All Public Art Featured Artist: Jean Rooble
By: Dianne Fabio
All the way from Bordeaux, France, our next featured artist is sure here not just to impress you with his talent in visual artst, but he'll also wow you when it comes to his principles in life as an artist. He has been spray painting walls since 1999, so you can just imagine how skilled he is by now from working on his art. We were grateful that he was able to share us how he started as an artist and we are hoping that all of you will be inspired by his story as well.
Without further introduction, we give you the talented Jean Rooble.
An Interview With Jean Rooble
APA: What is the root/birth/foundation of your creativity… how did you get started?
Romain: I started thanks to my mother’s gift. I have been drawing since my childhood… For myself, creating stories and characters or copying cartoons and comics. Around 15 yo I discovered graffiti and my eyes opened on something so exciting and underground. I spray painted for the first time around 1998/99, letters first, and after years I just came back to the thing I have always done- drawing characters.
APA: What do you want people to obtain when they look at your work?
Romain: I want them to feel something… A bad or a good feeling, I don’t care. To be surprised, hangry, disgusted, impressed, sad… But I just HATE when someone tell me "Oh, that’s nice". Yes, I paint pretty things, faces, people can understand what they see, but there’s still a story behind. Someone is painted. Faces, eyes, mouths (…) are always saying something…
APA: What is one mistake every artist should avoid?
Romain: To be impatient. Good things will come to every good artist working hard, but for most of us, it’s a long way to succeed. Or not.
APA: What artists influence your work most?
Romain: I’m following a lot of talented artists but I really try not to copy… So I can’t say that I’m influenced, ‘cause I really try not to be. But I really like the work of Klimt, Ingres, Landroïd, Sebas Velasco, Axel Void, Aryz, Bom-K, Vilx, Audrey Kawasaki, Boazides Untay, Retro, Etam Cru, Alex MAC, Andrew Hem, Brusk, Dran, Geb, 100Tor, Ozabu, Filippo Mozone, Juan Francisco Casas, Kim Jung Gi, El Mac, Os Gemeos, Inti, Blu, Sore2, HRBV, Drew Merritt.
And so much more! My friend Odeg, Gaspar, Trakt, Scaner, Zoer & Velvet, Sofles, Aches, Suiko, SatOne, le GF crew, Saïr & Repaze, Gris, Cola, Kemr, Wafwaf & Miaous.
APA: What most often inspires your work?
Romain: People around me- friends, family, people I meet during a journey, a festival, at work. They’re
my main source of inspiration. But I want my portraits to be in touch with a situation. So I’m also
very influenced by the political or social fights and I really want to push my work in those
APA: What is the most challenging part about being an artist?
Romain: That’s a great way of living… I’m so lucky and I try to never forget it. But for me, the most difficult is to continue to be creative, to not repeat well-known processes and to be productive. Forget about self-satisfaction.
APA: What is the best part about creating art?
Romain: Freedom first! You can do whatever you want, when you want, an almost everywhere you want!
(I know, life ain’t that easy) But you are you’re only master. Then, meeting people, sharing, always be surprised by the creativity and the ideas of the other artists.
APA: What do you wish you knew about the art business before you got started?
Romain: You don’t just need to be gifted to sell your art.
APA: What is your creative process like?
Romain: I think about something to paint. A concept, an image a composition. Then I try to reproduce what’s in my mind taking pictures, sometimes drawing, sometimes both. The hardest part is to find the good model. And to make the shooting. That’s a really difficult job!
I usually work my image on Photoshop, then I print it. Finally, I start directly on the wall (with spray paint only, no projection, no stencil!) or I have to prepare my medium if it’s a canvas. I mostly paint on wood, so I have a important work to do with tools before paintings. That’s the way I work when i create an installation to.
APA: Would you rather create 1000 average pieces that all become a great body of work or 1 amazing groundbreaking masterpiece? Why?
Romain: Good question. I would prefer to create 1000 amazing groundbreaking masterpieces!! I don’t think I can create something that I can call “THE masterpiece” And after?? Over? No Way! Seriously, I’m always unsatisfied and I truly believe the best work will be the next. So I’ll create 1000 pieces I’ll consider as average and my best will be the last one! I hope so!
Follow Jean Rooble on all of his social media accounts linked below. You can also visit his website www.jeanrooble.fr for more information about his latest works.
● Facebook: Onerooble
● Instagram: @jeanrooble