Ruth Calland in her studio (photo: Ruth Philo)
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Ruth Calland

This month Ruth Philo interviews painter Ruth Calland.

Emergence and attunement to what is emergent, are the experiences that engage her. She has a deep interest in alchemy, which provides a framework for how she thinks about painting as process. She will often utilise two different points of reference and see them as creating an interactive field, within which she operates in order to investigate their relationship. She has a longstanding interest in gender, and her exploration of gender fluidity in her participative performance project Carnival of Souls took place across the E17 Arts Festival and the Folkestone Triennial in 2013. She presented this work at the conference ‘Alchemy: Exploring Metaphorical Transformations and Arts-Based Research’ at Oxford University in 2023.

In the pandemic she was inspired by the early vampire film Nosferatu, with its monochrome landscapes, haunted by anxiety about infection by the supernatural other. At this time she also began researching trans experiences of being feared and othered, discussed by creators on TikTok. Her current work uses stills from these videos to amplify and celebrate trans voices, using high key colour to celebrate their cultural emergence from the shadows, and a redefinition of what it means to be natural, or true to nature.

Mallory Page
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Mallory Page

This month Ruth Philo interviews painter Mallory Page.

Mallory is based in New Orleans. She makes large-scale, thinly-layered abstract paintings that employ multiple layers of monochromatic hues of acrylic wash. Her interests lie in the study of the psyche, dreams and the subconscious. She often tethers psychic sensations or observations to build work about creating deeper interactions with the sublime. Mallory’s work is a sophisticated study in perception, exploring how measured changes in color and light can effect shifts in visual understanding. Rendered on an imposing scale, her compositions become enveloping environments of their own. 

Mallory’s paintings employ multiple layers and hues of acrylic wash that cascade across large scaled canvas. Her interests lie in the study of the psyche, dreams and the subconscious.  She often tethers psychic sensations or observations to build work about creating deeper interactions with the sublime. Mallory was raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, a region with a vibrant, often mystical, culture and distinctive geographical landscape. She holds a B.I.D. from Louisiana State University and is currently a candidate for a Master’s in Fine Art from The Art Institute of Chicago.

Charley Peters in her studio (photo: Tom Silvester for Footpatrol)
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Charley Peters

This month Ruth Philo interviews painter Charley Peters.

Charley Peters is a contemporary British painter, who lives and works in London. She makes paintings where abstract language and screen aesthetics collide, remixing familiar motifs from art history, retro gaming, and internet culture. Charley explores contemporary painting as an expanded practice that is both physical and virtual, and not limited to the surface of a canvas. Although essentially abstract, her works remind us of our real world, suggesting a transition in our ways of seeing from the once-radical non-representation of high modernism to the everydayness of digital imagery. By working in the public sphere as well as in the studio, Charley’s work connects with a diverse range of audiences and reminds us that the power of creativity can change lives, enhance spaces and to experience the world differently.

Charley exhibits internationally, showing recently at Hauser & Wirth (London), Meakin + Parsons (Oxford), Yantai Art Museum (Yantai), and National Museum of Gdansk (Gdansk). Her clients include Meta, ITV, London Art Fair, House of Vans and Hospital Rooms. Charley completed a PhD in Fine Art Theory and Practice. She is a visiting tutor at Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School, an offsite mentor at Turps Art School and a Postgraduate Senior Lecturer at UAL.

Marius von Brasch in his studio. Photo: Ruth Philo.
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Marius von Brasch

This month on the podcast ‘A Geography of Colour’ Ruth Philo interviews painter Marius von Brasch.

Marius von Brasch is German-British painter who lives and works on the Isle of Wight. His work highlights the power of unconscious filters that shape perception. Imagination, affects and memories, which pervade social life, history and the life of the soul, play a significant role in the emergence of each painting and work on paper. Marius’s practice aims to translate these layers and their different relationships to time. The emotional dynamics of colour and how to contain and give form to what seems to evade representation are central to the work. Figures and fragmented narratives in the paintings constellate multiple polarities and often echo mythologies. He finds parallels to his approach in Renaissance illuminations in alchemical manuscripts and quotes them indirectly in his work. This symbolic alchemical imagery addresses journeys of identities and evolution of consciousness while proposing transformative ways of working with conflict and diversity. Marius’s interest here is to find new painterly ways to speak about these subjects and a dialogue with classical and contemporary painting allows him to be part of an ongoing living tradition.  

Jenny Eden in her studio.
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Jenny Eden

This month on the podcast ‘A Geography of Colour’ Ruth Philo talks with painter Jenny Eden about her relationship with colour.

Jenny Eden is a contemporary British painter who currently lives and works in the North West of England.

Emerging from a process of close making and the complex relationship between two active objects of being, Jenny’s paintings embody the potential for visual and psychological oscillation. In this exchange between painter and painting, the process arrives at curious and insubstantial ‘part-objects’, simultaneously ‘separate from’ and ‘part of’ monochromatic spatial fields, operating in obscure, surface-smooth colour (un)realities.

Elizabeth Rose Langford in her studio.
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Elizabeth Rose Langford

This month on the podcast ‘A Geography of Colour’ Ruth Philo talks with painter Elizabeth Rose Langford about her relationship with colour.

Lizzy Langford is a contemporary British painter who currently lives and works in Ibiza. She has a BA in English and Philosophy from Nottingham University and a BA Fine Art from City and Guilds of London School of Art.

Lizzy’s practise is site responsive: she work’s with stories and materials from the land, using them to make paintings that speak of their origins and suggest another way of seeing and engaging with the natural world. Her motivations are to draw attention to the current global crisis, working with organic matter to discuss unrelenting growth in the name of “progress” and humanity’s consequential dissociation from nature.

Erin Lawlor in her studio (photo: Peter Mallet). Copyright: Erin Lawlor.
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Erin Lawlor

This month on ‘A Geography of Colour’ Ruth Philo talks with painter Erin Lawlor about her relationship with colour.

Erin Lawlor is a contemporary British painter who lives and works in London. After receiving her BA History of Art in 1992 from the Sorbonne University Paris, Erin was based in France until 2013 when she returned to the UK.

Since her first solo show in Paris in 2010, she has exhibited extensively around the world. Recent solo gallery exhibitions have included ‘Earthly Delights’ at Vigo Gallery, London in 2023 and solo shows at Miles McEnery Gallery, New York in 2022, at Luca Tommasi in Milan in 2021 and at Fox/Jensen/McCrory Gallery, Auckland, in 2020. In 2017 a survey exhibition of Erin’s work ‘Onomatopoeia’ took place at the Rothko Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia, and her work was showcased in ‘Maleri.Nu/Paint.Now’ at the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek Museum, Copenhagen in 2016. Earlier in 2023 she had her first institutional exhibition in the UK, ‘Invincible Summer’ at Wellington Arch, London in partnership with Apsley House and English Heritage.

Siemon Scamell-Katz in his studio
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Siemon Scamell-Katz

This month on ‘A Geography of Colour’ Ruth Philo talks with painter Siemon Scammell-Katz about his relationship with colour. Siemon is a contemporary British painter, who has recently moved to France, living and working between La Soutteraine and Paris, France.

Siemon’s practice is based on an understanding of the way humans see. In his mid-twenties, he launched a business that researched human behaviour and pioneered eye tracking, a technique which allowed him to understand how we see – and interpret what we see. Rejecting realistic painting or photography as ‘a false record of experiential reality’, he has discarded everything representative and iconographic. Instead, he uses his knowledge of human vision to create works that draw their viewers in, allowing them to experience the fundamental feeling of the represented landscape and the Sublime, often in a deeply spiritual way. His paintings are non-figurative, abstracted from place and landscape in oil and enamel on aluminium – his process aims to remove both the frame and the icon so that the viewer is asked to look without seeing but feeling.

Rema Ghuloum in her studio
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Rema Ghuloum

Rema Ghuloum is a contemporary American painter who lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

She makes vibrant abstract paintings that have many layers, built up and sanded down to reveal their archaeologies. As the introduction to the show ‘Things Seen’ at Make Room, Los Angeles says of Rema, ‘she uses the push-pull dynamic of foreground and background to form paintings layer by layer until they attain a kind of resonant vibration in which pure light breaks into its component rays, the canvas fluttering like a technicolor veil in the sun’.

She received her BFA in Drawing and Painting from California State University, Long Beach in 2007 and her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2010. Rema has exhibited nationally and internationally and has been the recipient of multiple grants including the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, Davyd Whaley Foundation Artist-Teacher Grant, and the Esalen Pacifica Prize. Rema’s work has been reviewed in Art Forum, Hyperallergic, CARLA, the Los Angeles Times, Fabrik, among others. Rema Ghuloum is represented by Philip Martin Gallery in Los Angeles.

Miranda Boulton in her studio
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Miranda Boulton

Miranda Boulton is a contemporary British painter who lives and work in Cambridge, UK. She studied Art History at Sheffield Hallam University and at Turps Banana Art School in London. 

In 2021 she won the Jacksons Painting Prize. Notable exhibitions include: Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016 & 2019, Creekside Open 2019, ING Discerning Eye 2021 and the Young Masters Autumn Exhibition 2022. 

She describes her paintings as Nature Morte of flora. Her work is a response to historical references within this genre. Art historical images are translated through memory into a contemporary pictorial language, linked through expressive colour, gesture and form. Each painting is an ongoing conversation between past and present, an exploration of new forms from old imagery and narratives. 

Photo: © Simon Callery. All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artimage 2023
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Simon Callery

Simon Callery challenges what painting can do today. He makes work that exists on the margins of what can be understood as painting. On his studio wall is written the word ‘INVERT’ to remind him every day to subvert the established conventions of image-based painting, to find new roles and develop new forms for painting. He intends that an encounter with one of his paintings is as much for the body as it is for the eye.

He has worked in the landscape alongside field archaeologists on many projects and applies this knowledge he find here to works made in the urban environment and also to developing studio based work. The visceral qualities of the excavation sites have made him sensitive to the physical qualities of landscape and the relationship of material to time. He embraces the fact that his paintings share spatial qualities we associate with sculpture.

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Sarah Needham

Ruth speaks with Sarah Needham, a painter who lives and works in North London. Her work is concerned with the way in which pigments leave material colour across human history, geography and traces of our interactions. Often something happening now prompts Sarah’s research into a historical event or place and her paintings develop from this. Sarah make oil paints by hand from pigments and often sources these in the landscape relevant to a particular project. There is a sense in which these colours hold nuance and space for connection as well as symbolism. Her work is abstract and she describes her paintings as ‘spaces to fall into’.

Podcasts: Painters Today

Painters Today, hosted by Lucy Cox on Soundcloud, is a visual arts podcast featuring contemporary British artists.

Painters Today

This Must Be The Place: Narbi Price

Narbi and I discuss the Ashington Painting series that informs his PhD thesis; his visit to Gdańsk, Poland; painting and photography, and why historical events and locations, from iconic street corners, to gruesome scenes, to the poignant and personal, fascinate him.

Painters Today

Notes to myself: Keith Murdoch

Keith and Lucy discuss the power of the North Sea landscape, recent and long-term memory, Turner, Raoul De Keyser, the relationship between working in the studio and outdoors, translating feelings and experiences into painting, what it means to capture the ‘thingness’ of nature, the ability to finally enjoy Picasso’s paintings, and the importance of having go-to artists during times of doubt.

Painters Today

Fragility Spills: Clare Price

Clare and Lucy discuss Clare’s 2018 solo show Fragility Spills, social media as a ‘safe space’, gender, identity, duality, Soho’s clubbing and art scenes during the 1990s, performativity and painting, and why painter Joan Mitchell is an inspiration.

Painters Today

Ennui Refigured: Freya Purdue

Freya and Lucy discuss the meaning behind Freya’s two-person exhibition ‘Ennui Refigured’, the nature of digital boredom, spirituality and the human condition, ancient cultures, Africa, Agnes Martin, Frank Stella, Larry Poons, space exploration, painting and limitless inspiration and the power of Jackson Pollock’s 1943 artwork ‘Guardian’s of the Secret’.

Painters Today

Fiona Rae

Fiona and Lucy discuss the relationship between primitive mark-making and charcoal drawing, art history, the notion of ‘shy painting’, making sense of chaos, finding balance between acceptance and criticality, Picasso, poetry, Disney cartoons, Van Gogh’s sunflowers, Rauschenberg, De Kooning and using drawings as ‘spirit guides’.

Painters Today

Colours & Games: Laurence Noga

We discuss Laurence’s 2017 solo show ‘Open System’ at the C&C Gallery in London, his father’s memorabilia and obsessive collecting, the reasons why he titles paintings after particular colours as well as the Bauhaus Moment, collage and assemblage, Paul Klee’s fascination with gardens, the harmonic balance of colour and his favourite recent exhibitions.

Painters Today

Cordillera: Nick Carrick

We discuss his current studio practice and regular visits to Valencia, the beauty of Spanish culture and why painters desire sanctuary, the philosophy of walking and returning to places, plein air drawing and memory, and Susan Sontag’s thoughts on Howard Hodgkin.

Painters Today

Your Eyes Shall Be Opened: Biggs & Collings

Subjects include the similarities and the differences between painting and mosaics, the confines of the grid, working collaboratively in the studio, decoration and visual restlessness, Genesis, James Tissot’s painting ‘The Last Evening’ and coping with the art world.

Painters Today

Archetypes & The Romantic Landscape: Tom Down

We discuss his studio plans, oil painting techniques, imperfections and the craft of model-making, archetypes, romanticism, geodesic domes, Google Earth and science fiction and the ‘hopefulness’ of landscape painting.

Painters Today

Companion Pieces: Robert Fitzmaurice

We discuss figuration and ambiguity in contemporary painting, his exhibition ‘Soldier’ held at Sandham Memorial Chapel in Hampshire, England, and the upcoming show ‘Companion Pieces’ in London, dualities and multi-layered meanings, Velasquez, Bacon, Goya and Picasso, and the importance of ‘refreshing the tradition’.

Painters Today

Recognising The Familiar: Natalie Dowse

Lucy and Natalie discuss Natalie’s Olga series, femininity and the Soviet machine, appropriation, parody and Stubbs’s Whistle Jacket, painting, film and toying with reality, and Natalie’s favourite painters George Shaw and Gerhard Richter.

Painters Today

Crocodile Skin & Pill-Packets: Alex Hanna

Alex and Lucy discuss mundane objects and capturing the ambiguity of still life painting, industrial paints, fighting against materials and communicating with painters from the past.

Painters Today

The Actual & The Virtual: Jeff Dellow

Jeff and Lucy discuss Jeff’s fascination with film and latest shows ‘Visual Stream’ and ‘Surge’, Deleuze’s concept of the actual and the virtual and the decline of abstraction in the 1980s.

Painters Today

Very Like Jazz: David Manley

Our discussion encompasses the relationship between jazz, painting and risk-taking, multifaceted practices, photography, and Simon Schama’s landscape and memory.

Painters Today

Process & Rituals: Susan Gunn

Our discussion includes her recent visit to China, traditional painting techniques and how repetition develops into rituals, Manchester’s art scene, David Bowie and the beauty of imperfection.

Painters Today

Carter’s Kingdom: Simon Carter

Simon Carter and Lucy Cox discuss spirituality, Simon’s latest body of work and solo exhibition ‘the Beaumont Paintings’, the importance of landscape painting, what it means to be human, romanticism, and Georg Baselitz.