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Thursday, 16 March 2017

Nicky Philipps: 1 minute without a paint brush.

One minute with Nicky Philipps has given us a lot to think about - a whole list of artists to read up on, a new genre of music to listen to, and an exciting young exhibition to put in the diary for June! 

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, oil on canvas, 96" x 60", 2016

1.) Most influential artist on your work & why?
I’m afraid one is not an option, the list is constantly growing; Van Dyck, Velasquez, Sargent, Rembrandt, Lawrence, Manet, Monet, William Nicholson, Peploe. There is always something new to learn.

2.) Favourite medium & why?
Oil, there is such vast range of colours.
  
3.) Do you listen to music when you paint, if so what genre? 
Country and western. It’s "feel good" music, it even makes me feel good if a painting isn't quite working.

4.) When you’re not painting what do you most like doing?  
Anything to do with horses. Cook, play bridge or design things... And travel, except that this can sometimes count as work because I always take my sketch book.

5.) Favourite Art Collection?  
National Portrait Gallery, especially their early 20th century rooms.

6.) London’s best kept secret?  
Rossetti Studios. Although we’re planning an exhibition for young artists there this summer, so the secret may not be so well kept after that… Hopefully it will inspire the next generation though.

7.) Dream studio location? A barn in Chianti.

8.) What portrait are you working on at the moment?
A very funny lady from Dallas who loves Sargent and country music.

9.) Any (discreet) amusing anecdotes from a sitting?
 I wish I could remember them, but as most of my brain is focusing on painting the portrait only the most dramatic stories seem to register, and they will remain secret...

10.) Who would you like to paint next?  
My current sitter's husband/family. That will be proof that she likes her own portrait. Or Dame Edna Everage.

11.) Any tips for young portrait artists starting out? Learn to draw properly.

12.) Last meal you’d like to eat?
Mashed potato and lemon cheesecake. In that order. Both with cream.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Jamie Coreth: One minute without a paintbrush



      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....


1.)    Most influential artist on your work & why?  

Mark 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? 

Sometimes. And varied.... electropop through to classical. Bob Dylan, fleetwood mac, Leonard cohen all play music that is uplifting more than it is distracting.
 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.
      
       Ur welcome.