Marine Tanguy runs MTArt, the world's first artist agency. She is an innovator in the field of contemporary art, as well as an accomplished writer and speaker. Marine is also a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and she works on the junior boards of various cultural institutions. How on earth does she fit it all in? We're not sure, but we couldn't be prouder to have her on the Rise Art Prize judging panel for Europe. Let's hear a little more about Marine from the Wonder Woman herself...
1. What’s your favourite art gallery or museum?
It's a tricky question as there are so many incredible museums and institutions out there but I will have say the National Gallery in London.
I first entered the National Gallery when I was 19 years and I do not spend a single month without visiting a wing of this incredible museum. I love its chronological curation, which become a true insight onto our visual and social history. I feel I understand the world a little more thanks to it.
2. If you could host any 3 people (living or dead) for dinner, who would they be?
Ayn Rand, John Keats and Man Ray. One woman for two men; a thinker, a poet and an artist; a realist, a romantic and a surrealist. I feel a dose of these three every day.
3. What's your surreal go-to object?
My entire house. It is filled with art and mad objects. My boyfriend calls it 'the impractical world of Marine'.
4. What would be your top tip for the aspiring art collector?
Support amazing artists, nurture them, believe in them and enjoy the ride! They will make you proud.
5. Could you tell us about a couple of artworks you have up in your own home and why you love them?
I adore my Jennufer Abessira piece, Giotto & Moi (above). It's hanging in my lounge next to the view onto the church (St Georges in Bloomsbury). It's a like a touch of irony next to the windows decorated with religious artworks.
Jennifer Abessira had to go through a pretty traumatic accident a few years ago and the way she found to cope with it was to re-imagine a reality with images from the internet and her physical condition. In this case, her feet versus the angel of Giotto found on the internet.
Then there's The Vow by Alexandra Lethbridge. Alexandra is fascinated by how much the gaze gives you emotional context on the images that you know, the films that you watch and the movies that you watch. If you remove it, you have no idea if this girl is screaming, scared, surprising you or...
British-born New York artist Ellannah Sadkin recently came out of a three month residency in the cold metropolis of Detroit with Red Bull House of Art. Her paintings feel at once eerily familiar and foreign. The bold abstract paintings borrow line and shape from childhood cartoon characters we have all come to know, using their shapes to explore emotions in her own psyche.
Although not formally trained, Ellannah has been surrounded creative powerhouses her whole life. Her father was the late Alex Sadkin, a successful music producer that worked largely with Grace Jones, Bob Marley, James Brown and Duran Duran to name a few (in fact Nick Rhodes from Duran Duran is her godfather), and the artist also studied under the tutelage of two big name artists – KAWS and Ben Eine, who helped shape her studio practice.
But despite these notable names that surround her, Ellannah has decided to make her own path. She secluded herself in a cabin in Woodstock for nearly three years to focus on perfecting a body of paintings, some of which are up for grabs here at Rise Art. Read on to meet the quiet artist behind the lurid abstract paintings.
You’ve said that your work uses cartoon imagery to convey psychological states of mind. Can you explain?
I spend a lot of time researching the mind and trying to figure out why humans act the way we do. We all know what is right and wrong, yet we all have to deal with past experiences, trauma and anxiety that make the picture fuzzy. I feel like cartooning is an effective way of reducing the static in the picture. In cartoons what’s right and wrong is obvious and I have always found that comforting.
Tell us about your process.
I go through periods of free flow and stagnation like many other artists. If I don’t feel like it, nothing good comes out. If I do, it's like you wake up with a superpower. My energy and mood have a big impact on my work, I need to be in the right state of mind. Routine is very important and I lose my footing without it. It's also important to me to have space and time alone to make art - I cannot work in a busy environment.
You recently completed a residency at the Red Bull House of Art in Detroit. What was it like?
It was really tough trying to work in a busy environment. I’m usually in a cabin in the mountains where I don’t see people for months. It’s been a hard transition. But the residency inspired me to make soft sculpture, which is something which I never planned on but have always been drawn to.
Which artists influence you?
I like the Chapman Brothers a lot, and at the moment I'm mostly appreciating Polly Apflebaum, Paul Kremer, Hermmann Nitsch, Franz Ackermann. I am inspired by a lot of cartoonists such as Chuck Close. My grandfather was a caricaturist and painter. I think I naturally inherited a love of line and movement. That is what initially attracted me to graffiti.
Where can we find your work?
You can find my work on my website www.ellannahsadkin.com, and of course on Rise Art.
5 Global Regions. 1 London Exhibition. £10,000 Cash Prize.
We've kept a lid on it until now... but today we officially launch submissions for the Rise Art Prize, our debut artist of the year competition. And we want to show off a few of our star judges. What makes a good judge? Expert knowledge, industry experience and great taste. Passion for art is of course a must. The people on our judging panel have these qualities by the bagful.
1. Gavin Turk
Gavin Turk is a British artist who rose to fame in the 1990s as part of the renowned YBA group. He gained instant notoriety when the Royal College of Art refused him a degree based on his final show ‘Cave’.
But was this installation that brought Gavin to the attention of the one and only Charles Saatchi, who went on to include him in some of his controversial exhibitions. Gavin's work has since been collected and exhibited by many major museums and galleries throughout the world. You go Gavin.
Yup, that's an English Hertiage blue plaque. What a legend.
2. Beatrice Hodgkin
Beatrice Hodgkin is Deputy Editor of the Financial Times How To Spend It magazine. She joined How To Spend It after a 4-year stint as Culture Editor at Conde Naste's Easy Living magazine.
Beatrice is a print media hotshot. Not only has she had success in the magazine industry, but she has also published several books. One of her most recent titles is A Guide to Buying and Collecting Affordable Contemporary Art. Obviously we're a fan.
3. Holly Fraser
Holly Fraser is the Editor of Hunger magazine, a biannual style and culture publication that covers fashion, art and documentary. Before moving to Hunger five years ago, Holly worked for publications like Dazed, Tatler and Grazia.
Holly in fact trained as an artist initially. She studied Fine Art at Camberwell College of Art before going on to do a degree in Journalism at London College of Communication.
We got in touch with Holly to ask her a couple of things...
4. Richard Wilson
Richard Wilson is one of Britain’s most renowned sculptors. He has been nominated for the Turner Prize not once, but twice. Richard has also represented Britain in the Sydney, Sao Paulo, Venice and Aperto Biennials, plus the Yokohama and Aichi Triennals.
Richard has exhibited widely, nationally and internationally, for over 40 years. He's been involved in major museum exhibitions and created public works in countries as diverse as Japan, China, Hong Kong USA, Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Australia and Iraq. To crown all of these achievements, he was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 2006.
5. Fatos Üstek
FatoÅ Üstek is a Turkish-born international curator and lecturer. She's a founding member of the Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA), an Art Nights Trustee, a member of Block Universe Advisory Board, as well as a member of AICA UK and ICI Alumni.
To top off all of that, FatoÅ is also Chief Juror for the Celeste Prize 2017 and she was on the jury for the sculpture section at the 2017 Arte Laguna Art Prize, Venice. We have a well-practiced judge in our midst.
We wanted to learn a bit more about Fatos from the wonder woman herself:
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