Rikki is a printmaker and painter based in Bristol, UK. He produce a range of risograph, giclée, and screenprints as well as handmade books and large scale paintings.
Rikki's work predominately focuses on experiments within abstraction but also swings between a playful and often pattern-rich aesthetic synonymous with European Folk Art.
As a keen sketchbook-keeper, his practice is usually informed by travel sketches, interpretations of my environment, and rigorous note keeping and observations. These 'scraps' then tend to provide the foundation for more developed prints and paintings that include collage, digital manipulation, and experimental drawing techniques.
Rikki relies on building pictures organically. Creating shapes in a variety of media on paper, acetate or fabric allows imagery to be overlapped, overdrawn, erased or cut out in a tug-of-war between addition and subtraction. Themes and arcing ideas often present themselves through improvisation. Finished works tend to be the result of composing fragments and symbols piece-by-piece until a narrative is appropriately conveyed.
His work has been featured in exhibitions in both London and Bristol. Rikki has been the finalist in international illustration competitions and featured in illustration magazines both online and in print.What inspired you to be an artist?
When I was six, my mum framed a collage I had made of a lady balancing a pot on her head, funnily enough. I remember being dead pleased. I imagine that had something to do with it.
Just ‘start’. Even if you don’t know why. Do something, anything.
How do you overcome creative lulls?
I tend draw in my sketchbook. I feel more confidence in approaching a page in a book. It feels less consequential than other media.
At the moment, it’s black Flashe paint and sheets of acetate.
What's your approach to managing technology whilst you’re in the creative groove of things e.g. emails and social media?
If I am in a ‘creative groove’ it tends to be one of the few times my preoccupation with social media goes out of the window, so I make the most of it. I wish I could pay less attention to it more often.
What other artwork projects have you recently been working on?
I’ve been hosting a life drawing workshop.
What’s it been like collaborating with Jorelle?
An absolute pleasure.
How have you found working with a different medium?
I thoroughly enjoyed it. I really enjoyed how the paint would take to the surface of the pots.