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Meet Robin Spehar

Today we’d like to introduce you to Robin Spehar.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t an artist. When I was a little kid growing up in Australia, I was always doodling or whittling wood with a pocket knife. As a young adult in Orange County, I taught myself to sculpt dragons and monsters in jewelers wax or just about anything I could get my hands on (guitar strings, broken glass, masking tape… you name it). Over the years, I’ve been an actor, designer, art director, street performer, photographer, and a handful of other things. From the age of about 21 to present, my only source of income has been through art.

Please tell us about your art.
I love the shape of things. Whether it’s a person, a creature, or an object, I’m drawn to it because of how it is shaped and why. So I sculpt. I work in clay when sculpting traditionally and in ZBrush when sculpting digitally.

Sometimes I rely heavily on observation of reality to bring a sculpture to life and other times I just make stuff up as it seems to make itself up. Often challenging and sometimes infuriating, I love this balance between observation and invention to shape a story in clay.

What do you think about the conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I tend to exist in a bubble so I can only speak to my own experience. With so much talent and amazing work out there nowadays, it’s definitely challenging to get eyeballs on your own work. Meanwhile, there is seemingly unlimited free resources to learn the how, what, and why of any given medium or discipline. Add to that the many ways we can now publish our work online, it seems to me that the only bottleneck that really counts is persistence. My two most important rules for myself are “1) Just Start Sculpting”, and “2) Just Keep Sculpting”.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Instagram @robinspehar

Contact Info:

  • Address: robin@robinspehar.com
  • Website: robinspehar.com
  • Email: robin@robinspehar.com
  • Instagram: @robinspehar


Image Credit:

Headshot: D3 Studio
All other images: Robin Spehar, Gabriella Paredes

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