A brush with... Thomas J Price

An in-depth interview on the artist's big influences, from Giorgio Morandi to Alberto Giacometti

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Thomas J Price, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2021 ©ThomasJPriceCourtesythe artistand Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke

Thomas J Price, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2021 ©ThomasJPriceCourtesythe artistand Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke

A brush with...

In this podcast, based on The Art Newspaper's regular interview series, our host Ben Luke talks to artists in-depth. He asks the questions you've always wanted to: who are the artists, historical and contemporary, they most admire? Which are the museums they return to? What are the books, music and other media that most inspire them? And what is art for, anyway?

In this episode of A brush with..., Thomas J Price talks to Ben Luke about the art, books and music that have influenced him and the cultural epiphanies that have defined his life and work.

Installation view, Thomas J Price: Thoughts Unseen, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2021. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Ken Adlard

For two decades, Price has been making work about a subject that has now become a major cultural issue across the world: how power is transmitted through statuary and public sculpture and how diverse people in society are represented, or mostly not represented, in our streets and squares. Price was born in London in 1981, and studied at Chelsea College of Art and the Royal College of Art in London, and his works ask questions of the nature and history of his medium and of the perceptions and biases of the viewer.

Thomas J Price's From the Ground Up (2016). ©Thomas J Price. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

He talks about his early shift away from performance art, his long journey into the history of classical statuary, his passion for Alberto Giacometti and Giorgio Morandi, his early love of opera and his conflicted engagement with the British Museum. Plus, he ponders the questions we ask all our guests, about his studio rituals and the one work of art he’d choose to live with, and answers the ultimate one: what is art for?

Thomas J Price's Untitled (Icon) Series (2017). © Thomas J Price. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Thomas J Price: Thoughts Unseen, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, UK, until 3 January 2022. Witness, for the Studio Museum in Harlem’s inHarlem series, Marcus Garvey Park, New York, until 1 October 2022. Reaching Out has just been permanently installed at the Donum Estate, Sonoma, California. Price’s work for the Hackney Windrush Art Commission will be unveiled in June 2022.

A brush with… series 6 runs from 15 September - 6 October 2021, with episodes released on Wednesdays. You can download and subscribe to the podcast here. This episode is sponsored by Bloomberg Connects.