ROBERT PROCH

ROBERT PROCH
interview – liz rice mccray

Robert Proch is a painter, muralist and animator living and working in Poznan, Poland. Proch was educated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland. Make sure to check out more of his artwork at www.prochrobert.com. Many thanks to Robert for taking the time to answer our questions.

Your art is very stylized, how would you describe your style?
I always loved dynamic and complex pictures. In every piece I have tendency to analyze movement and perspective views. Generally I’m always trying to merge figurative and abstract elements. Human figure always takes the first place in my narratives. During the years I’ve been changing my style from more academic and anatomy analysis back to pure kinetic compositions. And it’s still changing from time to time. Generally my goal is catching the movement and freezing it in dynamic compositions, which always have some small narrative aspect. For many years I’ve been working with animated films and this discipline has seriously infected my painting.

Will you talk about your early beginnings as an artist? 
Like in most of the cases it came in childhood. I think it got me more obsessed when I was around 8-9 years old. Drawing and painting was always an easy and nice thing to do. It started with tons of papers covered with childish doodles. When I was 10 my parents brought me to the first drawing and painting classes. I started to practice different techniques and motives. These classes introduced me to analyze the objects from still life and so on. In the early years I was also making lots of copies from comics, photographs and manga productions. Then, in 2002 the graffiti period started. Designing the letter styles was serious introduction to abstract composing. During the years, I started to work more and more with imagined pictures. Year after year, the technique came itself.

Please tell us about your hometown, Bydgoszcz in Poland, and the marks it has left you with. What were its best and worst? 
Bydgoszcz is quite small, boring, post-industrial city. Actually, there’s nothing inspirational over there. Of course I still keep many sentimental memories, old friendships and so on. I was attending artistic high school there, which was really heavy training of art in the years 2000-2005. The best memory from my painting past is that I was the first putting graffiti over there. I also made my first large-scale murals. In 2005 I left Bydgoszcz and moved to twice bigger city of Poznań, where I took my studies on Academy of Fine Arts. I still live here today. Now Bydgoszcz is just a place where I’m coming to visit family and friends. Worst thing is that time has stopped there, especially in my old neighborhood.

Kind of cliché artist interview question here, but where do you draw inspiration from?
Generally people and all their psychological problems are my main point of interest. Also the cityscapes, I just love to turn the urban structures into abstract interpretations. So yeah, people and the city. I also take much inspiration from other artists. Now the Instagram gives us the chance to see the process and the studio of many great players. It doesn’t mean that I copy them. The mechanism works rather this way, “Wow, he/she made it so great! I have to do something better by myself!”

What materials do you work with in your outdoor and studio practice?
Nothing spectacular. I work only with acrylic paints. Just the tiny difference is that outdoor I’m using the facade paint, different brush sizes and paper tape to lead the straight lines. I used to work a lot with spray paint in the past years but at some point it just occurred to have many limits. Spray paint has solid, graphic line and covers kind a flat. In the opposition, brush is way more complicated. By one touch you can mix a few colors at the same time, use different amount of water. This brings more results with touching the wall or canvas. And way more often it makes you play with an accident. As it comes to concept process, I never use photos. It’s always based on simple composition sketches and all the details are imagined. I just got tired with making copies of the objects. It’s much more fun to create the motive out of nothing.

What’s your biggest accomplishment as of now, what are you most proud of? And don’t feel shy, please brag about something.
It’s hard to pick the concrete piece; I produce pictures all the time, almost every day. Surely there are the paintings I like more and other less. Generally my biggest accomplishment is that I’m fully dedicated to my artwork and it pays my bills. Seriously, for many, many years, I didn’t expect that this could be my daily job. Now I just keep receiving invitations to different projects and exhibitions. Things are rolling really well. I support my family with the most incredible job I could imagine. And I don’t have a f*cking boss. So yeah, being independent is the thing I’m mostly proud of.

That is a giant accomplishment, where can our reader check out more of your art?
I just have a three public channels, my website (www.prochrobert.com), Facebook (robert proch) and my Instagram account (@prochrobert). I think it’s enough.

Very last question, any last words for our readers, shout-outs, declaration of love or hate.
Just do what you love to do and don’t copy anyone.

Good answer, thank you again!