The ninth featured artist for OPEN, the community art event coordinated with Team London Bridge and taking place at London Bridge Hotel is Richard Starbuck who has two artworks within the exhibit.  This arts programme looks to promote those talented artists living or working in Southwark, where our hotel is sited.

Over 100 artists submitted work for consideration with 14 being asked to participate in this first phase of the London Bridge Hotel OPEN which gives potential buyers the opportunity to see an artwork in an environment more akin to a contemporary home. All OPEN art works can be purchased and the exhibition runs until June 2019.

Richard says:

“My more recent work plays with the idea of mixing colour, I have never been a colourist, I have always felt uncomfortable with colour. At art school, I was constantly told off for “muddying” or “dirtying” my paint, so I’ve always tried to be as clean as possible by using just one single colour, preferably black. But with these paintings I wanted to play with the idea of mixing the paint on the surface, with expressive brush strokes almost teasing each other, some touch and become infused, others stay untouched.

“The paintings are often small and abstract, I like the intimacy of it. From a distance, it appears quiet, but up close it speaks with movement and texture within the crevices of paint. Repetitivity is constant in my work, early works were very laborious with small marks and shapes repeated over an area. Over time my work became more expressive with movement, using the subject of hair as a signifer, past works focus on concealment and suggestion, hinting at what could be lurking just out of sight. Now
my work explores more abstract subject matter, its about the paint its self and what it hides/reveals beneath it.”

Cosmic Giggles 4
Oil on wood
5 x 7 inches
£220


Cosmic Giggles 2
Oil on wood
5 x 7 inches
£220

 


Education: Fine Art Degree at City and Guilds London Art School 2003 – 2006, Masters at City and Guilds London Art School 2006 – 2007
Awards: Shortlisted for the Threadneedle Art Prize 2012, Shortlisted for the Barbican Artworks Open Prize 2013

Instagram: @richiestarbuck101
www.richardstarbuck.com

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