Ep 87 - Kyle Staver : Human Touch And Persistent Heart

I had such an enjoyable conversation with artist Kyle Staver in Brooklyn. Kyle has been painting for the last 30 years or so. Her large-scale figure paintings are magical, funny, very human and they convey a world that Kate Leibman of the Brooklyn Rial described as coming up from behind to meet the surface of the image and pressing up against it. Which I think is a great description.

As well as other awards, Kyle is the recipient of a Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Purchase Prize. Her work has been exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions.

We talk about, selling rugs, bears, camel trading, paper plates, and of course art, lots of art and painting . . .

Here are the main points of what we talk about:

  • Humour,
  • Cynicism,
  • Renoir,
  • Movies and books about artists,
  • Facebook picture groupings,
  • Origins of a painting,
  • Composition,
  • Space,
  • Time,
  • Certainty,
  • Sketches,
  • Myths,
  • Maquettes,
  • Drawing,
  • Color,
  • Colaboration,
  • Personal style,
  • Illustration,
  • Art criticism,
  • Underlying themes,

To find out more about Kyle and her work

Referenced in the podcast . . .

“The greater the artist, the greater the doubt. Perfect confidence is granted to the less talented as a consolation prize,” Robert Hughes

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