Beautiful Bloom. An Interview with Ryan Courtier

Ryan Courtier is a very talented artist whose work inspires and charms you the moment you see it. The depth of Ryan’s work really amazes me. The very first time I saw it, I thought “Oh, I want to live in these collages”!

There is nothing more aesthetically pleasing than nature in all its beauty and utter perfection

Tell us a little bit about yourself and your artistic background?

I decided I loved art and wanted to be an Artist at the age of 5! I remember playing with play-doh and painting in primary school and it was something that felt natural to me. I studied Art and Design at College level which was a multi-disciplinary study across the arts and it was there that I discovered my real love and passion for Fine Art (in particular collage and abstract painting) … It was at this point when I decided to study Fine Art at the University of Wales in Swansea graduating with 1st class (Hons) in 2015. 

Beautiful Bloom by Ryan Courtier

Your work includes a lot of flowers, why? And when did you understand that this is something you want to include in your work?

There is nothing more aesthetically pleasing than nature in all its beauty and utter perfection and that’s what attracted me to flowers, leaves, and trees! I use a lot of flowers in my work for the versatility of their shapes and the incredible beauty of their natural being. I first used flowers in my collages when I was 19 and I remember walking in the Brecon Beacons on Uni trips and seeing flowers and leaves outside and thinking that I want to replicate them visually in my collages.

Life goes on by Ryan Courtier

What is your creative process and where do you find inspiration?

My creative process is as simple as using a pair of scissors and cutting out things from old books and magazines and sticking them down.

My inspiration derives mostly from time spent in nature observing the trees and the birds and the movement in the sky and everything else. Music really makes me want to create… I like jazz, funk, and soul. Travelling provides me with a sense of movement and I find it so visually stimulating and even better when people tell me their stories to go with a place and time! Looking through books at random images and sometimes particular images will catch my eye and I think… “Hmmm, I love that! I want to put it down on paper”.

How long does it take you to create a collage and what software do you usually use?

It really depends on the intricacy and the size of the collage. Sometimes one hour… And sometimes it will take the best part of the day! I use no digital software… Just old books cut out and stuck down and then I photograph them. 

sometimes particular images will catch my eye and I think… “Hmmm, I love that! I want to put it down on paper”

Do you think it is important for an artist to have a sacred space where they create? And do you have such space?

I think it’s important for an artist to find spaces they feel spiritually comfortable. I can only speak for myself when I say that for me, I can feel creative and the ability to make art in many places and spaces and I think each different space has its own vibes and it’s a unique feeling that translates into the visuals I’m creating at the time. I have my studio which is pretty cozy in size! But I am very lucky that It is surrounded by nature and open fields. Light is crucial for me.

Nature is my king by Ryan Courtier

What is the goal of an artist, in your opinion?

I think that’s a subjective question. I think that one of the main things that all artists have in common however is the ability to interpret things we experience in life and through our art provide the world with different perspectives on those things.

Artist's individual goals and gains are a personal thing.

What advice would you give to people who are at the beginning of their creative path?

Experiment!!! In everything and every creative way. Have fun!

I remember the fun I had in Art Education and learning which creative direction I wanted to take. Don’t be afraid of making something bad! Ask any artist and I’m sure they’ll agree with me that no art that is made is bad art. Read lots and go to exhibitions and art nights! There is nothing better than a conversation with loads of really cool artists and just hanging out and learning from each other.

Funky Dream by Ryan Courtier

Follow Ryan on Instagram @ryancourtier_artist

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