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Author: Fiona Verity and Julie Nicholson

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Come along for the ride with two comical, curious artists Fiona Verity and Julie Nicholson talking about there creative journey and hear them interviewing artists, curators, gallery owners, teachers and all the creatives they can find to guide them within the arts community and enjoy the banter between them whilst they discuss the art world as they try to navigate through all the Art W**k .
40 Episodes
This week we spoke to Indivi Sutton who grew up in New York and has had the most amazing art education from her family and going to a Steiner School.  Indivi is inspired by still life but has changed her practise to simplifying the colour and the form and focusing on the stains. You can find out about Indivi's artwork on her website check out her Instagram's work is based around memory and feeling Indivi has studied at Rhode island Summer of Design in New York https://www.risd.eduIndivi has been studying a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Sydney college of the Arts is the assistant with Antonia Mrljakart is in a shared studio area with Alan Jones https://www.alanjonesonline.comFelicity Ashley Frost Indivi talks about her materials she uses pigments her favourites are Langridge is inspired by Rothko Cy Twomby like us you did not know the The light and Space Movement of the 1960's - Bell and James Turell so much for a great chat .. looking forward to the show at St Cloche.. 
This week we spoke to art curator and writer extraordinaire,  Amber Creswell Bell. We were thrilled Amber drove all the way to Avalon from Thirroul to speak to us (she did visit the new gallery she is curating at Studio Direct Michael Reid Newport too!). We had the best chat about curating, writing books, fitting it all in with kids, choosing artists, advice on buying art, being an enthusiastic creative hustler and much more. Her first book, Clay, published by Thames & Hudson, released October 2016, showcases over 50 contemporary ceramic artisans from Australia and abroad.Amber’s second book, A Painted Landscape, released in October 2018, profiles the diverse work of 50 of Australia’s landscape painters.2021 will see the release of Amber’s monograph on artist Ken Done, and ‘Still Life’ – a compilation of Australian still-life painters, also published by Thames & Hudson.Her editorial work has been published in many of Australia’s leading titles.Check out her website here. Thanks, Amber, really enjoyed meeting you and thanks for sharing the knowledge!
This week we were lucky enough to talk to Marisa in her new creative space called Forum in Bondi - we were surrounded by her magical paintings, she shared so many gems and wise words with us. Marisa was kind enough to share tips and tricks and guide us through her art career that has been long and full. You can find out more about Marica by checking out her website and her Instagramhttp://www.marisapurcell.comand thanks for an amazing chat- hope you enjoyed it. Fiona and Julie  
We interviewed Stephen Coburn at his amazing studio in the artistic community, Headland Artists, at Georges Heights, Mosman. We had a long chat with Stephen about his father, the artist, John Coburn, his days at the National Art School where he met Reg Mombassa and formed the band, Mental As Anything. We heard some great stories about the bans and his time at art school. Stephen is making sculptures for an upcoming sculpture trail at the beautiful Akuna Bay starting November 15th,  in conjunction with Sydney Road Gallery and D'Albora Marinas. Be sure to check it out, designed for everyone to interact with and touch! Great for a family day out. Stephen is also a leading conservator and we talked to him about his craft and some interesting information about painting conservation. We also asked him about a past project he was involved with called, Utes in the Paddock, where artists and the community in Ootha, Central NSW was called upon to turn old utes into artworks. It sounded like such a fun thing to be a part of. Thanks for talking to us, Stephen, we could have talked for hours!
Thanks for talking to us Ben Tankard you can find out more about his work on http://www.benjamintankard.comor on his instagram mentions the painting by Jasper Johns that inspired him check it out here. for listening .. Fiona and Julie 
Thanks to Sarah Montgomery for talking to us about all things printmaking, curation, and art materials .. have a listen its a fascinating podcast that you will hopefully learn from. You can check out Sarah's work on instagram is part of the fabulous Sydney Road Galleryhttps://sydneyroadgallery.comand runs Artsmart in Seaforth artists Sarah mentioned were the books on her bedside were The intaglio printmaking book The Artist Handbook of materials and Techniques
Thanks to artist, Jaimee Paul, who spoke to us from her Brookvale studio this week. New Zealand born, Sydney based Artist, Jaimee Paul‘s main subject matter is animals. Both large and small inspired by her personal interactions as a child and overseas travels; ‘they have such personality, they’re so complex and every one is so different. I try to uncover their spirit… If only they could talk!’ Art has the power to evoke emotions from audiences not usually partial to stare inside the eyes and soul of a furry being. Fostering personal connections between human viewer and animal subject – “I hope to create Art For Purpose leading to positive changes in today’s global climate.”She is also known for her portraiture and she enjoys working with all mediums from watercolour to oils, always with a touch of realism. Favouring black and white, Jaimee’s illustrations are sensitive and have an uncanny likeness to her subjects.An exhibiting artist at Melbourne’s inaugural The Other Art Fair Jaimee has taught art classes on Sydney’s Northern Beaches since 2011 and is represented by The Drawing Arm as an illustrator. She was awarded the Royal Doulton and UNSW Art & Design Award in 2014. Her artworks and commissioned pieces are hung in private collections worldwide. In 2016 she graduated with a Bachelor of Design from UNSW Art & Design.Jaimee is part of  Le Creme Creative Brookvale, Sydney.Jaimee's website Her next exhibition Inside Bloom, is with her studio partner, Meg Minkley in November. Thanks so much, Jaimee 
This weeks guest is the fine artists Wanda Comrie. She is from Western Australia and is self described as an emerging creative who's practise encompasses observational realistically rendered compositions. Responding to shadow play in domestic scenes and locally found botanicals, she reflects the beauty and complexity that everyday living can provide. Wanda sells very well via Instagram all over the world and was kind to share with us some of her ideas and processes. Check out he work on the following links. You can find Wanda on her instagram her website is https://wandacomrie.comWanda mentioned the artist Ashley Longshore was the 2019 Frankie magazine Good Stuff awards winner has won several art prizes check out her website for details. Wanda's favourite artist tool is a light with a day light globe. Wanda would love to meet the artist Margaret Olley
Art wank had a wonderful chat with the amazing Alexandra Plim. She is an hilarious multi-talented lady, mum, actress and artist. She has packed a lot into her world and after deciding to start painting 4 years ago she has an incredible following. Her work is fresh and fluid using lots of paint and lovely mark making. Alexandra has so much creative energy and started selling her work in the local Marrickville food markets when the canvases started piling up at home. We talked to her about working with kids, her acting life, hot dub time machine, art exhibitions and much more.,....Check out her fabulous work on current exhibition is on at would like to visit the studio of so much Alexandra and good luck with your painting and exhibitions.....
This week we spoke to Archibald finalist 2020 Neil Ernest Tompkins about his art and all sorts of current affairs, we hope you enjoyed the chat. Neil is currently showing in a show at titled 'Now here nowhere' , its is on from 15th to 27th September at Maunsell Wickes Gallery, on Glenmore Road in Paddington. can see his work on his website his social media is in a shared studio in Highground in Annandale collaborated with artist Sidney Teodoruk check them out at Studio Gallery works next to artist Oliver Wagner http://www.alexseton.com speaks of the sculptor friend Alex Seton http://www.alexseton.comNeil choose for his artist to meet Neo Rauch
We were thrilled to find out Joanna Gambotto lives in Avalon so we could easily visit her studio and see in person her amazing work! Her huge drawings are a sight to be seen, done in charcoal on paper depicting interiors from Hill End cottages on her recent residency there. We spoke to her about all aspects of her art career including her stint at National Art School. Joanna also makes beautiful etchings and makes ceramics too! She is a versatile and talented artist and we cant wait to see what happens next in her art career. Hill End Artist residency - Art School - Cummings -
Photographer Sally Mayman came and spoke to us about her commercial and personal photography practise - she was a joy to be with so thank you Sally for telling us so much about your inspirations and how your environment and experiences have effected your work. We had such a fabulous chat, she is full of energy and passion, we so enjoyed learning about how photography has been her life long passion and how she juggled motherhood and creativity. Sally is an artist in residence at Barrenjoey high School in Avalon where our children are lucky enough to attend and have this fabulous addition to their education. You can see Sallys work on her website on her social media on Facebook has been studying a Masters at COFA has many overseas travels and adventures with her camera one of the many projects she worked with Raleigh International. https://raleighinternational.orgSally's brother is the Rocketman - worked with Dale Kentwell on a project you can learn about it in this book told us about the plastic camera - you can find out about them here teaches children one day workshops with the Moran Art prizes is artist in residence at Barrenjoey High School works with Youth off the streets is a passionate cyclist and has participated in the Sydney to Surfers ride's favourite artist tool is the dark room and her favourite artists are Peter Dombrovskis and Peter Tricanis
Artist Ben Waters has just had a sell-out show at in Surry Hills and kindly talked to us in his Avalon home. Ben grew up on the Northern Beaches and the landscapes of Barrenjoey inspire his beautiful work, particularly his new series of work, an emotional response to his surroundings. Ben is also a Visual Art and Design Technology teacher at Stella Maris College in Manly. Ben is on the and part of in Seaforth. Basically, Ben is a very busy and talented man, so thanks for taking the time to talk to us. University of NSW - Cobb, paint maker and Bens former employer - Fred Williams artist Cummings artist
Karen Hick was very kind to talk to us about her methods and painting practise - she was very detailed about her techniques. You can see her work on her instagram or atDu Moulin Gallery is also represented by the Art gallery AGOPB Karen also works at the fabulous Avalon fabrics store go visit her there for all your haberdashery needs http://www.avalonfabrics.comKaren is one of the founding members of the Pittwater Artist Trail. can find all the materials (satin varnish, modelling paste) Karen discusses at favourite artist tool is a silicone spatula and the artist studio she would love to visit would be any questions by emailing DM us on our instagramFollow us on Instagram: artwork by Ingrid Kwong contact her
Fiona has a big crush on Todd's work and was a complete fangirl in this episode and we even talked about Frozen 2, so this episode has got it all!!Todd is a Sydney based artist, curator and performance collaborator. With a practice that integrates sculpture, moving image, performance and painting, Todd Fuller is, at his core, a draughtsman. Underpinning all aspects of his practice is a love of drawing and a belief in its power as a democratic medium to connect, engage and delight audiences. A graduate of Sydney’s National Art School, Fuller has exhibited widely across Australia over the last ten years. He was a finalist in the 2019 Sulman Prize, won the prestigious Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award in 2018, and his work is present in various public and private Australian collections, including the Parliament House Art Collection, Artbank, Sydney Harbour Trust, and numerous regional art galleries. Alongside his national success, Fuller has gained international attention, with his works in exhibitions in the United States, Italy, France, South Korea, Bangladesh, England, Singapore and Malta.We talked about his influence of William Kentridge on his animation work. Check out more of Todd's work at so much, Todd for fueling Fiona's crush...
Thanks to Sophie Nolan for welcoming us into her studio and for showing us her beautiful work based around the female form. You can learn about Sophies work on her instagram studied at Tafe in Hornsby Sophie works with a stone clay that is called Special Clay it can be bought at any art store. She is influenced by the female form and inspired by Matisee and Brett Whiteley.  Sophies pieces Mother and child can be viewed on instagram upcoming solo show Curvy is at Michael Reid talks about the book Clay by Amber Creswell Bell any questions by emailing DM us on our instagramFollow us on Instagram: artwork by Ingrid Kwong contact her
We nearly wet ourselves when artist, Laura Jones said yes to being interviewed by Art Wank! She is one of our favourite artists so we were beyond excited. We had the best chat with Laura about art school, her studio, her love of colour and much more. Her current exhibition is running at Sophie Gannon Gallery in Melbourne called, 'The Listening Ship', is a body of work showcasing her time spent in Antarctica on a research vessel. has an upcoming solo show at Manly Art Gallery and Museum in December so be sure to see that one...we cant wait. Thanks so much, Laura and happy painting! 
Thanks for listening to this weeks podcast we were lucky to be able to visit the amazing artist Catherine Cassidy in Cronulla who told us about her no fear attitude to painting from her early days of painting in oils to her current practise of using anything that works. Catherine Cassidy's work can be found on her website https://catherinecassidy.studioor on her instagram and I spoke of our online classes we have just finished at spoke of her art education she attended Tafe and National Art school to do a masters. Catherines goal in her artwork is to discover in the landscape, by a certain way of handling paint she retrieves that collective memory of the landscape - she has to keep reminding herself regularly of this need to be immersed in the natural environment. Catherine's attitude was so refreshing to talk too and very honest about her work. She went to art school to prove to herself that she did not need to go. She feels that she works better by being isolated - she wants to be stimulated by the natural world not other artists work. Catherine prefers to work on polyester or board and loves to use acrylic and oil sticks made by Sennelier.We spoke of Quentin Blake on isolation art school using a homemade mix of oil sticks watch the you tube video here Rose Wylie's work is a favourite of Catherine's check her out - quotes the artist George Baselitz on her website ‘The artist must deny everything, that’s their job.’ check him out   Julie and I went into the National park with the fantastic Tim from Girri Girra Aboriginal Experiences - you can find him on favourite art tool is her finger or a long haired hog haired filbert.Catherine would choose to visit Rose Wylie's studio or Sid Nolan.CONTACTSSubmit any questions by emailing DM us on our instagramFollow us on Instagram: artwork by Ingrid Kwong contact her
This week's episode Is with he wonderful Avalon based artist Leonie Barton. You may know her around the Northern Beaches for her ephemeral artworks, arranging natural materials Into beautiful artworks. We had a great conversation via zoom about her paintings, health constraints on her work and Leonie's past work for the photographer Anne Geddes and much more...Thanks Leonie! 
Thanks to Richard Briggs for talking to us about your drawing life and your career in Architecture. He kindly answered our questions on Zoom from his office in Redfern hence the city sounds. Thanks for bearing with us with the sound fingers crossed we get the grant soon so we can get some sound equipment. Richard is a multi talented artist who can be found on Instagram his website has a degree in Architecture from Manchester University He teaches at UNSW The architect that went blind and feels he is now better at his job is Chris Downey You can see the interview here sketchers are a world wide not for profit organisation that draw together it can be found at http://www.urbansketchers.orgArchitects that Richard recommends for us to look at David Boyle Block Jaggers  https://durbachblockjaggers.comJulie mentions architects ARCHELLO wanted to meet and visit the studio of Christo https://christojeanneclaude.netEltono's favourite artist tool is Stadaler pen 3M masking tape Richard also mentioned Hunderwasser Grayson Perry 
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