Welcome to the Winter Issue of The Painting Imperative.

In this issue we are again delighted to present articles on a both established and newcomer artists, it’s essential we remind ourselves that there is great work happening out there in the studios of both iconic and unknown painters. In the iconic category who else this season but the masterful Gerhard Richter, whose exhibition Panorama is currently on show at Tate Modern in London. Simon Bayliss has written a great article for us that we are sure you’ll enjoy. Simon has also picked out his painting highlights of the 2011 Freize Art Fair. Both great reads.

Over on the other side of the Atlantic Erin Treacy has found an interesting post boom link between quite unconnected newcomers in some recent exhibitions in New York and Washington DC.

John O’Carroll a painter who works in Egypt, Cornwall and Amsterdam, talks pigment and process in Paintologically Speaking…, and Anna Savage goes Outside the Lines to puts a painter’s spin on Pawel Althamer’s recently on show at the Berlin Guggenheim.

Lastly, The Painting Imperative has been privileged to record Dermot Seymour in conversation with Noel Kelly CEO of Visual Artists Ireland, where we get a humorous and personal insight into the artist and his politically charged work.

Thanks once again to all our contributors who selflessly take the time to share their views, and to all our readers we send season’s greetings and best wishes for 2012!