ANIA HOBSON – Matt’s Art Chat #30 (PODCAST)

This episode of MATT’S ART CHAT features a conversation with painter Ania Hobson, a rising star of the British and international art scene. Hobson will be launching her debut solo exhibition at London’s Catto Gallery, featuring a new collection of her artworks, which will run from September 5-23.

Hobson’s work is defined by a strong, personal figurative style, blending tradition and modernity. Her works have been praised, among other things, for their fresh representation of and celebration of the “modern woman.” To find out more about her, visit her website, https://www.aniahobson.com/.

MATT’S ART CHAT is a series of podcast conversations about the arts with creators, curators and art lovers from all over the world. The series is hosted by arts presenter Matt Micucci.

Matt’s Art Chat #14: Fabio Torre (PODCAST)

On this episode of Matt’s Art Chat, I chat with Italian painter/photographer Fabio Torre. While he lives in one of the regions of the world most affected by the Coronavirus, we do not talk about COVID-19 too much.

Instead, we focus on art and particularly discuss some of his most recent projects, including a photography book he recently published about New York City’s Chelsea Hotel and a recent exhibition of his works that was held in the Big Apple.

Matt’s Art Chat is a series of conversation with artists and interesting people from all over the world. You can watch all episodes of Matt’s Art Chat on Youtube, or listen to them on Spotify, and PodBean.

Matt’s Art Chat #9: Bret Louis Adams (PODCAST)

My Matt’s Art Chat podcast series continues with a conversation with Bret Louis Adams. Bret is a painter/photographer from Texas, currently residing in Lisbon, Portugal. His work explores post-impressionist styles while incorporating modern design concepts.

Matt’s Art Chat is a series of podcast conversations with artists and interesting, creative people from all over the world by arts presenter Matt Micucci.

VIDEO – MATT’S WUTHERING ART #4 – Clio, the Muse of History (Artemisia Gentileschi, 1632)

Artemisia Gentileschi is not only one of the most celebrated female painters of the Baroque era – but one of the greatest painters of said era regardless of gender. The daughter of the renowned Gentileschi family, raped during her formative years, she is known for her depiction of female empowerment in the paintings she produced during her time in Florence, Rome and Naples. Clio, the Muse of History from 1632 was made during this latter period.

This allegorical depiction of the muse of history of Greek mythology is also a portrait of strong femininity. I experienced this painting at the Palazzo Blu in Pisa, where it is regularly seen as part of the permanent collection but could also be admired beside a portrait of her made by prominent French-born painter Simon Vouet – whom I also talked about in my previous work on the Noli Me Tangere by Valentin De Boulogne.

Matt’s Wuthering Art is a series where I talk about individual painters and works of art, based on the artworks I encounter during my extensive travels.

Matt’s Art Chat #5: Lukos Hey (PODCAST)

On my latest episode of Matt’s Art Chat I speak with Lukos Hey, Australian-born, Prague-based painter/artist. I had discussed the possibility of filming one of my Long Takes at his art studio last year. Things didn’t work out in the end but I hope to be able to film one next month when I will return to Prague. In the meantime, I thought it would be interesting to record a chat with him, so that we could get to know each other over the phone.

This chat was recorded as Hey presented some of his works in an exhibition in Prague. In this interview, we talk about his scientific approach, color, his work as an art educator and some of the stories behind some of his works.

Matt’s Art Chat is a series of conversations with artists and interesting people from all over the world. You can listen to in in podcast form on Spotify HERE: https://open.spotify.com/show/0kqoDSr0OI9Soes0nkswdU?si=sUo_BiOPTxma2Ohp1q7zEA

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Video: Matt’s Wuthering Arts #3 – Noli Me Tangere (Valentin de Boulogne, 1620)

Continuing my series of video about artworks I encounter in my travels. This one is by a little-known French-born painter Valentin de Boulogne, a respected caravaggista in Rome during the Baroque era. The work I talk about is Noli Me Tangere from 1620, which I saw at the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria at the Palazzo dei Priori in Perugia, Italy.

The Noli Me Tangere is a figure representing Mary Magdalene’s first encounter with the resurrected Christ, which translates as “Touch Me Not.” It is a common figure of religious representations of the time, and here it is intepreted by De Boulogne, who was a respected painter of the Baroque period in Rome. In this video, I argue that much like Caravaggio, the painting has a street-like quality that appears to reflect a desire to document the world around him.

VIDEO: Matt’s Wuthering Art #1 – Dead Christ (Perugino, 1496)

Happy new year!!! With the new year, I decided to inaugurate a new series where I look at individual paintings I encounter in my travels and talk about the painters who made them, plus reveal tidbits about their historical contexts. This series I decided to name “Matt’s Wuthering Art” after one of my favorite songs, Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights,” not because of the song itself but because in the album where it was included, The Kick Inside, she has this other song called “The Saxophone Song,” which opens with the lyrics:

“You’ll find me in a Berlin bar,
In a corner brooding.”

Somehow, those words ring true to me.

I filmed the first episode of this series in the Medieval art city of Perugia in Italy, while staying in a flat at the heart of its historical centre, just a few metres away from the Palazzo dei Priori. So, I thought it just about right to kick off with the best-known artist from the area, Pietro Vannucci, who in fact is also commonly referred to as Il Perugino, which literally means “the man from Perugia.”

Perugino was one of the biggest Italian artists of the Renaissance period, although he is best-known today as the mentor of Raphael, who in my books invented artistic “perfection.” The painting I use as a starting point to talk about Perugino is his Dead Christ, a part of his “Pala dei Decemviri,” which I had the pleasure of seeing with my own two eyes at the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria – a museum within the Palazzo dei Priori that exhibits much of the great art produced in the region of Umbria – from early Gothic to the Baroque.

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