Our twelve big questions were put to Jamie Coreth this week. Read below for some great tips on jazz in London, what goes into becoming a portrait painter, and why we may ban him from travelling to Scotland, he could decide never to return...
Right, here we go....
Most influential artist on your work & why?
Coreth. Without meaning to sound too fuzzy, he's a constant source of
motivation and enthusiasm for me, and helps to keep me focused on the important
things. (Jamie's painting 'Dad Sculpting me' depicts his father, the sculptor Mark Coreth, sculpting him (image above). The painting won the Young Artist Award at the BP Portrait Awards 2016, National Portrait Gallery, London.)
2.) Favourite medium & why?
Oil paint.... it is such a flexible medium. You can treat it like water colour if you want or build it up indefinitely...
3.) Do you listen to music when you paint, if so what genre?
And varied.... electropop through to classical. Bob Dylan, fleetwood mac,
Leonard cohen all play music that is uplifting more than it is
I listen to a lot of audiobooks.
4.) When you’re not painting what do you most like doing?
Looking at animals.... nice landscapes.... I like fishing, flying.... netflix, I guess, actually.
5.) Favourite Art Collection? Prado
6.) London’s best kept secret? 606 club
7.) Dream studio location? Western Highlands.
8.) What are working on at the moment? A couple of huge canvases.
9.) Any (discreet) amusing anecdotes from a sitting?
I once jokingly told a portrait sitter to pop their clothes in the corner so we can get started...unamused response.
10.) Who would you like to paint next?
Um... dream sitters must include Obama, Brian Blessed and Richard Leakey.
11.) Any tips for portrait artists starting out? Work hard.
12.) Last meal you’d like to eat? .... something seafoody. Maybe scallops.
Thank you so much Jamie.