Stone's works materialise in many forms from objects and installation through to site-specific interventions which ultimately break down conventions of representation, offering new and explorative directions.
Themes of self, place, absence and transience are recurrent whilst existing materials and found objects are intrinsic. These are seductively reworked or reconfigured through physical processes and conceptually layered strategies.
Described as elegantly restrained, Stone's works oscillate in scale from the intimate to the monumental and resonate with a range of influences from the art historical to the popular cultural and culturally referential.
Such works have included figures engulfed in ghostly auras of smooth amorphous wax, erased landscapes, carpets unraveled and suspended, assemblages of earth, flowers, salt and other delicate ephemera and performative works.
Equally heroic and flawed in aim, Stone's works evoke physical and conceptual states of metamorphosis and flux where sharp contrasts of light and dark are interwoven with grainy expressions of solitude and stasis.
What others say:
'Richard Stone's England is a land of stilted possibility; it is a fable, shrouded in a monochrome fog that conceals a world of unfurling romanticisms. And it is reaching its end.' Philosopher and Curator, Daniel Barnes
'Stone subverts convention... defaces tradition, creating the disconcerting conundrum of both the known and unknown.' Victoria Scott, Christies
'Between light and dark, tangible and ungraspable, Richard Stone installs his spaceless sculptures where boundaries creep into their own limitlessness.' Writer, Chris Piezga
'Minimal but powerful works.' Curator, Aoife van Lindel Tol
'An artist whose recent work has resonances of Felix Gonzalez-Torres's conceptual art and the Joy Division covers designed by Peter Saville.' Barnaby Tidman, jotta
'Richard Stone is an artist who has taken the contemporary obsession with death and developed the theme along much more interesting lines.' Joe Rudkin, flavorpill.
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