Ryan Callanan (a.k.a RYCA) places much importance on cross referencing within his artwork, combining street art and pop art cultures together. Taking subjects out of their natural context and splicing them with others to create something new while retaining their familiarity, and subtly shifting their meaning. In our Q&A, RYCA answers our burning questions about his new print, his artistic practice, and inspirations.
What was the inspiration behind your new print, Sufuckinpreme - Diamond Dust?
It’s the next in a series of expletives, this one being a take on a great word and iconic logo
What does a typical day look like for you?
The lockdown has been a crazy time, some days I work 8 hours some days none…
Which artists inspire you, or you admire?
Barber Kruger, Shepard fairey, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring… I really love American art I guess.
When did you know you wanted to pursue a life in art?
When I realised I enjoyed it
What is your earliest art memory?
The making of “THRILLER” by Michael Jackson. I watched that over and over and I was obsessed with the prosthetics, make up and special effects.
What did it feel like when you sold your first artwork?
Wow. Mind blowing, still has me feeling kind of strange… Despite selling over 5,000 works now…