Talk Art
Talk Art
Oct 22, 2020
Sir Paul Smith CBE CH
50 min

Talk Art exclusive!!! We meet a living LEGEND!! For episode 8, Russell and Robert meet the iconic British fashion designer Sir Paul Smith CH CBE RDI (born 5 July 1946). We discuss a lifetime of collecting art, his recent award of Companion of Honour from the Queen, setting up a new foundation with the aim of giving advice to creative people, his support of artists at the Royal Academy Schools and Slade including Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and James Lloyd and the lasting impact artists like David Hockney, Patti Smith, R. B. Kitaj, Peter Blake, Frank Auerbach and David Bowie had on his life. We learn about the exhibitions he put on in his first shop in the 1960s including works by Andy Warhol and how this has continued to the present day with exhibitions in his London and Los Angeles stores by Joy Yamusangie and John Booth amongst many others!


This special episode was recorded in Paul Smith's office in London. Visit Paul Smith's Foundation online at www.PaulSmithsFoundation.com or Instagram @PaulSmithsFoundation. Paul's eponymous new 50th Anniversary Book is available now (published by Phaidon). This inspiring new book captures his unique spirit and one-of-a-kind creativity by selecting 50 highly personal objects, charting his and his brand’s half century of struggle and success, from a small menswear concern in Nottingham, UK, through to a globally recognised international fashion house.


Follow Paul on Instagram @PaulSmith and @PaulSmithDesign, visit Paul's official website www.PaulSmith.com


For images of all artworks discussed in this episode visit @TalkArt. Talk Art theme music by Jack Northover @JackNorthoverMusic courtesy of HowlTown.com We've just joined Twitter too @TalkArt. If you've enjoyed this episode PLEASE leave us your feedback and maybe 5 stars if we're worthy in the Apple Podcast store. Thank you for listening to Talk Art, we will be back very soon. For all requests, please email talkart@independenttalent.com

 

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