Danish painter Tal R on ghosts, art and obscenity: 'I think sex is quite banal'

Tal R

"Paradis" reads the sign by the entrance to Tal R’s studio in Copenhagen. But when I arrive, the barking emanating from within sounds more like the hounds of hell. Tentatively, I open the door to the building – a former print studio that the Israeli-born Danish artist has occupied for seven years – and a Great Dane called Fanny, who is almost as tall as my chest, comes bounding towards me. “Sorry!” cries Tal R, in a high-pitched voice, from the other end of the room. “Fanny is beautiful and loyal, but she understands very little.”

A charismatic character in a white baseball cap, Tal R – whose paintings can be found in permanent collections everywhere from Stockholm’s Moderna Museet to the Art...

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