A brush with… Michael Armitage, a podcast by The Art Newspaper

A brush with…, sponsored by Cork Street Galleries, is the new podcast from The Art Newspaper’s The Week in Art team.

In the series of exclusive, in-depth conversations, host Ben Luke interviews four leading painters about their life and work through their cultural experiences.

The first episode hears Kenyan-British artist Michael Armitage talk about the artists, living and long gone, who he most admires; the art he has pinned to his studio wall; the museum that holds endless inspiration; the writers he returns to; the music he plays as he paints in the studio and the rituals of his daily practice.

We learn about the unique fusion of East African and European culture at the heart of Armitage’s paintings, explore the ways that the art of the past can infuse the pre-sent day; and ultimately ponder the wonderful, yet at times absurd, act of painting itself.

A brush with… lands every Wednesday throughout the month of August. You can download and subscribe to the podcast here.