Farewell to This Land’s Cheerless Marshes
From the third of a series of contextual essays: Dr Daniel Barnes
'And in a dramatic departure from Stone’s usual landscapes, these new ones are bursting with life: within the apparent abstraction, the figures emerge, densely populating the canvas, bustling for space or attention. Here we find a tonic to the barren moors, heaths and fields of England that makes everywhen something of a menagerie of paintings.'
September - October 2017
Press for everywhen
"Richard Stone is one of the most talented emerging artists working in the UK today." - ArtLyst
"It’s rare talent to find an artist who is equally adept at sculpting and painting, but it’s the beautiful marble sculptures that are our favourites." - Fad Magazine Top 9 Art Exhibitions to see this week
"Kristin Hjellegjerde opens exhibition of new works by British sculptor and painter Richard Stone" - Art Daily
"His new works emphasise colour, mark marking and distribution of paint across the canvas to create a pulsating ‘life force’ that departs from a figurative vision of reality." - Trebuchet Magazine
Nature Morte returns to the Guildhall, London
Returning from its European tour, Nature Morte explores art historical themes through the lens of modern makers. In this interview, Stone discusses his piece when history falls silent the future will fail and his thoughts about the show and its homecoming to London's 800 year old landmark.
Nature Morte is curated by Dr. Michael Petry, Roberto Ekholm, Katty Pearce (Guildhall) is showing until April 2018.
Brand new edition for 2017
dancing on a mountain of forgotten fire
bronze, patina, 15x10x8cm (Ed. 6 +2AP)
Following the success of the bronze shaddeskadwo, with editions in collections in the UK, Germany and the US, a brand new edition for 2017 is now available.
For acquisitions or enquiries: Contact
Elephant Magazine: Top Five Booths at Volta 12
'Volta began in 2005 as a smaller fair that runs at the same time as
Art Basel. The fair has a strong focus on solo exhibitions,
occasionally working thematically also to bring together the work of
Interview | Cuckoo Magazine
'London-based artist Richard Stone works with classical and
contemporary materials and themes. With a poetic alacrity, the art
historical canons of the figure, landscape and nature he
interrogates have become more clearly about working through
representations or aspirations of the past, looking at a resonance
left in fragments, that has become much more present, much more
powerful and indicative of where we actually are.'
'Recent works in particular represent years of thinking and making,
but it’s really now, that they’ve come together as a leap, both of
faith and practice, in the form and mediums that best expresses
them, of which classical materials are part, though not exclusively
of course. I’ve always liked to draw out constellations of meaning
between very different materials and works, It’s an eclectic
approach, but one that has gathered resonance over time.'
Nature Morte: Contemporary Artists Reinvigorate the Still Life
Part I: Hå gamle prestegard, Stavanger, Norway
6 June – 30 August, 2015 | Preview: 6 June, 2 - 5 pm
Museum touring 2015 -18 | Curated by Michael Petry & Eva Watne
Assisting curators: Roberto Ekholm & Ingunn Nord-Varhaug
in the shape of centuries
Recent works by Richard Stone
19 June - 4 July | Preview: 18 June, 6.30 - 8.30pm
'Through both painting and sculpture he explores two conflicting
forces that create a continual tension in the field of art: the
accumulation and endurance of cultural heritage, versus the need
for new creation and artistic progress.'
Materiality and Masculinity
It’s no coincidence that Michael Petry’s first monograph,
‘The trouble with Michael’, published over a decade ago
still resonates. Incorporating themes of sexuality, time and
memory, his use of material is as sensual as it is surprising.
Often quietly confrontational, alongside his establishment
views and critique, altogether, it’s a mischievous practice. I
caught up with Michael for an in-depth discussion of recent
projects and to explore his practice more broadly, from the art
of not making to storytelling, the museum, through to heroes
Fast Arts News
'All Stone’s trademarks were here – the figures with their
heads obscured, the reversal of making in painting and the
fiercely intelligent deployment of contradiction – but with a
renewed vigour in material sensitivity and conceptual
integrity. The work looked as if it belonged in a museum at
the same time as being strikingly contemporary, effortlessly
demonstrating the continued relevance, if not sheer
urgency, of the sublime, beauty and craftsmanship.'
'Richard Stone’s work is a study in contrasts. He harnesses
contrasts toward the refinement of a delicate balance
between history and the present, questions and answers,
narratives and anti-narratives. Much of Stone’s work has a
poetic airiness and alacrity that absorbs his viewer in a
distinct gathering of ideas rich in historical, cultural,
conceptual, and material juxtapositions.'
'Art sometimes asks questions that appear to be negated
by their palpable absurdity, drawing us into a world where
conventional lines of demarcation are blurred and logic
dissolves into paradox. Richard Stone’s gleam compels
us to enquire about the differences between heroism and
romanticism, painting and sculpture, the figure and the
landscape. The answers to these questionsare embodied in
the works themselves, which form an ongoing investigation
of how contradiction simmers just beneath the surface of
'Where Stone has the edge, and arguably his more
impressive works, is in his sculptures. A bronze man strides
purposefully forward against the wind as his clothing is
blown back and the man and cloth become one
undifferentiated yet determined mass. Another bronze
features a man at rest yet his upper body suggests a
strength and power, while two small boxers eye each other
up across a plinth before they engage in a duel.'
'Bronze and marble sculptures in this exhibition function as a
modern reconstruction of past artistic styles, whether it be
19th century romanticism, abstract expressionism or heroic
realism. Here, London-based artist Stone examines the
potential for specific historical art references to intertwine,
creating an imaginative series of works that may subvert the
history of art as we know it.'