“Part of the reason for doing the PHD was to find out why I am repeating, what it is about repetition that I like.” A conversation with James Quin.

James Quin is an artist based on the Wirral. He has recently completed a practice-based PHD at Newcastle University. Quin’s research, The Temporal Conditions of the Static Image: Repetition as an Engine of Difference, examines the relations between painting, repetition and time. James is course leader on the BA Fine Art Painting course at University Centre, St Helens College, having recently worked as senior lecturer in Fine Art at De Montfort University. He is a member of Contemporary British Painting, an artist led organisation which explores and promotes current trends in British painting through group exhibitions, talks, publications and the donation of paintings to art museums.  

Brendan and I visited James to speak about his practice and look at his most recent body of work.

“I’ve been trying to make large paintings for years.” An interview with Donal Moloney

Donal Moloney is an Irish artist who lives on the Wirral. He was born in Cork and studied at the Crawford College of Art (BA), the Slade School of Fine Art (MFA) and University of the Arts London (PhD). Donal moved to Merseyside after being appointed Senior Lecturer at Liverpool Hope University.  He has exhibited widely and in 2016 Donal won the People’s Choice Award in the John Moores Painting Prize with his painting ‘Cave Floor’. Donal is a founding member of the organisation ‘Teaching Painting’ whose remit is to investigate the teaching of contemporary painting practices within art schools. 

We visited Donal on the hottest day on British record, in his studio, a purpose built shed at the end of his garden, where he was in the process of working on a series of new large paintings.

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