Hey Rob, A/S/L...? 28/Male/London
DO YOU HAVE A NICKNAME? Paddy/WhoreWhiskey
SO FILL US IN BRIEFLY ON YOUR EDUCATION BACKGROUND, DID YOU GO TO UNI...? I went to Art School yep, I drank solidly for two and a half years then pulled my finger out in the last half, back then you could still get a decent degree failing or scraping passes as long as you did well in your last year. I regret fucking around but it exhausted some of the less desirable parts of my personality.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN DRAWING? I've been drawing since I could hold the pencil really. I had really bad knees when I was young from sitting with my legs crossed drawing.
WHEN DID YOU FIRST REALISE YOU WERE GOOD AT IT? ROB: I realised when I won a medal aged five for drawing in school. After that I noticed that the psychopaths in the class would be much less violent towards me when I was drawing, self-preservation.
DID YOUR PARENTS HAVE YOUR CHILDHOOD PICS PINNED UP ON THE WALL IN THE KITCHEN? MINE DID, BUT THEY WERE NEVER THAT GREAT... They have two of the worst things I've ever done framed in their kitchen, and they won't take them down. My Dad really encouraged me when I was young and always looked so happy when I showed him pictures of Egyptians murdering Romans. My mum had the other side where she was always willing to spend money on art things, so they both made me value what I was doing.
DID YOU ALWAYS WANT/EXPECT IT TO BE YOUR CAREER? (was there anything else you ever wanted to be or do instead?) When I was young I was into automotive design and architecture but later I realised it was really just the drawings of cars and buildings that I liked.
NOW ART IS YOUR MONEY MAKER, HAS THIS CHANGED HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT IT FROM WHEN IT WAS JUST A PLEASURE AS A KID? Art is definitely not my main money maker, I have another job like most of us. I finish work then draw until I go to sleep. I don't want to be poor, I want to buy a round of drinks and go on holiday with my girlfriend. I'm young enough and got a good enough work ethic to get both done.
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE OF ART IN THREE WORDS FOR US.... Improving. Stunning. Fertile
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE YOU'VE EVER CREATED? (LINK OR DESCRIPTION IS FINE!) I did it a year ago, you'll see it soon. It's like a salad of fantastic objects. Right now though it's this print I got for sale
DO YOU HAVE A TARGET AUDIENCE IN MIND WHEN DOING YOUR OWN ART, OR IS IT MORE FOR YOURSELF? It's for everyone, I always feel very happy when someone completely outside of what I do can recognise that I made something good. There's levels to what I do and the original act of making something is sort of for myself (unless it's an illustration) then after a while it becomes something for anyone.
YOU HAVE SOME QUITE STRONG STATEMENT PIECES... WHAT REACTION DO PEOPLE USUALLY HAVE TO THESE? AND IS IT WHAT YOU INTENDED WHEN CREATING THEM? It's something I used to do more, to be honest it was probably more about being quite into typography, the message came second really. People are really into those, I get people sending me pictures of the prints on the walls of creative agencies every so often. Its good, I don't get invited in there but my prints do.
WHAT/WHO/WHERE DO YOU FIND MOST INSPIRING? History and culture/The people I know/London
TELL US WHO YOUR FAVOURITE ARTISTS ARE, OLD AND NEW... Patrick Caulfield, Claes Oldenburg a bit, Tom Wesselmann... some of my favourites live round here.
YOU'VE ALREADY BEEN INVOLVED WITH CHRISTOPHER SHANNON AND THE FRED PERRY TSHIRT PROJECT, HOW WAS THAT FOR YOU? Christopher was great to work for and that still pays off in various ways, that job had a good all round feeling. Fred Perry was very big for me, I've always worn their polo shirts and loved them since I was young, so that was really a dream come true.
IS FASHION IMPORTANT TO YOU AS AN ARTIST? DO YOU THINK FASHION AND ART ARE DEPENDENT ON EACH OTHER OR ONE COULD HAPPILY EXIST WITHOUT THE OTHER? Sure fashion is important to me, but in an appropriate way. I'm sure we could have fashion and art as separate entities but they work well for each other, why have salt without vinegar. The line is pretty blurred anyway.
A FRIEND OF MINE SAID HE ALWAYS PAINTS IN THE NUDE AS HE FEELS MORE FREE, THANKFULLY HE LIVES ALONE. YOU EVER TRIED THIS? Probably, shirt off is pretty common in the summer.
IS THERE A PERSON, BAND OR BRAND YOU WOULD MOST LOVE TO DO SOME WORK FOR OR COLLABORATE WITH? SOMEONE'S ALBUM COVER PERHAPS? I've been dreaming of doing a Moschino shirt for years man.
WHAT MUSIC DO YOU MOST LOVE LISTENING TO WHEN WORKING? Slow stuff mostly, Jodis, Earth, Godflesh and Codeine, to be honest I usually have youtube on instead, stuff on the Spanish civil war or Ethiopia, or stuff about Arab culture. Learning why things are the way they are keeps me drawing.
WHAT ARE THE THINGS WHICH HAVE MOST INFLUENCED YOUR WORKING ATTITUDE? The work ethic my parents gave me, I hated having to dig a trench in the rain in the middle of winter aged ten, but it's paying off now. Now is the time where you can work every hour of the day and not die, so we may as well do it.
CAN YOU SHARE WITH US WHAT YOU'RE WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT? Sure, I've been drawing heads of people I've imagined, like composites of people we know. It's bad luck to talk about commissioned jobs that haven't come out yet, so check my blog or website for those soon.
ARE YOU LIVING LIFE EACH DAY AS IT COMES OR ARE YOU A TEN-YEAR-PLAN KINDA BLOKE? I usually plan what I roughly want to do in a year, then on top of that plan a month ahead. A lot of the time things drop off but I usually end up doing more than I planned. I'm an almost obsessive list writer.
WHAT 5 THINGS COULD YOU NOT LIVE WITHOUT? Drawing. You friends. Adelya. Turkish Food (with beer). The kindness of my family. There is no order.
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO TELL US ABOUT YOU OR YOUR WORK...? I have a new website www.robwhoriskey.com
CAN YOU DRAW US A PICTURE REAL QUICK (2 MINUTE DOODLE) WHICH IS JUST FOR US?