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An Interview with British artist Milla Eastwood in her Studio in Brixton, London

The Brixton-based painter Milla Eastwood and I first met at the preview of her critically-acclaimed solo exhibition Drunk on Colour at The Dot Project in Chelsea. Although I have always favoured gestural, abstract paintings, I was yet to experience her energy and dynamic colour palette. She composes her expressive work in her expansive Brixton studio, and sometimes even ventures to botanical gardens and natural landscapes.

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An Interview with Artist Maximilian Magnus at his Studio in Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

I first encountered the German artist Maximilian Magnus’s large-scale paintings during Frieze Week at the exhibition What’s Up 2.0 curated by Lawrence Van Hagen. A few weeks later I arrived at the artist’s Berlin studio to see the beautiful space where his abstract-expressionistic paintings are created. Maximilian is known for being the young painter invited to live and work in Willem de Kooning’s East Hampton studio.

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An Interview with Internet Artist Petra Cortright in Los Angeles, California

LA-based internet artist Petra Cortright and I were introduced by the Swedish gallerist Carl Kostyal during her recent solo exhibition Orange Blossom Princess Fucking Buttercup at his London space. I felt as if I had discovered a new medium as I felt the impact of seeing her evocative work in the flesh. In fact, I was blown away by her kaleidoscopic paintings made using digital software to blend figurative and abstract elements. 

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An Interview with the American Artist Alex Dodge at his Studio in Brooklyn, New York

When he was growing up in Colorado, Alex Dodge decided that, “if you want to make beautiful things, you have to make them yourself,” and turned to the visual arts. A connoisseur of digital art, his process involves him creating a virtual fabric and letting it drape over objects to describe their form. Over the course of his artistic development, Alex continues to ask himself, “how do you make something with a complexity and immediacy.” In response, his paintings resemble living, breathing objects.

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An Interview with the Digitally-Inspired Artist Austin Lee in Queens, New York

Austin Lee is an American artist known for his playful, airbrushed acrylics. Introduced by mutual friends from London, we met at his studio in Long Island City, Queens near to MoMa PS1 and the Noguchi Museum. Combining technology and art, Austin describes himself as “a computer nerd as well as an artist,” and the proof was in his digital preparatory sketches. Austin thinks of his somewhat hallucinogenic artwork as sharing an isolated moment, keeping it alive and making it timeless.

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An Interview with the American Photographer Chase Hall in the East Village, Manhattan

Raised in California, the multifaceted photographer and painter Chase Hall now lives in the East Village, New York. Before moving to Manhattan to be surrounded by fellow artists, he worked in LA as an assistant on fashion shoots and did some commercial photography. Known for his work’s optimism and carefree aesthetic, Chase is all about the process, and believes we ought to see more of the effort behind even the most spontaneous works of art. 

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An Interview with Turkish-born Artist Hayal Pozanti in her Studio in Queens, New York

Hayal Pozanti is a Turkish artist based in Queens, New York. Upon our first meeting, I arrived at what looked like an abandoned warehouse and climbed the stairs to find corridors of individual artist studios. Reflecting her personal aesthetic, Hayal’s work space was clean and white, but also punctuated by bold splashes of colour. As we looked out across Manhattan, she talked about her roots in Istanbul, and how it compares to New York.

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An Interview with Piero Tomassoni, the co-founder of Artvisor.com in Mayfair, London

As well as being the co-founder of the online art advisory Artvisor, the multifaceted Piero Tomassoni is also a lawyer by day. Based in London, the Italian native also works closely with international galleries, collectors, magazines and institutions on his work as an independent art critic and curator. Piero's innovative project Artvisor first launched in May and has evolved into a respected online international marketplace for contemporary art with a personal art advisory service.

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An Interview with the LA-based Artist Tahnee Lonsdale at De Buck Gallery, New York

Tahnee Lonsdale is an LA-based, British painter known for her bold, eye-catching canvases. We found each other on Instagram and later met at the Victoria Miro gallery in East London to see the Yayoi Kusama retrospective before following up with an interview at De Buck Gallery, New York where her exhibition Pipe Dreams and Rabbit Holes has been met with critical acclaim. I fell for Tahnee's work, because of the subdued pastel palettes, her innovate use of negative space and of course its raw energy.

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An Interview with British Painter and Curator Shaun McDowell in his Studio in Redhill, Surrey.

Shaun is a multifaceted painter and curator who first found his feet exhibiting in a squat in Peckham, South London. An expert colourist and mark maker, he works by his own sense of spontaneity and intuition. Shaun doesn’t work with stories or ideas, but instead enters his studio and lets the painting direct itself. I was first exposed to his work in the Critic’s Choice pages of the Financial Times a few years back, so was thrilled when his gallerist and collaborator Hannah Barry introduced us.

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An Interview with Visual Artist Scarlett Bowman at her Studio in Fulham, West London

Scarlett and I met at her studio in Fulham, London and she showed me her recent works, walking me through her process and the unexpected materials she uses as a mixed-media artist. With her work exhibited at the Sunny Side Up! show at Rook & Raven Gallery as well as Polymer at Fold Gallery this summer - following the Hyperion show during Frieze New York - it’s a big year for the young artist. She was even shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2016

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An Interview with the British Photographer Kurtiss Lloyd off Brick Lane, London

The British photographer Kurtiss Lloyd and I first met at the Nomadic Community Garden off Brick Lane, London. There we spent an afternoon talking and taking photographs of the street art. Finding his way to photography through an interest in dance, Kurtiss grew up in an English mining town without any artistic training. But he soon found his way into the fashion world, collaborating with brands like Dior, Paul Smith, Vivienne Westwood and Philip Tracey. 

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An Interview with Conceptual Artist Anna Fafaliou in her Dalston studio

The conceptual artist Anna Fafaliou and I first met after a talk I gave on ‘artists of the digital generation,’ but ironically we had actually shared an Instagram flirtation before that. Just as her beautifully curated digital presence has attracted thousands of followers, her purist white installations and sculptures are continuing to make waves across the international art scene. Anna’s unique work explores the relationship between object, memory and space as well as the interplay 

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An Interview with the British Artist Tristan Pigott at Cob Galleries in Camden, London

The British painter Tristan Pigott and I met after an art dealer jotted his name in my journal at a party. A few weeks later we met at Shoreditch House for pots of tea and discussed his interest in embracing technological developments as an artist. Tristan grew up in Brighton, but studied at Wimbledon Art School and then Camberwell Art School in London where he thrived on the freedom to develop his own personal style. Although you’d be more likely...

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An Interview with the Art Dealer and Curator Lawrence Van Hagen in Mayfair, London

Lawrence Van Hagen is a curator and collector working between London and Paris. We met at Café Boulestin in Mayfair to hear about his much-anticipated exhibition What’s Up featuring fifty young contemporary artists. With a blend of both emerging and established artists, collectors will be exposed to mediums from painting to video art. The exhibition runs from the 14th-30th April between Soho Revue Gallery and the Union Club. Highlights include Jonas Wood...

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An Interview with the Painter Luke Waller at the Soho Revue Gallery, London.

Luke Waller and I met in February at the Soho Revue Gallery for a tour of his paintings on display there. We had been introduced by a photographer that we had both worked with and I was thrilled, because I had heard a lot about his work's photographic realism and strong narrative. As he composes each painting, Luke pulls together found elements from film, television and fashion photography to create a new image through a curatorial collage process.

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An Interview with the British Painter Amy Hilton in her Paris studio.

The Paris-based curator and painter Amy Hilton and I met at her studio by Barbes-Rochechouart, which she shares with the painter Laurent Godard. On a wintry weekend in Paris we drank herbal tea as she explained how she uses paint to explore philosophy. When Amy focused chanced upon two halves of pure limestone in Il-de-Re she began experimenting with watercolours and awoke to find they had dried into a delicate composition. Her exquisite studies have evolved...

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An Interview with Fashion Photographer Will Milligan at Shoreditch House, London

The British fashion photographer Will Milligan and I first met in the Lake District when we were visiting the painter Beatrice Hasell-McCosh who I was posing for. Since then we’ve collaborated on editorial shoots everywhere from art gallery basements to abandoned film sets. Since moving into fashion photography, Will has photographed Luke Waller, Hugo Hamper Potts and Hugh Harris from the Kooks as well as...

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An Interview with the Photographer Anouska Beckwith in Le Marais, Paris

Anouska Beckwith is a British photographer living in Place des Vosges, Paris. We were first introduced by a fellow writer and I soon crossed the channel to interview her for Suitcase Magazine. As both a photographer and the founder of the all-female artists’ collective World Wide Women, she lives the bohemian dream surrounded by creatives in the City of Lights. Known especially for her nude photographs, and focus on the life, death and rebirth.

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An Interview with Pop Artist and Designer Philip Colbert in his Columbia Road Studio, London.

Supported by the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Lady Gaga and described by the journalist Andre Leon Talley as, “the godson of Warhol” Colbert’s bold and witty designs are known for walking a humorous line between fashion and art. Philip has already exhibited his work worldwide from Art Basel to Frieze London, Art16 and Tate Modern. When the artist isn’t working in his yellow submarine, he’s at the centre London’s contemporary art scene wearing lobster or popcorn-printed suits.

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