is the wonderful painter Sally Stokes.


  • Emily Ball is an artist and teacher from the UK - she described herself as WHAT SHE IS NOT - an artist who paints things as they look or an abstract painter she is somewhere in between. She wants to make visual poetry. She is a self described magpie.

    https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=emily+ball+artist&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

    Emily advise was so valuable and encouraging about how to keep going as an emerging artist and suggestions of how to grow.

    If you would like to purchase Emily's book

    Emily's courses can be found on the website Emily Ball at Sea White. http://www.emilyballatseawhite.co.uk

  • You are going to love this one!!

    We spoke to Emilya, the 'wizardess of lightbulb moments', founder and director of Art Pharmacy, an art consultancy in Sydney.

    We spoke to Emiya about her illustrious art career in the UK and Australia, and how Art Pharmacy came about. She is a wonderful powerhouse of knowledge, culture, and art, brimming with ideas and interesting projects. She has also written a book, Making Art Matter, which builds a bridge between artists and organisations, governments and the corporate world. Art Pharmacy is also launching an exciting NFT platform that will be a game changer for artists.

    'Art Pharmacy is a specialist project manager and purveyor of authentic culture. We pride ourselves on our grass-roots connection to creative communities, common-sense advice, and a nimble approach. We like to understand the “why” of a project and we aren’t afraid to ask questions and bring fresh perspectives. We have no commercial affiliations with any galleries, so we are free to recommend the most suitable artists based on your brief and budget, which we do by utilising our huge and ever-growing community of artists. We are constantly looking for fresh artist talent and maintain an engaged artist community as a priority. We prefer to support local artistic talent where possible.'

    Art Pharmacy is a valuable part of the Australian art world. Thanks for talking to us Emilya, and thanks to your wonderful team in the office too.

    We also mention the wonderful artist James McGrath so check out his work...

  • Amanda O'Bryan from Creative Queen Bee spoke to us about her childhood and about publishing a book called Daily Acts of Creativity.

    We really enjoyed talking to Amanda about her creative journey she began life as a graphic designer, she has been also been a painter and a printmaker, and even a designer who worked on the TV show Better Homes and Garden.

    Amanda shared with us how she has turned around a creative life from burn out and has unpacked the creative process and how a creative life can be beneficial to us,

    You can find out more about Amanda on her website

    https://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=amanda+obryan+the+creative+queen+bee&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

    and her https://www.instagram.com/creativequeenbees/?hl=en

    You can purchase her book on AMAZON https://www.amazon.com.au/Daily-Acts-Creativity-everyday-creative/dp/0648824608/ref=sr_1_1?crid=UYO8L5U23JMD&keywords=Amanda+obryan&qid=1643690631&s=books&sprefix=amanda+obryan%2Cstripbooks%2C440&sr=1-1

    Thanks Amanda