Ron Klotchman’s art is a direct reflection of his fascination with the human condition. His abstract figures are deliberately so, representing every man and every woman. Each piece displays a solitary figure or a couple standing in love, conflict or defiance.
My work is raw and real. It comes straight from the heart in cathartic bursts.
Tell us about your journey to becoming a full-time artist.
I’ve had a life-long interest in performance art. I’m a self-taught artist by any definition, having picked up a paintbrush, a guitar and taken to the stage armed only with innate talent and creative instinct. When I was a teenager, I gravitated toward the stage, and I was accepted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles.
As with many an artistic soul, practicality soon won out over lofty visions of fame and fortune, and I joined corporate America. For years, my artistic yearnings were subjugated by a “traditional” career. In 2006, everything changed: I picked up a paintbrush for the first time in my life. Within a year’s time, I’d already begun selling my work. My successes gave me the impetus to commit to being a full-time, professional artist.
What’s in your head as you are beginning a piece?
The palette and composition for all of my paintings springs directly from my imagination. I work spontaneously and intuitively, with a painterly style. I have always gravitated toward vibrant colors and robust textures. I want those who see my art to have a significant emotional reaction… the kind that you can’t get from a smooth canvas covered in muted or pastel tones.
What have you learned throughout your painting career?
When someone looks back at my early works, they are amazed at how quickly and often dramatically my paintings have evolved in a short period of time. Searching for what I wanted my art to communicate was a process of trial and error. As a self-taught artist, there was no “rulebook” to follow, no blueprint to guide me on my journey. In the last couple of years, I have finally embraced my passion to explore the human condition. Every piece has a narrative. Light and shadow, color, texture… I use all of these variables to create the story of a compelling interaction between people!
What should people know about your art that they might not be able to tell from looking at it?
My creative process is just that: creative! You will never find me planning a piece for days on end, methodically plotting the course ahead. Good luck finding me staring at a blank canvas for more than a few minutes. I dive right in! My work comes straight from the heart in cathartic bursts. It’s raw and and it’s real; there’s nothing contrived or manufactured. I’m also energized by working alongside other artists – good conversation and good music gets my juices flowing!
Do you have any passions outside of the studio?
The ocean nourishes my soul. I’ve been known to leave a perpetual trail of sand wherever I go! Staring out at the waves is the source of my inspiration. I’m also a student of history… I voraciously devour biographies. It’s no wonder I like to paint about relationships and people! I’m also a guitar player, and music plays an integral part in my life.
A “work in progress” photo taking during his weekly UCLA open studio group.
See more art from Ron Klotchman on UGallery.com.