#7QUESTIONS – RYCA
An associate of the Redshift family, Ryca (Ryan Callanan) is one of the most prolific contemporary artists around at the moment. He’s shown in galleries internationally from Japan to Bristol. It first started when he bought a print from a well known pop up gallery, and thought he could do better. He did. Making the legendary ‘Ona Islam’, placing it on ebay, selling in 30 minutes for £30. A new urban art star was born. Quickly he was apart of super cool Scrawl collective. And has since had 3 solo shows and formed his own print publishing company ‘Squarity’ – home to the Scroobius pip Print ‘Free Cheese’.
Were massive fans of his prints, sculptures, text works and all round star wars obsessiveness! So we thought we would catch up with what he’s been doing via our #7 questions.
#1 When you first started making work, what was it that inspired you and how did manage to relate into your style?
It was the Street art movement that kick started it, i had ideas and it was not like you needed an invite to join in, you just had to do something that was of the ilk and eye catching – I guess a bit of luck too.
#2 Name 7 artists that have inspired your work?
Jean Michelle Basquiat
#3 Like us your hugely inspired by Star Wars. Who’s your favorite character and why?
Star Wars, never seen it. Ok I aint gonna get away with that… to be honest I love the obscure characters that they made toys from – thats how I got in to Star Wars – trying to spot them in the film. characters like Amanaman, yak face, snaggletooth, ephant moon, b’oamrr monk, ellorrs madam and djas purr. My favourite has to be Boba Fett.
#4 You’ve worked with Redshift on a couple of occasions; how did this come about and what’s the story behind the bass-face T?
It came about through mutual friends, the bassface T was something I had wanted to do for ages. I am a vinyl collector (more so than DJ) and have a vast collection of old skool, hardcore, garage, drum and bass and more recently dubstep (over 5,000 records). The bassface is like taking the smiley face (from the acid house days) to a modern rave/dance – the grimy baselines would have the poor guy all twisted up and his grimace pretty much sums up how a filthy baseline feels.
#5 You’ve recently just had a show at the king of paint in Bristol. What was the general theme behind it and what did you take from this to bring into 2012?
The theme for my last show was ‘culture + movies + pop art + humour = art’ this is pretty much my formula for all my RYCA work, its really good to have a solo show and it allows me to get a bunch of new images out there, 2012, will be more of the same and hopefully a show in Japan , a few pieces in a museum! (in Germany) and various things happening in the UK.
#6 You have a show coming up in Tokyo. Are you tailoring the show specifically toward the environment/culture of Japan?
This is exactly what the japanese don’t want – they are fascinated by western culture, art – my work has been popular in japan without me deliberately aiming at that that market. so my thinking is carry on as though the show was anywhere else, having said that the only thing you are limited on is size, anything over a metre is gonna hard to sell (i’m told) as most people have limited wall space.
#7 What are your 7 personal favourite pieces of your own work?
Sound of tha Police