I have been informed that artist and Snooker enthusiast Mr. Myers passed away in 2010. This is the original video and a new podcast featuring an introduction and remarks by me. 

“Can you comment further on the 2009 ArtScape open studio event in which you interviewed UK artist Michael Myers? Any establishing shots or any of Myers? He died in 2010, and you may have some of the last video of him and/or his work. In the snooker world, his art became pretty well known.”

Interview: Mark Stebbins @ Art Toronto 2012 [video] « Christopher Healey

Mark and I talk about his remarkable painting and some of the thought behind his work, glitch and his unique place in history straddling the digital generation divide. Near the end of the interview my iphone actually ran out of memory so I apologize for the rough cut at that spot.

Correction: Mark was, but is not, a contestant in the RBC Painting Competition. Current and previous artists who participated had this label beside their names at the fair.


Interview: Dimitri Papatheodorou @ Art Toronto 2012 « Christopher Healey

I was listening to Q this morning and Jian Ghomeshi had trouble with pronouncing a guest’s last name because – as he put it – he got “intimidated” by the spelling as the interview started even though he had prepared by practicing the name. That made me feel better as I have done this many times, often with familiar names. It’s the part of the interview that I dread the most.

Not only is Dimitri gracious, but this became a topic of the interview for the first 10 minutes and somehow, oddly, tied in rather logically with our respective painting / media practice.

Also – I committed a gaff: I used the term “Westernize” when discussing the history of immigrants to Canada changing their family names. Not the right term, especially when referring to Greece as something other than being part of western civilization.

The video with all that sheen reflecting does not do these paintings justice, but Dimitri talking about his classical painting technique of glazing with oils, combined with his architect’s thinking about how we inhabit space, casts some additional light on these subtle works.

A very enjoyable conversation between two artists more than an interview, but that’s what I hope for now as I’ve evolved as an art blogger over the last three years. Love to have Dimitri co-hosting on some video reviews- as a matter of fact he offered to turn the camera on me for an interview and I was shocked. First time in 100′s of interviews someone offered to do that! Ha!


via Elan Fine Art

Interview: Joshua Vettivelu @ Art Toronto 2012 « Christopher Healey

On Friday I posted a rather quick critical, dismissive iphone review on ALP of Joshua’s work -(you can see it here http://tinyurl.com/9hmvah3 ). Later that evening I received a polite and inquisitive email from the artist himself, wanting more feeback and clarification. The following video is the interview that resulted when we met at his art work “Glory Hole” the next day.

Interview with Claire and Susana of Circuit Gallery (by Chris Healey)

A great discussion on the business, philosophy and curatorial practice of Circuit Gallery. 

A trend in contemporary art collecting has been the production of digital editions of a work - not reproductions, but original work - that is printed on demand via a website gallery. 

This is not a poster shop model or a virtual gallery of paintings and drawings. Most often these works are photographs and digital work that exist as an edition of 500, for example, and thus are affordable and accessible to a much wider audience than ever before. 

It was such a pleasure to sit down with Claire and Susana at Circuit Gallery’s headquarters on Queen Street West in Toronto. In addition to drooling over the large scale archival digital printing presses, I was also suitably smitten with Susana’s own photography work hanging on the walls of in the loft space (I’ve included a link to her artist website at the bottom).

These two gallery directors are steeped in current contemporary art issues and trends, and as you listen to the interview you can tell every aspect of running a gallery has been considered and thoughtfully applied to the Circuit Gallery model. Some of the aspects that really impressed me are 1) the low cap on editions of work to keep within the 100’s 2) the stable of artists and galleries they have approached to represent and 3) the passion and dedication they have for presenting and delivering museum-quality work. 

Apologies for the text message chime going off during the interview - I have since destroyed that phone with a hammer. 



Samuel Andreas Bietenholz @ 1313 

ArtListPro June 06, 2010Interview with Sam, whose is participating at a group show exhibit curated by Christopher Hume as part of Open Doors 2010. Out of all the work, his jumped out at me as “the real deal” and are very timely with the gentrification and condo development going on in the Parkdale and Queen West area.

Also interesting to note that my little cheap camera I have used for over 300 ALP interviews finally gave out right after this was shot. Never was $95 so effective for so long in the realm of media.