1. Who has influenced you as an artist
R: I could literally go on for hours but, I think I’d have to say definitely Kaws. There’s just something about everything he does from the toys to the massive shaped canvases.. Just gets my brain ticking.
2. How has being in isolation effected your process
R: I haven’t been able to go the studio to produce the squash paintings and can’t make them at home because there just so messy to produce. I started doing soft pastel drawings for now. It’s given me a new series of works that I will continue even out of lockdown.
3. What’s next for you? (Shows, new work, collabs?)
R: I really couldn’t tell you at this point. My Paris solo show has been postponed and I’ve had an art fair cancelled so far. Definitely looking forward to making some huge work after this lockdown and work on more stuff with Waluso Gallery which is run by one of my best friends.
4. Which current artist are you most excited about?
R: I’m excited about a lot of new artists but, at the moment I’m really digging Szabolcs Bozó’s work right now. It feels so playful and fresh. Also loving what Euan Roberts and Tim Gatenby are putting out right now.
5. Which is your favourite artwork you’ve created?
R: It has to be a bear canvas called “Thunder Buddy” that I produced last year that went off to a collector in Chicago. He just printed perfectly and I made me fall in love with the process even more.
6. Favourite artwork of any artist?
R: David Hockney ‘A bigger splash’ 1967
I’m not a massive Hockney fan.. that’s the maddest thing about it. There’s just something so special about it.
7. Favourite artwork you own?
R: I’d have to say it’s my Pure Evil Andy Warhol’s Nightmare print. Pure Evil (Charley) gave it to me on my first week working at the gallery. It has a special place in my heart.