Exclusive Artist's Insight - The Big Naked Painting Challenge with Jenny Eclair

I think I may have mentioned that there might be an appearance of yours truly on a little known Channel 4 programme called Drawers Off from this Monday and every day to Friday at 5.30pm! A Life Drawing show, presented by Award Winning British Comedian Jenny Eclair, featuring 5 x contestants who draw a Life Model, (dramatically presented), within 90 minutes using any media they fancy.

Jenny very kindly answered my probing questions into her view of art, and what she thought of the show and anything we should be looking out for from her in the near future - I personally enjoy her and Judith's podcast very cleverly named 'Older & Wider Podcast' - give it a listen, it's like sitting in on a very funny and heart warming natter...


INTERVIEW WITH JENNY ECLAIR


L - With 'Drawers Off' fast approaching - tomorrow in fact, it just struck me, it’s really interesting to see how most Art/Makery TV Shows have top British Comedy talent presenting (yourself of course for Drawers Off, Stephen Mangan, Matt Lucas, Noel Fielding, Jo Brand, Jo Lycett, Alan Carr, etc) – what is it about comedy that adds to Creative TV programmes you reckon?


J- LOTS OF COMICS HAVE ART BACK GROUNDS, lots of people go to art school hoping to be in a band, stand up grew from that culture - and even if we didn’t study art ourselves - we went out with/ fancied art students - fancied that type - artists/ musicians/ comics - it’s a lifestyle thing. I think we understand what makes each other tick. If the world generally divides between the arty and the sporty and the academic then I’m definitely in the arty camp

Jenny Eclair - watch from Monday 30th May and every day this week at 5.30pm Channel 4 - Jenny Eclair holding a paint palette for the TV Programme on Channel 4 Drawers Off
Jenny Eclair - watch from Monday 30th May and every day this week at 5.30pm Channel 4

What do you think of the new format for ‘Drawers Off’?


HAVING PROFESSIONAL LIFE MODELS has encouraged a wider variety of artists wanting to do the show - the artists having to life model (as in series 1) was always a potential stumbling block. That said we met some great people in series 1 and I loved every minute of it


We’re all really familiar with the stand up comedian Jenny Éclair, which is an incredible and brave form of art in itself, but I know you’re also a painter AND art lover – How important is Art for you and how does it impact or inspire your career and life when you create art?


I LIVE IN LONDON AND WE HAVE THE BEST ART GALLERIES IN THE WORLD - I’ve got an over 60s Oyster card - giving me free (out of rush hour) travel - so I hoover up the exhibitions. My partner is incredibly knowledgeable and a very talented artist himself - over the years I’ve learnt stuff by osmosis. I have favourite artists and I kind of know what I like - which is pretty varied - but generally- colour is important to me . One of my favourite artists is Matisse - I think he’s a really inclusive and joyful artist - but I love a lot of pretty obscure stuff too. You can always afford a postcard!

You’re always busy on tour, writing books, Podcasting ‘Older & Wider’ with the lovely Judith Holder (personal fave) and BBC Sounds ‘Little Lifetimes’ has been incredible AND obviously presenting amazing shows like ‘Drawers Off’ – what are you up to next?


I'VE GOT A YOUNG ADULT FICTION BOOK OUT ON JUNE 23rd called ‘The Writing on The Wall’ which is very close to my heart. Then I resume my stand up tour '60 ffs!' In September x

As a bit of a 'Fan Girl' of Jenny, this made my day! x


Let me know what you think of Drawers Off from tomorrow at 5.30pm and every day until Friday - it's quite exciting to know this is actually happening and to see this all unfold on Channel 4 - DM me on Instagram @lizzieowenartist or email lizzie@lizzieowen.co.uk - Since then I've been creating more figurative pieces, the below literally in my class with Henley School of Art a week after filming :)

Life Drawing of Kelly from one of Henley School of Art's Life Drawing Classes - Kelly is lying down with one leg up in the air naked
Life Drawing by Lizzie Owen from Henley School of Art featuring Kelly - @kelly_lifemodel - this is not art featured on the show btw
Life Drawing by Lizzie Owen from Henley School of Art featuring Kelly - @kelly_lifemodel - this is not my art featured on the show btw
Life Drawing by Lizzie Owen from Henley School of Art featuring Kelly - @kelly_lifemodel - this is not art featured on the show btw

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