Tal Regev Interview - The Hopper Prize

Tal Regev

Tal Regev on developing a new series, exploring themes around collapse & transformation, & figures as vessels.

How did you get into making art?

I was always drawn to art, it was a natural process following this path. I started going to art class as a child and continued developing my practice, specifically focusing on painting.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently developing a series of paintings which I will be showing in London this year focusing on themes around collapse and transformation. In those works I see the figures as vessels in which I channel energies through. The colours for me highlight a sense of electricity or something acidic that the figures are expelling, leaking auras and organic forms onto the surface of the canvas.

I am currently developing a series of paintings focusing on themes around collapse and transformation.

Tal Regev

What inspired you to get started on this body of work?

It tends to be intuitive, I aim to get closer to a sense or tension that is not fully perceived. The inspiration for this is drawn from my surrounding and personal experiences. I try to tap into less tangible states of being that are perhaps more primal. I am interested in the trace, which underpins what follows.

Do you work on distinct projects or do you take a broader approach to your practice?

My approach is broader, in my practice I follow a natural continuation of works. For instance, a core interest of mine is how memory or history are embedded in the body. I am interested in how the grips of the past dominate our current experiences. My work touches upon liquidity of the body, borders, personal politics and histories leaking, seeping, overtaking and disappearing.

What’s a typical day like in your studio?

I like to start the early, I would usually start painting for a couple of hour’s, the rest of the day tends to be organic, writing, sketching, researching and painting.

Who are your favorite artists?

Recently I have been looking at the works of Mariam Chan, Merlin Dumas and Behrang Karimi. I am also inspired by contemporary dance.

Where do you go to discover new artists?

I discover new artist by going to exhibitions, I also get to know new artist via conversations with peers and through general research.

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