‘I feel it is essential for art to take on serious issues and to reflect our societies and the issues of the day’ – ArtAttack Interview Graeme Messer

ArtAttack first came upon artist Graeme Messer‘s work at this year’s The Other Art Fair in London. We were drawn in by his witty and unique mirror works made for the fair and knew instantly this was an artist we wanted to watch.

After requesting to interview him for this very blog, Graeme let us know about a special project close to his heart; We R is an upcoming art exhibition exploring the meaning of LGBT identity and celebrating difference. Launching during Pride Week London, the show at Espacio Gallery will include nineteen artists from all different cultures and nationalities contributing to a really authentic representation of the diversity and fullness of the LGBT community.

The goal is to to reach out to the many people who find it difficult to be their true selves and to challenge viewers to believe and remember that being different is an inalienable right.

In the words of exhibition curators, Bettina Stuurman and Joao Trindade, ‘We always talk about equality and whilst it may be important to have have the same rights, we really wanted to show how you must celebrate difference. We are proud of this collection which reminds us to think about the present representation of the LGBT community. We want people to leave the exhibition feeling positive, excited and remembering their own unique nature – and this is what we hope the art has captured.’

We decided to chat with Graeme about We R as a preview for our readers to this sure-to-be powerful and moving exhibition.

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‘It is a little like a partnership working together with the ink’ – ArtAttack Interviews Bridget Davies

As you may have seen, ArtAttack has been interviewing a number of fantastic artists discovered at this year’s The Other Art Fair, London.

Bridget Davies, who’s interview follows below, drew us in with her elegant and evocative ink works of glamorous women, which in many ways feel reminiscent of another era.

We spoke with Bridget to discuss her artistic practice and delve a bit deeper into what has inspired her very specific and recognisable style.

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‘Marlene’

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Painting has always played a Part in My Life- ArtAttack Interviews Christian De Wulf.

ArtAttack‘s next The Other Art Fair artist interview is particularly unique and will undoubtedly capture attention due to artist Christian De Wulf‘s original trade, psychotherapy. De Wulf uses this background extensively in his creative process, interpreting his understanding of the psyche into imaginative pieces of art work.

The Belgium-born artist believes that the underlying psyche of an individual is not easy to determine and in his work, looks at what happens if you magnify those inner-most thoughts, emotions and feelings.

Personally, what I find most interesting about De Wulf is that he is not just an artist/art lover, but works alongside seemingly non-art related personal interests to create his works. Of course, his collections resonate in modern society due to the extensive connection between art and therapy and the contemporary use of art therapy. 

What first appears quite simple — acrylic paint and canvas — involves a great deal more than meets the eye and we are delighted to share this with you.

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‘Art should learn from its past, Art should offer us extraordinary spectacles, Art should be for everyone.’ – ArtAttack Interviews Will Teather

 ArtAttack  had an amazingly successful day at The Other Art Fair and were fortunate enough to identify a talented group of artists willing to give us their time to interview them, in order for us and you to understand in more depth their practice and concepts behind what they create.

I hope you have taken the time to read my previous interview with Dance Photographer, Cody Choi, and now I would like to introduce British Artist, Will Teather. Teather is known for creating images that reveal a unique imagination combined with a mastery of traditional skills. Teather is influenced by magical realism, which is a mutual inspiration between his work and my own photography, leading me to have a personal interest to interview him.

Teather’s work looks into everyday situations with an alternative view, delving deep into our thought processes and stretching our thoughts and interpretations onto his works. We viewed his latest collection of paintings and spheres, in which Teather intends for the viewer to see his radical take on realist painting.

If you find our interview intriguing and his work fascinating, you can take the opportunity to visit Teather’s latest show at Underdog Art at London Bridge this coming week.

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‘The London art scene is exciting, challenging and competitive’ – ArtAttack Meets Mark Beattie

Mark Beattie is an emerging sculptor who lives and works in London. We had the pleasure of seeing a collection of his work in person at The Other Art Fair 2016.

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Neon Orb

After graduating from the European Arts Practice MA course at Kingston University he continued to study different metals, looking at ways to manipulate and add movement to the material. He has also been developing ways in which neon or LEDs can compliment his sculptures, adding to the movement of a piece and catching the viewers eye.

In 2015 he was elected a member of The Royal British Society of Sculptors. His work has been exhibited throughout the UK in over 20 shows; including locations like Burghley House (Lincolnshire), Great Fosters Hotel (Surrey) and Jean-Luc Baroni Gallery (London). Over the past 5 years he has also had the honour of exhibiting alongside some of the worlds finest artists, including Helaine Blumenfeld, Jonathan Yeo, Tracey Emin and the late Lynn Chadwick.

I had the chance to talk to Mark about his career so far, and find out more about his artistic practise.

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‘I love simple, I love direct, I love energy, I love moving, I love speed, I love passion.’ – ArtAttack Interviews Cody Choi.

Following on from our Orson Kartt interview, the next exciting introduction ArtAttack made at The Other Art Fair was with professional dance photographer, Cody Choi. We were blown away by his unique approach to this genre of imagery. 

Not only does Cody focus on dance portraiture and theatre photography, he is currently the Creative Director of ‘Cody’s Moving Group’ where he takes the lead in movement exploration and choreography for all their productions.

ArtAttack is pleased to share with you an inspiring interview with the artist expanding our view into the collaborative worlds of dance and art.

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‘Everyone can make art and most of us do when we are little. Somehow that gets knocked out of us as we grow up.’ – ArtAttack Interviews Orson Kartt

Earlier this month, ArtAttack visited The Other Art Fair at Victoria House, London. Strolling through the press preview, we were truly overwhelmed by the vast quantity of excellent work being presented, and made it our mission to speak to every artist who’s art spoke to us in some way.

We decided to interview these artists to give our readers an inside look into the creators behind our favourite works from the fair.

Our first interview in this exciting series, is with artist, Orson Kartt, who shares with us, among other things, personal stories of his difficult entrance into the art world.

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Orson Kartt, ‘I lost the typewriter’

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