20 questions to Remi Rough (remirough.com).
1: Who are you?
My name is Remi Rough and I am an artist.
2: What is your background?
I started painting graffiti in the early 80’s and it’s gradually developed over the past 30 years into the work I make now. Via being a graphic designer and illustrator and subsequently an art director for the music industry.
3: Where were you born?
Guys Hospital, London Bridge.
4: Explain your work in up to 40 words.
It’s all about balance and tension. utilising the reference from my background in graffiti, the colours and forms and abstracting them into the compositions I make now.
Tension is very important in the work. They’re not meant to necessarily look beautiful, it’s more about making them balance and pull in the right directions.
5: How has your practice changed over time?
I have a studio now and I spend most of time painting there instead of painting walls.
6: Do you have a favourite medium to work in?
Paint on canvas… I don’t care what paint, spray, emulsion, bitumen, acrylic… whatever.
7: Do you pursue any themes? If so what?
8: What other jobs have you done/do you do other than being an artist?
Graphic designer and art director. Mainly in the music industry as I said but I also worked in publishing a little.
9: What research do you do for your art?
Books, programmes on movements and architecture. I also take a lot of photos of forms when I’m walking around. They all reference the painting in some way, shape or form.
10: What makes you angry?
People who abuse the use of the English language… Especially people who say AKS instead of ASK.
11: What is your favourite colour?
12: What is your favourite piece that you have produced?
No idea, I haven’t produced it yet.
13: What music/album are you currently listening to?
Hail Mary Mallon is on constant repeat at the studio.
14: What makes you happy?
Spending time with my wife and daughter.
15: What are your favourite films?
Papillon with Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen. The book is also my favourite book.
16: Favourite place?
17: One or more artists you like?
Malevich, Jerry Inscoe and Steve More.
18: What is your favourite word?
19: Professionally what is your goal?
20: What would your dream commission be?
Painting a wall high above London that only planes can see.