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Artist Interviews

Rob Judges


An interview with Rob Judges, the first painter to work with Wrappr and the creator of the Juxtapose print from our Summer 2021 Collection.
Rob Judges

Artist Interviews

Rob Judges


An interview with Rob Judges, the first painter to work with Wrappr and the creator of the Juxtapose print from our Summer 2021 Collection.

Rob Judges

Wrappr: Have you always wanted to be an artist?

Rob: Yes, I have.  The first thing I ever wanted to be was a comic book artist

W: Tell us a bit about your background, and how you got to where you are now

R: I learned to draw by imitating comic book artists when I was a kid. I then learned to paint by trying to "paint" the way comics looked, only, I kept taking it further until my art became its own thing. Then I moved to Tokyo for fifteen years to soak up as much inspiration as I could and build my art practice in Japan. In 2018 I brought it home to Toronto where I'm currently painting.

W: What type of work do you do for your clients?

R: I beautify their spaces with my artwork and enrich their collections. People who ask for my work usually have some sort of idea or element they want to see incorporated into a beautiful, one-of-a-kind painting or drawing.

W: What type of work do you do for your own enjoyment?

R: For my own enjoyment I create little collages for my close friends, and I make them mix-cds of music I think they need to hear. I also like doodling for enjoyment or doing a little street art.

W: What work of yours would you like to be remembered for? Or is it something you are working on?

R: I wouldn't mind being remembered for my paintings. I'd love to see one be acquired by a Canadian museum.

W: What is your creative process?

R: Visions, language and rhythms in my head gestate a while then need to get out and be brought to life. This often starts with me drawing the thing over and over again, and then I paint the best one. Sometimes I will skip the drawing art and get right into the painting.

Rob Judges in his studio

W: What are you planning to create next?

R: A massive, colourful scene of a big street party with all kinds of people in it, each being free and doing their thing.

W: That sounds amazing! What is your biggest indulgence?

R: I can't stop listening to music. I get deeply into it.

W: Where do you find inspiration?

R: Museums and art galleries, mostly. Foreign lands, too.

W: How do you feel about being involved with Wrappr?

R: I'm super excited to create a furoshiki with Wrappr which I can add to my own little collection of beautiful ones I got in Japan over the years, or use to dress up some of these mix-cds I make my friends! In fact, it never occurred to me that a furoshiki could have my art on it, so I'm really happy.

W: What are your thoughts on the climate crisis, zero-waste products, things you’re doing to be environmentally friendly, etc.

R: Being environmentally-conscious is inseparable from my life. I hate waste so much I have learned new techniques just to reduce wasted paint in my process. I'm also done with plastic.

 

Artist Rob Judges in his studio

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