Six Questions: Richard Marchand

Surrealism is probably my chief motivation, Max Ernst, Dali and company, also Beksinski, Giger, Siudmak etc. Largely I am attracted to their manipulation of the human figure in particular as it relates to textural surfaces. I love the fantastic and in particular that which expresses the beauty and fascination with the unknown and bizarre.

I also have an affinity for some scifi art as well, in particular John Berkey (again for the amazing surfaces) and John Harris, both for sheer scale and that sense of awe. Others of note are Klimt, Dave McKean, Lebbeus Woods.

3) Where are your ideas coming from? Does your work reflect your own erotic fantasies & desires?
My ideas come pretty much on the fly as I sit down to make them and on occasion from simple daydreaming. The digital medium is so malleable that for the most part it is easy to just wing it and this is what I prefer to do. I find that coming up with an image in your head and then reproducing it to be a bit redundant. When I do have premeditated ideas, they are largely to do with the process or tools. As for eroticism, I suppose from a Freudian perspective it does play a part in my work as in that context it would be impossible not to. So it would probably be more of an abstract/symbolic sense than anything I am consciously aware of. I don’t find them directly erotic at all, perhaps sensual.

4) What you biggest artistic frustration? Or main struggle in your creation process?
I would love to have more time to be in the creative process.

5) Is it easy to find places to display your work? ( galleries, museums or shows )
I look at galleries from a business perspective and once that side of the equation makes more sense for me I will most certainly pursue it. For now, my site gets way more visitors than I ever imagined it would so I definitely feel I am reaching people, which is fantastic.

His final thoughts: To be at this point in history is a true gift, do not waste it!

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