Author: Jenny Shepherd

Richard Welland from R-W Studio discusses his Voodoo series

Voodoo - Gold & Silver are two silkscreen prints by contemporary art studio R-W Studio. Printed onto 310gsm South Bank Coarse paper, the prints are from limited editions of 10 and are signed and numbered by the artist.

R-W Studio is a British art direction studio, established by Richard Welland. With over 20 years experience working in music and image making, the creative director collaborates with a wide range of clients and artists — from intimate bespoke projects to large-scale, major campaigns with an attention to detail throughout, tailoring each brief to its client focusing on the process and end result with a passion of the craft involved.

R-W Studio has worked and collaborated with a diverse range of clients and acts from Royal Blood and Bat For Lashes from Lily Allen to Biffy Clyro and most recently working alongside Liam Gallagher on both his albums. Being interested in all forms of art, particularly pop art and his love for music and design combined, he hopes to give his work a slight nod to these references to create simple but bold pieces of art.

Here, Richard speaks to artrepublic about his prints Voodoo- Gold & Silver, his inspirations, and life as an artist.

 Richard Welland from R-W Studio discusses his Voodoo series | Image

 

What were your inspirations behind the Voodoo series?

I liked the idea that although the plectrum felt like such a small, inanimate object, it could still instantly transport you to a chosen moment and synonymous time in music history.



Which artists inspire you and your practice?

It’s obviously all very subjective but feel it's always important to respect all forms of art and imagery and understand why someone has tuned into his / her style; having a father who was into Floyd and Hendrix and the like, albums were always lying around the house so was always going to be an influence with the imagery and music; to me as a kid, it sucked you into this ‘other world’. The pop art movement shifted things enormously with Warhol, Lichtenstein and Rothko giving alternative ways of looking at how things were approached and put into effect so they had a big influence.



What does a typical day look like for you?

Check emails, write a plan or checklist and make sure to complete at least 3 out 5 of them and be prepared to work late!



When did you know you wanted to pursue a life in art?

I’ve always had an interest in different kinds of imagery and intrigued by the idea that it all starts from a blank page or canvas; music has always been there too with far too many influences to mention, and to me, they go hand in hand, so both heavily helped me into going down a certain path.

 

Richard Welland from R-W Studio discusses his Voodoo series | Image

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