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Ry Beloin Interview
La Playa Gallery: Hi! Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. Can you tell us your name, where you live and a little bit about your past?
Ry Beloin: I’m Ry. I live in Golden Hill. How much is a ‘bit?’ I once had an argument with my father about what soap is.
LPG: I bet you won that one. Can you give us a brief overview of the work you create?
RB: I’m a figurative artist. My favorite mediums are basically all mud: oils, clay, and charcoal.
LPG: How and when did you get started?
RB: I finished my degree in Fine Art in 2012.
LPG: That’s great you have been working steadily since you graduated. What motivates you to create new work?
RB: Obsession, mostly.
LPG: I think most artists have a little of that. Is there a specific series you are currently creating and what is the inspiration behind it?
RB: I’m working on some sculptures that are sort of poking fun at Man’s relationship to nature and other animals. I’m also still trying to figure out a series of images that have been on my mind for years, paintings from autopsy photos.
LPG: What is the most indispensable item in your studio?
RB: Me, I hope! Just kidding, it’s the trashcan. I need it for every project.
LPG: I hope you aren’t throwing out your work! Do you have a routine you follow for creating or only work when inspiration hits?
RB: Both. I have something of a routine but I’ve learned to be gentle with myself when the work just isn’t coming. I make sure to leave room in my life for working and for resting.
LPG: Do you collect anything and does it influence your work?
RB: I collect lots of things: books, teabags, animal bones and anything shiny I find on the street.
LPG: Shiny things are good, especially when it’s money! What artist or artists have influenced you the most?
RB: My ‘artistic lineage’ includes Rodin and Thiebaud, meaning that my instruction can be traced back to them through generations of teaching. Sorolla is my celebrity crush.
LPG: Sorolla is indeed amazing. Support for each other is so important. Locally, what artist excites you the most?
RB: Off the top of my head, Barbara Postelnek’s work is so intelligent and informed. I love Chantal Wnuk’s emotive paintings.
LPG: Well, thank you for letting us into your creative world. It's been a pleasure and we are really looking forward to featuring your work at La Playa Gallery!