Richard Stone, born in England, lives and works in London and Pietrasanta, Italy.
London-based artist, 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.By using found objects as well as classical materials like bronze and marble and incorporating popular cultural references, he often brings about subtle disruptions to the origin or intention of such objects, materials or references, which often allude to inherent heroic or masculine ideals. Instead, looking to the counter-heroic, something more delicate in expression is revealed, which is much more about materiality itself.
With projects coming up including Nature Morte at Konsthallen-Bohusläns Museum, Sweden curated by Michael Petry and Roberto Eckholm and Art Volta Basel, Switzerland with Martine Poppe this May and June, we look at his work, best described as contemporary romantic.
” Art is, everything and nothing. “
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Photographs and text courtesy of the artist.