It seems like nowadays there are fewer gatekeepers in the art world, it’s easier to get your work out there and share it.
Social media has made the whole world much more accessible. You can openly express something. I'm not the biggest fan of social media but for creatives it's very good because you now have your own platform where you can show your work
Some galleries are much more sensitive about photography than others, where do you stand?
Oh, I let people take pictures of my work. I mean if I saw someone putting a tripod down, setting up the camera I might stop them! I put all my work up on Instagram. I like sharing it.
How long have you been based in London?
I’ve been here since 2000, and I live here for 5 or 6 months a year. I'd say London is my home.
Big cities have changed a lot, people often talk about how it’s harder to be an an artist. Have you noticed that change?
I love the place to bits, I call it my home. But it’s a big problem that London is getting so expensive. People are having to work further and further out, it’s making the centre of London lose a bit of its edge, it's coolness. Young people can't afford to live in central London.
Would you ever live anywhere else?
I'm going to go away for the winter. I'll probably be in Mexico for a few months. I surf so, generally surf about two, three months a year. Go in and zone out, I usually have a setup there before I go.
Would you ever go back to working on the streets or are those days behind you?
Oh no, I much prefer painting on canvas and mixing in elements of street. My take on trashy art!
When I was doing more street art, I would go into doing derelict buildings but there aren’t those opportunities now as cities get more and more built up. The building where I used to do a lot of my work doesn't exist anymore. They knocked it down. Security guards didn't mind. It was an old building and it was out of commission and they were paid just to make sure nothing terrible happened.
They never minded me painting. I'd just lay a piece then I'd go back and lay another piece on top of it and then I'd go back and I would lay another piece on top of that
Could you ever imagine doing anything other than painting?
I don't think I ever could. It's just what I do.
So the fact that loads of people really love your work is just a bonus!
Yeah, it's fantastic and to have so many people buying my work and so many commissions, I'm really flattered by it.
You mentioned the new series. How far into that are you?
I'm going to do a show in September; I want to have 12 to 14 pieces. I'm also working on some encaustic work as well, so I might show two or three of encaustic pieces.
Do you get nervous when you’re about to present your work?
I try not to really think about it, I just go with it. I'm painting until the last minute so I don't have time to worry. With the last I show I was hanging up a piece that was still wet.
Where would you host your dream show?
Actually, the show I'm planning in September is going to be a really cool one, a little piano factory. It’s not just about showing off the art, what’s great about exhibitions is the energy and the vibe that comes off of everyone and everything – people coming together to look at art and talk about it, it’s great!
Do you ever listen to what people say about your work and go “you don’t get it”?
Everyone has their opinion on art. A lot of people give me quick compliments on my work and some people, let’s just say it's not for them but that's just the beauty of art, it's all your interpretation.
Find out more about Robyn Ward at RobynWardArt.com