Rank #1: Episode 4: Jacob Collins
Jacob is a seminal force in the realist movement. He has taught and mentored countless artists, and inspired many more through his beautiful painting. We are excited to bring you a conversation with a teacher, mentor and close friend to both of us.
Rank #2: Episode 10: Steven Assael
Steven has been a central figure in the realist painting world for decades. We explored Steven's introduction to art, and what continues to inspire his outstanding paintings. The conversation goes very deep into Steven's philosophy, ranging from cave paintings to Bruce Lee.
Rank #3: Episode 6: Vincent Desiderio
Vincent Desiderio is one of the leading figurative painters of our time. His work is featured in collections including the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guggenheim Museum, The Walker Art Center among many others. He is a senior critic at the New York Academy of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Vincent has a reputation as one of the leading intellects in figurative art, and he did not disappoint.
Rank #4: Episode 32: Daniel Sprick
Daniel Sprick is widely considered one of the leading realist painters. His work is featured in numerous private and public collections including the Denver Art Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC, and the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock. His work has inspired countless artists including the Suggested Donation Duo.
Rank #5: Episode 16: James Gurney
We sat down at the Grand Central Atelier's Eleventh Street Arts Gallery to record a much anticipated conversation with artist and Dinotopia creator, James Gurney.
Rank #6: Episode 20: Juliette Aristides
Juliette Aristides is a monumental figure in the classical painting community. Her three books on painting have been hugely influential to a generation of painters, with a new, fourth book in the works. She is also an old friend and we were happy to finally catch her on a trip to NYC
Rank #7: Episode 22: Joseph McGurl
We sat down with an artist who is widely considered to be one of the greatest living landscape painters, Joseph McGurl.
Rank #8: Episode 23: Scott Waddell
We're back, again. This time we are joined by artist and old pal, Scott Waddell. Scott recently left his long run as one of the favorite core instructors at the Grand Central Atelier where we all teach to pursue his burgeoning online mentoring and instructional videos. We discuss this transition, his roots in film and, of course, his epic paintings. We hope you enjoy this conversation with one of our favorite artists!
Rank #9: Episode 15: David Kassan
We were recently joined by artist David Kassan for a fun conversation at the Salmagundi Club. David is coming off of the success of his Kickstarter campaign to fund his Parallel Palette. David discussed his work, inspiration, roots and his Kassan Foundation.
Rank #10: Episode 18: Daniel Graves
The boys have a conversation with great artist, educator and founder of The Florence Academy of Art, Daniel Graves.
Rank #11: Episode 12: Michael Grimaldi
We had the chance to sit down and talk to one of our favorite artists and dear friend, the incredibly talented Michael Grimaldi.
Rank #12: Episode 41: Peter Van Dyck
We are very excited to present the latest Suggested Donation Podcast with Peter Van Dyck. Peter’s paintings are a perfect storm of talent, integrity, dedication, intelligence and raw coolness. His subjects range, but have hovered recently over place. His work is a favorite of ours and so many other painters with whom we speak. He is cerebral and hilarious and this episode is already a hall of famer. We hope that you enjoy getting to hear more from this singularly talented painter and good friend of the podcast.
Rank #13: Episode 42: Stephen Bauman
Figure painter Stephen Bauman sits down with Suggested Donation for a great conversation at The Florence Academy of Art, US in Jersey City, NJ where he is currently the Director of the Anatomy and Ecorche.
Rank #14: Episode 37: Jeremy Mann
End of Summer blues got you down? Well, the lads have the cure for your post-summer hangover- THAT'S RIGHT!! Boo-ya! Another dynamite Suggested Donation Podcast coming at ya! The fellas had a great time drinking wine and talking shop with artist Jeremy Mann in his home in Oakland California.
Rank #15: Episode 21: Robert Simon
Suggested Donation Podcast is back with another dynamite episode! Hot off the presses, our back to school special edition is perhaps our most extraordinary scoop to date, featuring Old Master Dealer and real-life Indiana Jones, Robert Simon. Hear the gripping story of an art historical find of momentous proportions -- the discovery of the century.