Richard stone @ Art brussels 2018

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Richard Stone, Pietrasanta, Italy and London, based artist, is set to release new works including an imposing yet beautiful marble figure tutelar, at Art Brussels 50th anniversary art fair, which runs Thursday 19th April – Sunday 22nd April, 2018.

Richard is showing at Art Brussels with Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery alongside Juliette Mahieux Bartoli, Athar Jaber, Ruprecht von Kaufmann and Cristina BanBan. It will be his fourth art fair with the gallery.

See the works at Art Brussels in the PRIME section, booth E-01.

Richard discusses his practice in a recent interview with ArtDependance magazine.

introducing tutelar

In a time of historically significant upheaval, tutelar appears. This statuario marble figure stands life size on its plinth inviting audiences to move around it revealing an ever-changing perspective, there is life in every fold and form.

The word tutelar derives from the Latin tutelarius, meaning of guardianship and protection. Stone elaborates, "tutelar appears, as if from the past, as a king, a queen, a sentinel, an angel, a symbol of resistance, all of these things, yet not quite any of them. tutelar is full of historical as well as popular cultural references, that for me are thrillingly contemporary in this new sculptural form."

tutelar (2018), statuario marble, 95 x 50 x 50cm

the making of the work

Drawing on his experience of working since 2014 in Pietrasanta, Italy and with artigiani who specialise in sourcing and working with the world’s finest statuario marble, Stone first creates clay maquettes which he then works with assistance to translate into and hand finish in marble.

The statuario marble block for tutelar was specifically selected and cut from Mount Altissimo for its beautiful crystalline clarity and areas of natural grain to bring tutelar fully to life.

Pietrasanta, Italy, is the centuries old home of Italian marble carving. It is believed that Michelangelo travelled here from Florence to buy the marble for David.

 

hypnotic, abstract paintings

Stone is also releasing a series of monochromatic and abstract colour paintings which continue his exploration of expressionistic mark making as represented in everywhen (2017, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London), but are larger in size and significantly bolder. "Hypnotic mark-making for me captures rhythm and depth, nature emblems, both English and exotic moving in and out of view, buzzing in places with increasing intensity, so much so that I think they might burst out of the canvas and back into the world itself."

These works together form a significant phase of his multi-disciplinary practice, that for him, in his sense of increasingly uncertain times, evoke what it might feel like "to emerge from the ruins in a light of a new day", as we always have, throughout turmoil and change. For us, they offer a multiverse of his making in which to dive in, or perhaps, just, to be still and linger for a while.

appearing on sky arts

"Hard Beauty", a new film about one of Britain's great unsung artists, Helaine Blumenfeld OBE, airs on April 18, 10pm, Sky Arts.

In 2014, Richard was awarded a scholarship from the Royal Society of Sculptors, to learn bronze casting at the world renowned Fonderia Mariana in Pietrasanta, Italy. During this time he was mentored by Blumenfeld.

Blumenfeld says “Richard's ability to draw deeply from his feelings and thoughts leads to great originality, many of his forms are extremely beautiful, I look forward to seeing some very exciting work from him in the years to come.”

Works made during this residency were exhibited in bronzeYou can also view a brief clip of the film.

Richard says "It was real privilege to have been mentored by Blumenfeld and to be included in this fascinating feature".

About richard stone

Stone is recognised as one of the most talented emerging artists in the UK today[i] and is noted for his proficiency in both sculpture and painting[ii], a rare recognition. Stone is a Fellow and Trustee at the Royal Society of Sculptors and is a recipient of an Arts Council England grant for the Arts. Mentored by Helaine Blumenfeld OBE, during his Brian Mercer Bronze Scholarship, Blumenfeld says: “Richard's ability to draw deeply from his feelings and thoughts leads to great originality, many of his forms are extremely beautiful, I look forward to seeing some very exciting work from him in the years to come.”

Conceptually, Stone’s practice explores notions of statelessness, collapse and transformation. His sculptural works illustrate the continued relevance of classical materials and forms whilst in his paintings, hypnotic mark making captures depth, movement and evocations of nature. His work moves in and out of art historical movements whilst displaying its own unique contemporary viewpoints and eccentricity, resulting in works which are distinctly of his, and, our time.

[i] Richard Stone: A Collision Of Cultural Reference Points Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery http://www.artlyst.com/previews/richard-stone-collision-cultural-reference-points-kristin-hjellegjerde-gallery/

[ii] The Top 9 Art Exhibitions to see in London this week https://fadmagazine.com/2017/10/01/top-9-art-exhibitions-see-week-london-5/#h36GEwRTLjjiWf0U.99