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An Interview with the British Artist Jack Penny in his Studio in Hampstead, London.

The British painter Jack Penny and I met when I was sitting for a portrait by his artistic partner. A modern polymath, Jack is a trained skipper, skateboard and artist. Found at his easel in a French ‘blue de travail’ jacket and matching cap, he is now based in North London. With a background in illustration, Jack works from the imagination to create images fuelled by spontaneity and fluidity...

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An Interview with the Artists and Photographers Walter & Zoniel at their Studio in Hoxton, London

The Formationist artists Walter & Zoniel live, work, sleep, breathe and create together. We met at their East London studio amidst the ‘brutalist’ architecture of Hoxton after being introduced by Marine Tanguy at a talk I gave with Lina Iris Viktor. Whilst drinking green tea in their matching boiler suits they showed me how they...

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An Interview with the Artist Lina Iris Viktor in her New York Space Atelier LVXIX.

The conceptual artist Lina Iris Viktor works between the real and imagined in her spaces across London, Geneva and New York. We met in her studio off Wall Street, which is somewhere between a laboratory and an ancient Egyptian tomb. Adhering to her strict palette of gold, blue, black and white, the interiors are sublime. As both a private gallery and studio, the white half of Atelier LVXIX is a homage...

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An Interview with the Video Artist and Curator Diana Chire in her Hackney Studio, London

London-based Diana Chire and I first met at her guerilla exhibition Take! Eat! which was launched in opposition to the Frieze Art Fair. Her provocative show of female artists addressed gender, sexuality and social inequalities and is dedicated to making gender disparity an important conversation in the art world. When we met later in her Hackney...

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An Interview with Scottish Artist William Foyle in his Shoreditch Studio.

William Foyle and I met many years ago at a ceilidh in the Scottish Borders. We were reunited in his East London garage studio. William is a British painter who bravely embarked on his career as a painter or what he described as 'a five year journey of the soul' without any formal training. His paintings consider vulnerability and endurance as they explore...

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An Interview with the Artist and Curator Andrew Hancock at the Ace Hotel, Shoreditch

Andrew Hancock is a London-based artist and curator. I had the pleasure of interviewing him at the Ace Hotel before a tour of Shoreditch's graffiti. Looking into the the internal mechanisms of the 'art world', he's worked at Christie's, White Cube, The Royal Academy, Frieze Art Fair and Saatchi. In 2013 Andrew co-founded ARTNAKED and became Art ...

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An Interview with Benedict Sullivan, Founder of the Bernard Raphael Gallery, London.

Benedict and I met outside the Victoria and Albert museum on an Autumnal afternoon to discuss the development of his nomadic gallery Bernard Raphael and our shared passion for arts education and public engagement with culture. Having studied History of Art at Edinburgh, Benedict set up the...

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An Interview with Spanish Film Director David Victori, Winner of the YouTube Film Festival

David Victori has been cited as one of the ten Spanish directors to watch by Variety Magazine. In the past he has been celebrated for making award-winning films like Reaccion, 2008 and La Culpa, 2010. The Los-Angeles based filmmaker shot to fame when his win of the YouTube Your Film Festival was announced at the Venice Film Festival. His subsequent...

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An Interview with Ilk Yasha of the Arts Initiative 'No Longer Empty' in New York City

Ilk Yasha is an arts advocate, community builder, academic who hails from the great state of Virginia. We first met for tea at the Ace Hotel, New York in August and soon found that both our creative energy and social consciences were much aligned. Ilk engages arts audiences with his work at No Longer Empty; a contemporary arts organisation that revitalizes abandoned spaces. They create site-specific...

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An Interview with the British painter Hugo Hamper Potts in his London Studio.

The British artist Hugo Hamper Potts and I met on an autumnal evening of Soho exhibition openings before the beginning of the Frieze art fair. Dressed in an assortment of workman's attire and textured fabrics, his sartorial flare was aligned with his character. The 24 year-old painter was born into a family of artists and is now based in London and works in an Elephant Hotel studio alongside his artistic partner Jack Penny. 

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An Interview with the Film Producer and Screenwriter Duncan Way at Chez Prune, Paris

Duncan Way is a Film Producer and Screenwriter. After starting out as a script reader in London, he assisted director Dustin Hoffman on ‘Quartet’. For the last two years he has co-run Film and TV company Lieurac Productions with Louis Le Bayon. Not only have their productions played at the Pompidou Centre and the BFI...

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An Interview with Fashion Photographer Spela Kasal at Brasserie Barbès, Paris

The photographer Spela Kasal and I met this summer in Paris on the lawns of the British Embassy, where we flicked through art magazines. An award-winning photographer, she's worked for Vogue, Interview Magazine, Lacoste, Louis Vuitton amongst others. Born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Spela modelled between Paris and New York, where she gained insight into the inner workings of the fashion industry

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An Interview with the Graphic Designer Matt Bucknall in London

For the last few years I've been keeping an eye on the technicolour career of this talented designer. Our first meeting was over tea in the National Gallery. Matt graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2007 with 1st Class Honours. Since then he has worked across the design industry in a variety of disciplines including publishing, fashion and advertising. 

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An Interview with Publisher and Photographer Tom Coleman in Bristol.

Tom Coleman is a photographer, editor, curator and publisher that I met at his Unveil'd exhibition in Bristol. He lives and works in the South West of England, where he is a member of MACULA Collective – a community of young photographers, as well as being involved with art galleries and institutions. He runs Young Shot Press which showcases the work of contemporary photography.

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An Interview with the British Artist Piers Jackson in his Marylebone Studio, London

 Piers Jackson is a London-based British artist whose polychromatic creations confront the boundaries of concave geometric forms. His focus on the untainted beauty of the sphere and an array of Platonic solids like the hexahedron symbolising earth or the tetrahedron symbolizing fire, has a hypnotic effect. Piers combines these with card and gold leaf to bring us...

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An Interview with Photographer Athos Burez in Ghent, Belgium.

I have just been drinking tea in an apple orchard with Athos Burez, who is often likened to fellow photographers Tim Walker and Juergen Teller. Shooting for Levis, Essentiel, Cafe Costume and Linda Farrow his work has also been celebrated in publications like Dazed and Confused, Love is the Law and Focus. We met on an ethereal shoot in the botanical gardens of Ghent which led to a spontaneous trip ...

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An Interview with Actress and Writer Sophie Winkleman at Soho House, LA

Our trans-Atlantic interviewee Sophie Winkleman is a celebrated British actress and writer born in Primrose Hill, London in 1980. Now based in LA, the vivacious Sophie is known for her roles as Big Suz in Peep Show, Ashton Kutcher's girlfriend Zoey in Two and a Half Men and as Susan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

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