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Featured Artist Louise Balaam

Where did you grow up and does this affect your work? When I was young my family lived in various places in Surrey. As children we were able to roam around the countryside. I only realised recently that I’d spent a lot of my childhood on the north Downs and that’s probably why I feel…

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Featured Artist Nicolás Uribe

Please can you tell us about your artistic practice? I’m a contemporary figurative painter, with a strong naturalistic foundation based on working from observation, paired with a filtered sense of expression and abstraction. I’m interested in the acknowledgement of how the passage of time and our attachment to it transforms and at times distorts our…

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Featured Artist Scott Smith

Can you describe your studio practice?  Leon Kossoff when asked to describe the paintings of Frank Auerbach talked about drawing as that thing which always engaged and drove Frank’s work. He then said something which remains strong in my mind everyday when I work. He said “Drawing is not a mysterious activity. Drawing is making…

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Featured Artist Elise Ansel

Where are you from and how does this affect your work? I grew up in New York City, and that has had a profound impact upon my work. I had access to outstanding museums and I was exposed to a lot of visual art, both traditional and experimental, and that left a lasting impression. My…

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Featured Artist Harry Stooshinoff

‘It’s a big NOISY world, so I make small, quiet paintings’  Where are you from and how does this affect your work? I was born and raised in a small Canadian praire town, Kamsack, Saskatchewan. I spent the first 6 years of my life on a farm and enjoyed the wildness and freedom of country…

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Featured Artist Mark Hanson

Please can you tell us about your artistic practice? I am a figurative painter and I predominantly work from life. My practice revolves around plein air landscape painting, painting directly from the figure in the life room and working from my studio which is based in my home in North London. Where do you see…

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Featured Artist Peter Clossick

Please can you tell us about your artistic practice? I paint and draw from the figure and landscape and always from direct observation of the subject. My concern is to surprise myself, discover underlying structure, stretch my knowledge of visual language and try to discover some metaphysical essence. It is probably easier to say what…

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Featured Artist Anne Magill

Please can you tell us about your artistic practice? My work is largely figurative. It has a narrative quality. My early career was in illustration which I greatly enjoyed. I am a story teller at heart. In my painting I try to convey a sense or essence of my subjects, they’re based in realism but…

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Featured Artist Elise Schweitzer

Please can you tell us about your artistic practice? I paint directly from life, and sometimes go to great lengths to set up my scene with my models outdoors. Although I have a studio, lately I’ve become more of a nomadic painter, keeping almost everything that I need in a van and setting up in…

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Featured Artist Kate Hiley

Please can you tell us about your artistic practice? As a painter I relate to nature and my surroundings, be it a familiar or unfamiliar landscape. Drawing is the key and the starting point for my practice. I begin from an image, a drawing or something taken from life, bringing them back into the studio…

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We Interview Andrew James RP

We interview one of our much loved regular tutors Andrew James RP about his practice and life as a painter. We have two masterclasses with him coming up this year, in August and November.

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Featured Artist – Dora Pinon

  Where were you born/brought up and how has this affected your painting? I was born in Havana, Cuba in 1957. I lived in the island till I turned thirteen as a matter of fact; my birthday was during the travelling process. I left there part of my dearest family to never return. I arrived…

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Featured Artist – Fran O’Neill

We launch our featured artist series by talking to Australian born, Brooklyn residing artist Fran O’Neill, to find out about her practise, why she moved to NYC, and who her influences are. Please can you tell us about your artistic practise? The ability to manipulate oil paint and watercolor is core to my practise, abstraction, color,…

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