Artist Interview: Roy Utley

Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
My name is Roy Utley and I have been a creative most of my life and have been making art since 2009. In that time I have been in over 130 shows. I’ve also curated shows and have served on the boards of several arts organizations.

What medium(s) do you work in & why?
Film, sound, stencils, fiberglass, wood, metal, paint, music, poetry and sometimes smoke and mirrors! I work in as many as I can, so I can continue to learn the art of art.

What is your creative process like?
I discover something that I think is cool, moves me or that I feel needs to be said and I find a way to express it.

What is the best art-related advice you’ve received?
Enjoy what you do and do it from your heart.

What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
Trying to be a full-time artist with a full-time job and knowing that I have only a limited time to leave my mark.

Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece:

"The Art of Peace" by Roy Utley

“The Art of Peace” by Roy Utley

In the 2012 Artomatic I had a large room on the 1st floor and filled it with everything from rockets, manikins, paintings, large fractal based murals I did with Sharpies and wheat-pasted photos and images. It was a collection of ideas and concepts that I had been working on for years. The centerpiece of my exhibit is my piece “The Art of Peace” which is the distillate of that room. It is a digital logic map that leads to peace and happiness.

What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far?
The four parts of Artomatic that I love are: 1) It is open to all artists to experiment and do whatever they want. 2) The passion and camaraderie that fills the gallery during installation when so many diverse artists come together to expose their art to the world. 3) Making new friends and helping out when I can. 4) When people see my work and get it. Which includes some wonderful and amazing things that people write in my guest book.

What is your website (or other method of contact):

You can see more of Roy’s work on display at Artomatic 2015 on the second floor, space 3-017.