Bizzie Bee's Artist Interview: Rick Lo


Hello Bizzie Bees,

Our spring artist interview is with Rick Lo of RICKUBIC. You might have seen his work around recently as he did four illustrations for Greenpeace Hong Kong about microplastics.

These two drawings are my favourite and what caught my eye when I met Rick at SummerFest last year at the Central harbourfront. Read on to find out more about him and his whimsically detailed drawings.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm always thinking of something.

How did you start making art/start your creative journey?

I made art for myself rather than working for clients.

Why do you make art?

It's fun!

What is your workspace like?

Clean...any clean table will do.

What is your favourite art form?

Art collaborations and engineering.

What inspires you and how do you keep your creative spark?

Everything around me and being observant of things.

Was there an artist you admired when you were young that inspired you to be an artist yourself?

Pablo Picasso

What role does the artist have in society?

Artists are like mirrors, reflecting back onto society.

What are you working on right now?

Illusion drawings

What's your favourite place to see art?

I like to see art in churches and temples.

What's the last show that you saw?

I went to Art Basel.

What is your favourite museum?

The Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.

What's your favourite art work?

The Mona Lisa.

What are you reading right now?

挪威人教我 比競爭力更重要的事 (Experiences from Norway, a New Philosophy of Life)

What do you collect? Beautiful small cards.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you.

Walking under heavy rain.

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

I've also been a teacher.

Name something you love, and tell us why.

Flying up in the air, it gives me a sense of freedom.

What's the best piece of advice you've been given?

It was many years ago about typography design. I was told that good typography simply delivers the message with a specific emotion. The typography itself is invisible and not noticed.

What advice do you have?

Things that don't kill you, make you stronger.

What is your dream project if there were no restrictions on time or money? What would you create?

A big gigantic drawing piece.

See more of Rick's work on his website: www.rickubic.com

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