I’m a writer, mainly about art and jazz. I review exhibitions regularly for Bloomberg News and contribute to many other publications. My most recent book, published this November, is Michelangelo: His Epic Life. My other books all scrutinize the working process of great painters: nine weeks in the life of Vincent van Gogh, seven years of John Constable’s romance with his wife-to-be, around 250 hours which I spent sitting for a portrait by Lucian Freud and a series of dialogues exploring painting, landscape, space, time and perception with David Hockney.
Michelangelo: His Epic Life
Available from Penguin Fig Tree this November.