RICO TWELVTY / INTERVIEW
22 May 2012


Rico's early (and some say best) work were the crayon and biro drawings of pirate ships that he scribbled on the walls of his family home. There were two clear loves in his life; making pictures, and being a practicing pirate. He struggled with competing ambitions for many years before comitting himself to the latter. After studying Illustration at Brighton, Rico moved on to more ambitious painting projects, using brushes and paints, together! His work is built up using seemingly random mark-making and by limiting the focus to 2 or 3 major elements he creates scenes that appear as fragments of a narrative. He mixes highly detailed imagery with stark negative space to effect, treading close to the fine line of complete and in-complete. Rico finds inspiration in found imagery, using his extensive archive of old books and magazines. He also has a healthy interest in the natural world and the human form.

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Describe yourself with 10 words.

Illustrator artist painter man

Describe your work with 10 words

creating scenes that evoke different meanings and narratives. I think.

Who´s the first artist/photographer that comes to your mind first?

Phil Hale

Tell us a little bit about yourself, where do you come from and where is your journey going to?

I was born into a very artistic family, so in a way there was only one way to go. I studied illustration at Brighton but I've been mainly painting ever since. So far I'm happy enough with what i'm doing, but we'll see what happens in the future. I obviously want to improve and progress as an artist.

How would you describe your style?

A balance between abstract and realism. I also want to show the progression by building the painting up in layers.

Your house is on fire, what do you save?

I should probably say my girlfriend....yeah my girlfriend. Or a sandwich.

Something you want the world to know about you?

When I was 6 I stole a Double Decker (chocolate bar, not a bus) and ate it my sisters room. It tasted of guilt.

Tell us a song that has haunted you.

Jonny cash cover of Bonnie 'price' Billy 'I see a darkness'

What keeps you motivated and inspires you go to on every day?

To be the best I can be or something shit like that. Follow your dreams be your own hero!

What did you want to be when you were 13?

14.

How have you handled the business side of being an artist?

With difficulty, I hate doing the numbers and the paperwork.

What can we accept from you in 2012, any concrete plans?

More of the same but better, hopefully.

italian or chinese?

Italian every time,  except for on Chinese night













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