Today we’d like to introduce you to Richard Yozamp.
Hi Richard, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstories with our readers?
Born and raised in Oregon I have been painting on canvas since the age of 14. Getting a BSA degree in business and focused on art from Montana state university I moved to San Diego to pursue my dream of being an artist. After working in a screen-printing shop, I was hired by Shane Bowden as an art apprentice. I learned and painted for four years under Shane and showed work in galleries all around the world. San diego, los angeles, san francisco, new york, toronto, london, tokyo, asaka japan, hong kong and singapore. I moved back to my hometown of bend Oregon and opened my first solo studio. Now after three years I am back in southern California and have opened my new studio to start work on new collections and ideas.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Any artist at first struggles to find their own unique style and voice that can make them stand out from others in their field. I always loved abstract artists from the 1950s and ’60s like Pollock, Rothko, and Josef Albers. So, my first works looked rather similar to those old masters. When I moved to San Diego in 2012, I started doing a lot of silk screen paintings as a ghost painter for my boss Shane Bowden and then making my own silk screens and producing customer art in my studio after hours and on the weekends. These pieces were very similar to Andy Warhol, Banky, and Jean Michel Basquiat. When I moved back to Oregon in 2018, I was somewhat forced to start painting landscapes since there wasn’t much of a market for street, pop art. This is where I started forming my current style. My wife ripped a long floral dress when on vacation. Instead of throwing the dress away I stretched in over a canvas and painting my local ski resort on it “Mt. Bachelor” in Bend Oregon. Ever since then I have been dye fabric and painting landscapes over the top. On my website and social media, you can see the hundreds of different ways I have used this style.
What makes you happy?
Other than art surfing is my other happy place. I have traveled all over the world to surf, but nothing beats surfing the great spots around San Diego.
- $3-5K for Commission work
- $2-3 for Original pieces
- Website: www.richardjamesyozamp.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/yozamp/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yozamp/