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 questions
are embodied in the works themselves, which form an ongoing
investigation of how contradiction simmers just beneath the surface
of all things.'
'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.'