Ep 139: Yvette Coppersmith
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by Maria Stoljar
3w ago
For those of you interested in portraiture in Australia, Yvette Coppersmith needs no introduction.   She has painted dozens of portraits, including a collection of fascinating self-portraits, and is regularly shortlisted in the country’s most competitive portrait awards. In 2018 she was awarded the one that would place her in Australian art history – the Archibald Prize. What has captured my attention more recently, though, are Yvette’s abstract works, particularly a body of work I saw in her exhibition ‘Presage’ at Sullivan + Strumpf in Sydney last year. They were thickly textured, swirl ..read more
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Ep 137: Paul Newton (part 2)
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by Maria Stoljar
2M ago
Most artists know that painting a portrait in a tradition where colour and form appear realistic takes years of training where trial and error play an important part. This is part 2 of my interview with leading portrait painter Paul Newton. He makes the analogy of a painter being like a cook and it’s an appropriate one. And like a celebrity chef printing his secret recipes in a cookbook, Paul shares in this episode many of the lessons he’s learnt through his years of experience. In the first of this two part conversation, Paul spoke with me about how he became an artist and the stories be ..read more
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Ep 136: Paul Newton (part 1)
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by Maria Stoljar
3M ago
It was the 80s. Paul Newton had finished a science degree and was a singer in a band. He sensed, though, that this was not meant to be his life’s work. ‘I’m a bit of a perfectionist and unless I can do something really well I find it frustrating to do it at all’. So he decided to change course and he put that perfectionism to good use; he is now one of Australia’s most highly skilled and accomplished portrait painters. If you are interested in the Archibald prize,  you no doubt will have seen a Paul Newton portrait. He’s been a finalist 15 times, a People’s Choice winner twice and Packing ..read more
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Ep 135: Belinda Street
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by Maria Stoljar
4M ago
It’s hard to define what makes a good landscape painting but, if you investigate the backstory, you might find the artist has a close connection with that place. In Belinda Street’s October show at Straitjacket Artspace, ‘Keep your feet on the ground and your thoughts at lofty heights’, her bond with the alpine landscape was obvious, particularly with Mt Kosciuszko in NSW. Her repeated exploration of that mountain has led to exciting reimaginings in paint. A winner of one of Australia’s most significant landscape painting prizes, the Paddington Art Prize, Belinda evokes a reverence for this na ..read more
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Ep 134: Nicholas Harding (2019)
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by Maria Stoljar
4M ago
We lost one of our greatest artists last night. Nicholas Harding – landscape, still life and portrait painter – and my heart sank when I heard the news.  It’s early afternoon and already there are many tributes coming through in the newspapers and social media. It’s clear he will be greatly missed by many. When I started this podcast, Nicholas Harding was on my wish list and when he agreed to an interview three years later I felt like I had hit the jackpot. I was right. He was one of the most  authentic, warm and thoughtful guests I’ve interviewed and it was a privilege to meet him i ..read more
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Ep 133: Fred Fowler
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by Maria Stoljar
5M ago
There is something mesmerising about Fred Fowler’s paintings. The multitude of small, colour-filled shapes scattered across a monochrome background raise a lot of questions. Is that a pink cat? A cactus? An alien? Next to a mobile phone tower? Are they related? Other amorphous elements seem purely abstract but still somehow evoke a response; a memory, an emotion. The viewer is taken into an alternate space where objects might be floating or fixed but often not identifiable. Ultimately it’s a sensory experience which demands multiple viewings so it’s not surprising that these works fly off gall ..read more
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Ep 132: Jacqui Stockdale and ‘Heads of the Family’
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by Maria Stoljar
6M ago
Jacqui Stockdale is a previous podcast guest . I asked her back onto the show after I saw a series of portraits she posted on Instagram.  Her stepfather, George Stirling, was nearing the end of his life and Jacqui was painting the portraits of family and friends who were visiting over that difficult time. George passed away in June.  The works were swiftly painted alla prima, mostly in one sitting from life or an iPhone image, and the resulting group of over twenty portraits is titled ‘Heads of the Family’. In this episode Jacqui talks with me about the experience of painting th ..read more
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Ep 131: Idris Murphy
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by Maria Stoljar
7M ago
‘Colour, for me, is the main game’ Idris Murphy tells me as we sit in his studio in Sydney’s southern suburb of Kurnell, a stone’s throw from Botany Bay. On various easels around the room are works in progress. His distinctive energetic brushstrokes, often using metallic paint, the carefully placed collage pieces and thin lines scratched into the wet surface are just part of what makes up his arresting work. And yes, colour takes centre stage – in this case bringing life to the landscape of the Northern Territory’s East MacDonnell ranges which he has visited and revisited. Idris Murphy is one ..read more
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Ep 130: Luke Sciberras (uncut)
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by Maria Stoljar
8M ago
For over 25 years, previous podcast guest Luke Sciberras has been immersing himself in landscapes across the world, returning to his studio to draw on the smaller works created from life. His paintings are bold and have a commanding presence. Many of those works, as well as drawings and prints, have been brought together for the first time in two excellent survey shows. The exhibitions, titled ‘Luke Sciberras: Side of the Sky’, are running concurrently at Campbelltown Arts Centre and Bathurst Regional Art Gallery in NSW and include works sourced from public and private collections around ..read more
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Ep 129: Daniel Boyd
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by Maria Stoljar
9M ago
Most artists remember their first show. Maybe they were lucky enough to sell a few works, usually to family and friends. Daniel Boyd remembers his. It was in the year he graduated from university but family and friends didn’t stand a chance. The entire exhibition was bought by the National Gallery of Australia.  Daniel describes himself in those university days in Canberra as ‘a shy young First Nations man from Far North Queensland’. That reserved nature still comes through even though I was speaking with him at the exhibition ‘Treasure Island’ which celebrates his career with over 80 wor ..read more
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