Romain! Your paintings are gaining a lot of attention on Instagram at the moment. I love them for their free and playful energy. Tell me more...
I’m currently working on various paintings, among some other things, that I will present for my Degree Show in June at the fine art academy of Lyon. It’s quite paradoxical that you speak about something really free when I always give myself rules, mechanics, some protocols to start painting but at one point come back to realise that I am still in control of the painting and start playing to destroy or break each protocol that I started. The paintings arrive then as a result of these permanent negotiations between the initial protocol and the accidents due to painting in itself.
If at all, how does the environment that you live in inspire your work?
I walk every day, and try to catch visual elements to bring into my paintings. I am very focused on shapes that are going to be erased, thrown away, things that are ephemeral but also accidental. So, in between every painting session, there is a lot of observing, collecting shapes in order to give them back later in my paintings. Art school gives me space and time to paint and daily interlocutors to speak with.
What’s your favourite thing about painting?
I think that I’m always excited to work with colours and to see how I change my mind a lot, and by that cannot really know how the painting will look like at the end, even if something is planned in advance.
In regard to producing art, what’s the most memorable piece of advice that has been given to you?
Take time to look at the work.
Follow Romain at @romain.blanck