Helaine Blumenfeld – Intimacy and Isolation at Hignell Gallery, London

Esteemed sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld has a new exhibition of both new and earlier works which focus both on her anxiety and her hope for the times in which we live. Mostly conceived in lockdown and created in 2022, these new, small-scale abstract sculptures are the result of an extended sculptural vocabulary and approach intimacy both as a personal as well as a global phenomenon.

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Considering Art Podcast – Beezy Bailey, multi-media artist

In this episode, South African artist Beezy Bailey talks about his family roots, his time in New York with the likes of Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, his Fine Art degree in London, his collaborations with rock stars David Bowie, Dave Matthews and Brian Eno, his alter ego Joyce Ntobe and his response to exhibiting in an English stately home.

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Considering Art Podcast – John Atkin, sculptor

In this episode, sculptor John Atkin talks about the influence on his work of the industrial and rural landscapes of his youth, how Henry Moore came to finance his MA, the inspiration of Wilfred Owen and other literary figures, his love of found objects, how he discovered garment patterns that alluded to the human form, and his landmark sculptures in China, the US, Canada and the UK.

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Considering Art Podcast – Victoria Crowe, painter

In this episode, British painter Victoria Crowe talks about how her paintings reflect both her external and inner life, how she was attracted to the landscape of the Pentland Hills in Scotland that she made her home, the influence of Russian icons, how she responded artistically to the death of her son, the inspiration of Venice, her portrait work and her collaborations with poets, musicians and tapestry weavers.

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Considering Art Podcast – Marie-Thérèse Ross, multi-media artist

In this episode, Marie-Thérèse Ross talks about how her sculptural skills developed from collages, how she developed the idea for anthropomorphic furniture, how fragmentation expresses the sense of movement in her work, her fascination with birds and animals through which she can sometimes express anger and her recent collaboration with a composer.

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Considering Art podcast – Marcus Dove, pyrotechnic artist

In this episode, British artist Marcus Dove talks about how art saved him from a prison sentence, how he came to use explosives as his way of mark making in what he calls “creation through destruction”, how he adapted a missile launcher to blast paint on to his canvas, how his process once put him in hospital, how he used figurative narrative to examine human relationships and how he has recently tended towards complete abstraction.

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Considering Art Podcast – Andrea Tyrimos, painter

In this latest episode, prize-winning British painter Andrea Tyrimos talks about how art has been a way for channelling stress, how she began her career mixing street art with fine art, how public art has always been close to her heart, and how in solo exhibitions such as Bipolar Picasso and Resilient, she came to combine large-scale portraits with immersive audio recordings that focus on mental health.

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Considering Art Podcast – Mandy Payne, painter of Brutalist architecture

In this episode, British artist Mandy Payne talks about how she gave up dentistry for art, how she is attracted to Brutalist architecture in particular the Grade II listed Park Hill estate in Sheffield, why she paints on concrete and what advice she’d give to others thinking of changing career to become an artist.

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Considering Art Podcast – Deborah Kruger, textile artist

In this episode, American artist Deborah Kruger talks about her textile creations consisting of “feathers” made from recycled plastic in her studio in Mexico, how she learnt to use textiles growing up, how she is highlighting the extinction of bird species as well as the death of many of the world’s languages as she seeks to make work which is both decorative and thought-provoking.

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