AN INTERVIEW:  IAN YALLOP

Q ...

Life as a professional artist is not one for the faint hearted.  What prompted you to embark on this journey?  

A ...

"When I grew up, I always knew I wanted to be a artist, it was like a gift bestowed on me.. I guess I was born with a talent."

Q ...

Most of your works feature African wildlife scenes.  Tell us why this particular subject means so much to you?

A ...

"Paul Bosman was a huge influence on my work, and I always wanted to be like him, animals inspire me, like a voice, if you like..."

Q ...

Tell us about your experience as your create - for example, the highs you feel when things magically come together, or the lows when nothing you do seems right. 

A ...

"When I start a painting I first create the scene using washes, inks, coffee, and water.  At that stage I have "uncontrolled" paint - like it has the first say.  Then I take control and let the painting tell me what to do next."

Q ...

Specifically in terms of your creative career, what would be a dream come true?

A ...

"I have always wanted to live off my work, and in 5 years time I want to be comfortable enough to sustain my living.

I want people to love my work."

Q ...

Art aside - share with us what topic you feel strongly about, which either brings you great joy or brings you to tears

A ...

"I love cooking and tattooing.

As a qualified French chef, I live for food, and the use of all the senses we use when we eat."

Q ...

As a musician, what is your forte?

and... what music do you listen to when chilling and also when working?

A ...

"I enjoy jazz, and blues.  I really like blues, a lot.  As a musician I play piano and guitar.

I love Estas Tonne to listen to when I work.  He plays classical guitar.  When I was younger I enjoyed Edith Piaff, in fact I still do.  I just enjoy real music.

Those hidden gems that are out there play a huge part of my life."

Q ...

What is the most memorable experience you've had in your art career thus far?

A ...

"When I was working for Richard Branson, who happens to be an amazing down-to-earth" guy, I gave a friend one of my elephant paintings as a thank you gift. 

Richard saw the painting and offered Karl, my friend, USD100K for the painting.  Karl obviously refused and that became a standing joke among us.  Richard did go on to purchase several of my other pieces.                          

Q ...

Ian, you worked for Richard Branson

as his personal chef for several years.  What are your thoughts about his recent adventure into "space"?

A ...

"At the time I was working for him, Richard actually offered two friends of mine the opportunity to go with him into space.  I was excited for them, because they were. 

 

I just think it's just a publicity ploy, ... always needing to be the first.. all of this is really not my thing.

 

I'm quite happy with my feet on the ground."