Team

The Artlyst Team

Paul Carter Robinson

CEO

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    Paul Carter Robinson FRSA, is the founder, CEO and Editor in Chief of Artlyst. He is a senior arts and culture professional, who began collecting and dealing in contemporary art 20 years ago. He is a respected and dynamic figure on the London art scene and the author of the book 20th Century Pewter Art Nouveau To Modernism (ACC, 2012). He has been an active art journalist/reviewer and editor for the last 10 years. Paul is a Fellow of the RSA as well as member of NUJ (National Union of Journalists). See interview Careers talk: The Guardian

Julian Costley

Acting Chairman

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    Julian Costley joined the Artlyst board as a non-executive director in January 2012. He has held senior international positions in the media, telecoms, finance, and internet markets and now invests in early stage, fast growth companies where he joins their boards as chairman or non-executive director. Originally an engineering graduate from the University of Bath, he went on to become a Country Manager at Thompson Reuters, then created his own TV channel on BSB (later BSkyB) before becoming the founding CEO of France Telecom’s Globecast satellite company. In 1998 he met venture capitalist Hermann Hauser and together they created E*TRADE UK, the Internet stockbroking firm, which they subsequently sold in a trade sale at the height of the dotcom boom. Julian then became an angel investor, interim manager and NED/chairman of companies in the UK, Netherlands, Scandinavia, China & Canada. He is an occasional lecturer/MBA course judge at London Business School, Oxford University (Said), Deusto (Spain), EDHEC (France) and Skema Business School (France).

Sara Faith

Associate Editor

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    Sara Faith studied History of Art at the University of Manchester under Sir Nicholas Penny. She had several years experience working in West end contemporary art galleries, before moving into publishing where she worked for Thames & Hudson and was an editor at BCA. For the last 10 years, Sara has been a Director of FCR Gallery in Notting Hill Gate which specialises in 20th century design and Modern British painting. Sara has been a regular exhibitor at international art fairs and has published feature reviews of major museum shows.

Jan Loeber

Non-executive Advisor

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    Jan Loeber joined the Artlyst board as a non-executive director in March 2014. He has a BS in Physics (Michigan Technological University) and a MS in Business Administration (George Washington University). He is a former telecoms exec and currently Founder and Chairman of Surgent Networks in the Boston area as well as IT Moves IT (Lux). He has served on various public company Boards including Telia in Sweden, Interxion in the Netherlands, Option in Belgium, WJ Communications in San Jose. He was founding CEO of GTS Carrier Services (the first and largest pan-European fiber optic network) HQ in Brussels (GTS IPO 1997 – $10B Market Cap); Managing Director (Investment Banking) of Global Telecommunications, Bankers Trust NY Corp in London then NY; worked for US West for six months in Munich in pursuit of a Mobile license. This, after serving as founding CEO, Unitel (later, TMobile UK) in London; President of Nokia, USA; co-CEO, Alcatel Telic in Paris (Alcatel had acquired ITT Telecoms/Europe); VP, ITT and Head of Product and Market Management European Telecoms in Brussels; and Executive Director Digital PABX Development, Bell Labs, AT&T after having served in a variety of senior AT&T Marketing and Strategy positions. His early professional experience began with IBM Corp and Banking IT (VP Security National Bank and VP Chemical Bank of New York).


Writers

Edward Lucie-Smith

Journalist / Critic / Reviews

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    Edward Lucie-Smith was educated at King’s School, Canterbury and Merton College, Oxford, where he read History. He is an internationally known art critic and historian, who has published more than a hundred books including more than sixty books on the subject of art, chiefly but not exclusively on contemporary work. He is generally regarded as the most prolific and widely published writers in this field.

Sue Hubbard

Sue Hubbard

Reviews

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    Sue Hubbard is an award-winning poet, novelist and freelance art critic. She has written regularly for The Independent, Time Out and The New Statesman as well as many other leading art publications. She has published 3 collections of poetry, a book of short stories, two novels and a book of art essays: Adventures in Art. Her new novel Rainsongs is due this autumn from Cinnamon Press.

    www.suehubbard.com

Paul Carey-Kent

Reviews

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    Paul Carey-Kent is a freelance art writer, Frieze, artcritical, Photomonitor, Border Crossings and World of Interiors. He is also an independent curator as well as the former Editor at Large of Art World magazine. He has written numerous catalogues and is well known on the London Contemporary art scene.

Paul Black

Journalist / Critic / Reviews

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    Paul Black is the former Deputy Editor at Artlyst. He has previously worked for Flux Magazine, Flash Art, Sculpture Magazine, and NY Arts Magazine – spanning a fifteen year career covering national and international exhibitions – Paul co-authored Michael Joo’s Monograph for ‘Other Criteria’ with fellow authors Huyunsun Tae, Bruce W. Ferguson, and Hans Ulrich-Obrist; and recently completed a survey on the American artist Richard Prince for his exhibition at Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria.

Clare Henry

Reviews/Features

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    Clare Henry FRSA is a British art critic, curator, columnist, TV presenter and printmaker. She has been writing for 40 years, first as art critic for The Herald, then for the Financial Times in New York.

    She was Scottish editor for Arts Review, & has contributed to The Art Newspaper, Studio, ARTnews, The Guardian, Sculpture, Printmaking Today, The Scotsman & New York Sun.

    She curated major exhibitions and was commissioner for Scotland at the Venice Biennale, 1990.

    Her written archive is at the Glasgow School of Art: her Clare Henry Newspaper & Photography Archive at the Glasgow Women’s Library.

Michal Cole

Reviews

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    Michal Cole is a multi-disciplined artist and art journalist living and woking in London. She recently completed her MA Fine Arts degree at Chelsea Art College. Michal has exhibited internationally and is represented by Florentin 45 Gallery, Tel Aviv, and Wolkonsky Gallery-Munich.

Virginie Puertolas-Syn

Journalist / Reviews

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    Virginie is a consultant lecturer Sotheby’s Institute London and Managing Director International Pearl Lam Galleries. Virginie has a MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute, MA in Political Science from Science Po Paris and she is currently doing her MA in History of Art at Birkbeck University of London.

Kerim Aytac

Photography Reviews

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    Kerim Aytac was born in Istanbul in 1979, and grew up in London whilst studying in a French school. Film was an obsession of his from an early age, and was the subject of his degree studies. Aytac soon found that photography began to offer more creative outlets, which led him to pursue an MA in Photography at Goldsmiths University. Since then he has sought to develop and explore his practice whilst also teaching Film and Photography. Aytac has exhibited in Solo and Group Shows internationally and lives and works in London. He writes about photography and film for several online publications.

Lisa Azarmi

Reviews

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    Lisa Azarmi is a graduate in fine art from Goldsmiths. She’s lectured in art and design before following a career as a media consultant. Lisa has an art blog and has most recently been involved with Puretone Resonate, an alternative arts and music event in Andalusia, Spain. Lisa is a poet and practising artist, she also hosts tours for The Picker Trust, a private modern art collection.

Simon Tarrant

Journalist/Reviews

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    Simon Tarrant is an artist, curator and arts promoter. His paintings have been exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, Royal College of Arts, Saatchi Gallery and Bankside Gallery. Working closely with international charities to create public exhibitions and charity fundraising events, exhibitions Simon has curated include WaterAid at the London Canal Museum, Layers at the Southbank Arts Centre, royal sculptor Frances Segelman’s Tower of London retrospective for the Stroke Association and intersex activist Ela Xora’s Captured Hermaphroditus campaign. Simon also directs the Winter Pride Art Awards, showcasing emerging and established artists regardless of their sexuality.

Zoltan Alexander

Journalist / Reviews

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    Zoltan Alexander started working with Artlyst in 2016 reviewing ParisPhoto, Frieze London, Frieze Masters and other major contemporary art exhibitions. Prior to that, he has worked with fashion and luxury brands, Vogue UK, Vogue France, Hearst Corporation, Condé Nast Publishing, lived in Paris, San Francisco and subsequently moved back to London a couple of years ago. He is the founder of ZOLTAN+ Branding & Art Direction. As Creative Director his personal expertise is often sought out to establish new businesses, magazines, provide strong conceptual directions to brands, advertising agencies and online/offline publications.

Alice Lenkiewicz

Journalist / Reviews

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    Alice Lenkiewicz is an artist and writer who works in Liverpool. She was born in Tavistock, Devon and brought up in Plymouth. Her father is the Plymouth artist, Robert Lenkiewicz who gave Alice lessons in art from a young age. Alice makes use of a veriety of mediums in her work: painting, photography, assemblage, poetry and film. She completed her BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art and English at Edge Hill University in 1998, continuing on to a Masters degree in ’Writing Studies.

Joanne Shurvell

Journalist / Reviews

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    Joanne Shurvell, co-director of PayneShurvell gallery is a former Communications Director at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, (ICA) London. She is a freelance arts writer and arts marketing consultant. PayneShurvell represents a group of international artists including Northen Art Prize winner Margaret Harrison who has several paintings in the Tate collection. Alongside young and emerging artists Joanne is a regular writer for Huffington Post and contributor to Forbes online.

Eva Wong Nava

Far East Correspondent

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    Eva Wong Nava is a British Art Historian based in a nation-state not far from the Equator. She holds an M.A. in Art History from The Open University and writes about modern and contemporary Southeast Asian art because she feels that the region she calls home has plenty of good quality art to offer the world. When not writing about art, she writes Flash Fiction, using visual art as prompts to get her writing juices flowing. She also teaches a creative writing course using examination of artworks as prompts for writing original pieces. Through dialogues with each other and writing exercises, participants explore the different ways of creative writing and experience works of art through a personal, social and cultural lens. Find her work at CarpeArte Journal.

New York

Lizanne Merril

Journalist / Exhibition Reviews

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    Lizanne Merrill is a private art adviser and art journalist. Her inside perspective of the art market encapsulates the seasoned collector as well as the novice. With over three decades of experience in the contemporary and photographic arts of the 20th and 21st centuries, she offers an in- depth knowledge of the emerging and established art world.

Ilka Scobie

Journalist/ Exhibition Reviews

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    Ilka Scobie is a New York poet and art critic. Her publications include books, Any Island (Soncino Press) There for the Taking (For Zoas Press) Journals: Long Shot, New Observations, Phatitude, Poetry in Performance.

Isa Freeling

Reviews

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    Isa Freeling has forged a long and versatile career in the arts. She is a Drama and Literature graduate of Bennington College (US) continuing her studies at RADA in London (UK). Ms. Freeling blogs for Huffington Post, has written for the NY Daily News as well as Artlyst on art and culture. As a strong believer in volunteerism she has given her time and effort to numerous causes in the US and abroad. She is also a painter, jewelry designer, and an exotic bird wrangler.

Jerry Kaye

Reviews

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    Jerry Kaye is an internationally known fashion designer as well as a serious collector of Contemporary art and design. He has contributed to Artlyst for over five years.