We have the pleasure of introducing you to RC Raynor, a self-taught American artist. Personal experiences meet metaphorical imagery and symbols, while anger, joy, terror, and bliss are themes that flow through RC’s paintings.
With a style reminiscent of Basquiat, there is a child-like angst juxtaposed with divine truths in the bold colours of RC's work. He is not a believer in forcing any intellectual or design consistency. Instead RC believes the most transformative art is made from beyond the intellect.
When did you know you were an artist?
When I was about 4 I started obsessively drawing, then later I started playing guitar. Creating was an outlet for the chaos I was in.
Tell us more about your work. What inspires you?
I'm interested in what Jung called the 'shadow'. I'm inspired by simplicity, rawness, and honest expression. I enjoy art that makes me feel something not just visually but hits me deeper.
What is your artistic process?
It starts with a thought, feeling, or a memory, something just below the surface, I start bringing it out and let it take shape, I try to stay out of the way and let it happen.
What do you want to accomplish with your work? How are you doing this?
I want to continue creating from an honest place.
I made a decision in the past that I didn't become a painter to just paint pretty pictures or create another 'abstract painting'. I decided I was painting for me, as a way to express things that are somewhere between poetry and experience. It's something I feel I need to do.
When my work connects with someone I feel I've communicated what I wanted to.
I rarely reflect back on my work, once a piece is done it goes out into the world and has a life of its own.
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
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