In the undulating Yorkshire countryside you will find an artist who goes by the name of Gypsy Rich. His work is an old school style which leaps out at you with the bold colours and eye-catching imagery. A lot of his current work is predominantly used for advertising. The eye-catching designs work perfectly for grabbing customers’ attentions. One such example, seen below, is a monkey spreading his cheeks, which makes for a perfect tip collector! Apparently, the novelty of shoving tips in a monkey’s butt is so popular that one customer made his money back within a few weeks!
Gypsy Rich has been creative since an early age. Spurred on by his Aunt, his artistic talents were always strongly encouraged. Strangely, he always preferred black and white media such as pencil drawings and lino prints, a stark contrast to his current work!
His career path has always involved creativity. His first job, which his mother found for him, was being a hairdresser. However, this was soon ruined by a concert featuring The Clash in Torquay during the 70’s. The punk ethics became a huge influence for Rich and his lifestyle started to revolve around it. Needless to say, the hairdressing career swiftly ended! Instead, Rich got into the scooter scene and gave up planning, preferring to be a free spirit. Through the 80’s and 90’s Rich filled numerous roles and lived a transient lifestyle. At one point he was homeless for 8 months, but during that time continued to work.
When he was 38 years old he moved into a student house in Hull, and took a course in Spatial Design followed by a 3-year course in Museum and Exhibition Design. The combination of Rich’s previous work and experience meant that the courses just clicked for him. He came out top of his class and landed a job working for a top design company in London.
After a year or so of working in London, Rich fulfilled a long term dream and bought a new motorbike. He travelled through France and Spain and, when the time came to return to the office, he kept on riding… Rich met up with fellow bikers, gangs and clubs who all offered hospitality to their fellow biker, although mocking his Suzuki Marauder! Rich went back to a life on the road, living out of vans and taking work as it came.
Rich has now settled into a house that overlooks the rolling fields of Yorkshire. He works from home creating his bold wacky pieces that are full of imagination. Close inspection of the work shows a vast array of colours within the blocks of paint, nearly every colour is mixed to give a truly unique finish to the final piece. Gypsy Rich is also a fan of all things vintage, and he uses a lot of his finds as canvases making for even more intriguing pieces of work.
His work is well recognised within the tattoo industry, so much so that he has been made an honorary member of the Needle Gangsta’s, one of a handful to be made a member who does not actually tattoo!
If you have an idea or if you are just interested in seeing more of his fantastic work, then get in touch with him through his Facebook page here!