Q & A with Robin Collyer (April 2, 2007)

1. When and where were you born?

March 07, 1949, London, England.

2. Do you have brothers and sisters?

2 younger brothers.

3. Did you like them when you were growing up?

They were my brothers and I was preoccupied with my own activities.

4. Was anyone in your family an artist?

No.

5. What were your favourite things to do when you were a child?

I enjoyed making things and fixing things. I liked mechanical objects. I helped my father fix his car and I raced go- karts competitively during my teen years.

6. Did you have any jobs you had to do at home for your parents?

No.

7. What were your favourite classes at school?

I had no favourites.

8. Favourite sports?

I didn’t play sports.

9. Did you draw or paint as a child?

I did drawings of jet planes and cars.

10. Did people think you would grow-up to be an artist while you were in school?

No.

11. When did you decide to be an artist?

Second year of art college.

12. Why did you decide to become an artist?

The lack of parameters.

13. Did you go to art school?

18 months at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto.

14. Who is your favourite artist

Andy Warhol.

15. What is the best thing about being an artist

The freedom to follow your interests.

16. What is the worst thing about being an artist?

The lack of predictability when it comes to income.

17. If you could be anything else in the world, what would you be?

President of the United States