Artists [Desert Island Discs Revisited]

Episodes

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Damien Hirst2018040820200426 (BBC7)
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Kirsty Young's castaway is artist Damien Hirst.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

From The Clash to Joni Mitchell. Artist Damian Hirst shares his castaway choices with Kirsty Young.

Life, death, desire, fear, beauty, horror - Damian's creative preoccupations are standard fair; his art - using sharks, maggots, butterflies, glass, formaldehyde and even sometimes paint - is not. His best known works have become iconic symbols of contemporary culture and his exhibitions and auctions attract attention the way a carcass attracts flies.

Growing up in Leeds, Damian's mother was something of an early artistic influence - she had dots painted on the front door and whenever Damien said he'd finished a drawing, she'd lay another sheet of paper down and tell her son "carry on."

He once said, "People don't like contemporary art but all art starts life as contemporary. I'm sure there were people in caves going 'I like your cave but I hate that crap you've got on the wall'."

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in May 2013

Jack Vettriano2018042220200329 (BBC7)From Bob Dylan to Leonard Cohen, the erotic poster artist shares his musical choices.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

Maggie Hambling2018041520200412 (BBC7)Sue Lawley's castaway is artist Maggie Hambling.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

Paula Rego2018040120200405 (BBC7)From Amalia Rodrigues to Giuseppe Verdi.

Painter Paula Rego shares her castaway choices with Sue Lawley.

Born in Portugal, she was an only child, and spent her days sitting with the maids as they told tales around the kitchen table.

Now she makes up stories about the people she knows and weaves them into her pictures. Like those early fairytales, her portraits always have a touch of danger about them. If you look the devil in the face, she says, face your fears and paint them - then they lose the power to scare you.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in December 1997.

Sue Lawley's castaway is painter Paula Rego.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

Yoko Ono2018042920200419 (BBC7)
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20200424 (BBC7)
From Edith Piaf to John Lennon, avant-garde artist Yoko Ono shares her castaway choices.

Selected gems from the Desert Island Discs archive.

From Edith Piaf to John Lennon. Avant-garde artist Yoko Ono shares her castaway choices with Kirsty Young.

Yoko was already an avant-garde artist in her own right when, in 1968, she started dating one of the most famous men in the world, John Lennon. Then, depending on who you listen to, she either stole him from the nation or helped him to focus on what was important to them both.

Now, she discusses how it felt to be so reviled in the press, looks back on their life together and recalls the shocking night of his murder. In a remarkably frank interview, Yoko reveals how she still speaks to him - and he still communicates with her.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in June 2007.