Considering Art Podcast – Olivia Kemp, top drawer

In our latest podcast episode, Olivia Kemp talks about her large-scale pen and ink drawings of magical landscapes and interiors full of personal and art historical details. She tells how art has inspired her since childhood, why she prefers pen and ink to paint, her love of the playful in her work and how a residency at the Prado Museum in Madrid five years ago spawned her current solo exhibition in London.

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Considering Art Podcast – Patrick Altes, mixed media artist of Algerian heritage

In our latest podcast episode, UK-based French mixed media artist talks about life as a “pied noir”, the name given to those of European origin born in Algeria but who moved to France following independence. He talks about how this and living in South Africa, South America and Europe have had a profound influence on his life and art.

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Considering Art Podcast – Mark Surridge, British abstract artist

In our latest podcast episode, British abstract artist Mark Surridge talks with Bob Chaundy about the Cornish art scene, his journey from graphic design to abstract art, the controversy over his picture Storm Glow, how landscape has inspired him to delve into his psyche and how a residency in New Zealand affected his work.

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Mervyn Peake – British Library acquires his Visual Archive

Mervyn Peake will be best remembered as the author of the Gormenghast trilogy, those wonderful novels full of eccentric characters populating a bizarre fantasy world. What’s less known is that Peake was an acclaimed artist, regarded as one of the best children’s illustrators of his day. The British Library has just announced that it has acquired his visual archive of more than 300 original illustrations, that will now join the library’s collection of his papers.

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