Roy’s People is an urban artist combining miniature figures, photography and the streets to create a world beneath our feet.
Having started 3 years ago with just installations, Roy took to the dirty streets of London to photograph and capture his work permanently.
Each figure is carefully adapted from it’s original form, allowing Roy to create anything he desires. The little people are then taken to the streets to get the perfect vibe for us all to enjoy.
What made you become an artist? Could you tell me more about your background?
I became an artist by accident. When I first was given a couple of little figures, I was taking photos of them on my phone. Then I thought I would make a little installation and sell it on Ebay. My enthusiasm of doing this as a hobby had far exceeded my enthusiasm for the crap job I had. So I kept making, and kept selling, it just grew in to this hobby I started doing full time.
Basic question, but how did you choose your name?
I wanted to use my first name ‘Roy’ but didn’t want to use my surname. I was sitting in front of my laptop on Facebook setting up a page. The first thing you have to do is have a name for your page. Instantly ‘Roy’s People’ popped in to my head. I liked the idea that the ‘People’ part brought in the connection of the little people to me, and that these are my guys, and this is their life.
Could you tell us about your technique and the type of work you create?
I take standard model figures, then customize them to be able to create any position of figure that I need. This often means cutting arms, legs, heads… off, adding pieces of clothing, rejoining body parts, then sculpting and painting them. Then I will take them to the street and usually walk around for hours, days, to find the perfect location to photograph them.
How would you describe your work today?
I would say it is a mixture of subject I am personally in to, subjects that are happening in the real world, and also using current trends to create things that people will like. It’s also great to be able to create works that I believe, and are to my humor.
What influenced you artistically?
Street art. Having been a fan of the movement, then becoming friends with artists, it gave me the drive to do this for myself.
When you are visiting a new city, how do you choose the spot where you’ll take a picture of your work?
When I visit a new city, I am always looking for the backgrounds to my images. Are there any major structures that can be used that people would recognize. Also I have to be careful, if I am taking pictures in busy areas, I always have to try and make sure no one will step on the figures and ruin the whole piece.
You work mostly at night as you prefer to keep your identity low key, we can imagine sometimes this wasn’t an easy task. Any funny stories you want to share with us?
My work can be done any time of the day. But I was once taking a photo outside the American Embassy, when 4 policemen with guns came up to me (I was laying on the floor taking photos) to see what I was up to. They checked everything I had on me, did an ID check etc, but it was fine. In the end I picked up a couple of new fans, which was sweet.
Why did you choose to work with StreetArtAndGraffiti.com?
It’s exactly the kind of street art that got me in to this. So it’s now good to support such galleries.
Any exciting projects coming up?
Yes, over the next 2 years I am travelling the world, literally. I leave on December 14th 2015 and have no date of coming back yet. All of my work is going with me, and I will be creating new works every place I go to.